2007 Winners

 

NATIONAL STRONGHOLD VETERINARY PET CARE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

 

Results were announced today for the 2007 Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards, a national award programme which invited pet owners and members of the public to write nominations and stories about the work of their veterinary services.   This is the 8th consecutive year of the national competition, organised by Pfizer Animal Health in association with the Irish Veterinary Journal.

 

  • The overall national winners of the 2007 Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards are:

Anicare Veterinary Group which has practices in Dublin at Botanic Veterinary Hospital in Glasnevin, Clontarf Veterinary Hospital on the Malahide Rd., Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital and the new Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital

  • The 2007 Stronghold National Category Award for Top Veterinary Nurse is awarded to:

Yvonne Kennedy, Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Midleton, Cork

  • The 2007 Stronghold National Category Award for Top Individual Vet is awarded to:

Eamonn Moore, Blackrock Veterinary Surgery, Proby Square, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mary Newman from Pfizer Animal Health said she was delighted with the response from members of the public to the Awards, having received quite literally hundreds of stories and nominations from Irish pet owners.

 

RETURNING TO A WELCOME HOME

“The importance of pets to people shines through in so many of the nominations we receive.  For an awful lot of people, ranging from teenagers to more elderly people, their pet makes the difference between returning to an empty home, or returning to a “welcome home” when they open their front door,” said Ms Newman.

 

“Dogs encourage people out for a walk. Pets break down social barriers between people.  Pets help many people in today’s busy and pressurised society to lead lives which are much less isolated and much more fulfilling than they might be without a pet.”

 

“The fact that pets are such loyal and cherished companions means that pet owners increasingly want the reassurance of knowing they have access to high standards of veterinary care when things go wrong,” said Ms Newman.   “The hundreds of Stronghold nominations from members of the public reflect a tremendous level of appreciation for a veterinary profession in Ireland which is skilled and professional, kind and caring.

 

VETERINARY HAS CHANGED IN IRELAND

At the awards ceremony, Anicare’s founding veterinary partner Michael Hatton echoed the view that veterinary has changed in Ireland as pets are increasingly treated “almost on a par” with other family members.

 

“With smaller family units, pets are playing increasingly important roles within the family.  At the same time we are finding that one side effect of Celtic Tiger Ireland is the fact that people have less time – for instance – to visit an elderly neighbour or relative.  We see clear cases where pets are playing a very important part in helping to combat loneliness.”

 

Mr Hatton said that the Anicare team were very proud to have been able to expand to four practices, but were very conscious of the need to strive to provide the highest possible standard of veterinary care as well as a friendly and personalised service to clients.

 

Michael Hatton and Tanis Turley, veterinary partners at Anicare Veterinary Group, received the Stronghold Perpetual Trophy and a prize valued at €2,000 at an awards ceremony in Castleknock in Dublin today (Sunday 25th November 2007).    The award was received on behalf of the Anicare team, including colleagues at Glasnevin, Clontarf, Blanchardstown and the team’s newest practice at Palmerstown.

 

The Dublin based winners received a number of nominations from members of the public for the awards.

One pet owner wrote that  “They mix professionalism with care both to my pet and the other visitors to the clinic.”  Vets are described as being “exceptionally skilled”.  Commended for instance, for researching a particular disease, treatment and outcome extensively, for their patience and for remaining 100% positive at all times.”    One pet owner simply wrote that “Some people are lucky enough to win the lotto, but I am lucky to have the best veterinary practice in the world right at my doorstep…”

 

The awards judges are always impressed when they see standards of excellence consistently reflected across the entire team in a practice, from senior vets to veterinary nurses, to assistants or trainees.  This was the case in the context of this year’s overall winners, but with the consistency also reflected across all of their practices.

 

Pet owners,Yvonne and Martin Hewitt, Shanliss Rd., Santry, Dublin 9 were awarded a prize of a weekend away, as the winning nominators.

TOP INDIVIDUAL VET

 

The Stronghold National Category Award for a Top Individual Vet was awarded to Eamonn Moore, from Blacrock Veterinary Clinic, Co. Dublin.

 

Surprisingly one pet owner seemed to be almost frustrated that his pet hasn’t had any accidents recently.

He wrote about Eamonn Moore saying: “ …. So why the nomination? Well it seems petty not to, when you think about it. After all, it’s not my vet’s fault that the little sod (pet) hasn’t tried to do himself in recently and my vet is still the same considerate, patient and professional person he was two years ago…”

 

A lady from Southside Dublin wrote “It is hoped that most people will have the pleasure of loving someone or something at least once in their lifetime.  I fell in love with a bitch called Lady….. A dog of no exalted breed, no particular beauty, became for ten years, in many respects, my reason d’etre.”
Another family described the care given to their pet dog called Kruger.  They said that they: …..“ know all owners think their dogs are special, but Kruger really was an exceptionally loving, intelligent and gentle dog who will be irreplacable…..  I cannot imagine how we would have dealt with Kruger’s passing if our vet had not been such a wonderful vet. ….we knew he was, even in death, in the best hands possible”.

This win a very significant two-in-a-row both from Eamonn and for the Stronghold Awards, because Eamonn Moore also won this same national category prize last year.

 

TOP VETERINARY NURSE

 

The Stronghold National Category Award for Top Veterinary Nurse is Yvonne Kennedy from Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Midleton, Cork
Yvonne’s is part of a practice described as amazing…with one pet owner writing: It’s the care and well being of our beloved cats that matter.  Another pet owner wrote that:   “the one nurse that stood out for us was Yvonne.  She just has a loveliness and gentleness about her……Some things are hard to put into words but when you come across someone who has a natural kindness, you don’t forget them…”

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

At the 2007 Stronghold Awards Ceremony, a number of veterinary professionals were Highly Commended at a national level by the judging panel.

 

Highly Commended veterinary practices were:

  • Animal Welfare Hospital, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2
  • Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Midleton, Co Cork

Highly Commended individual vets were:

  • Gillian Hick, Cloverhill Veterinary, Glenealy, Co Wicklow
  • John O’Mahony, Animal Care Hospital, Douglas, Cork
  • Annette Quegan, Pet Vet, Wexford town and New Ross
  • Tom Rennick, Tuam, Co Galway

Highly Commended veterinary nursing/ support staff were:

  • Elisha Fahy, Hanaghan Veterinary Hospital, Ballyvary, Co Mayo
  • Caitriona Higgins, Artane Veterinary Clinic, Raheny Rd., Dublin 5
  • Lisa O’Donovan, previously Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Cork, who has recently joined the ISPCA

 

ENDS

 

Date:                 Sunday 25th November, 2007

 

Issued by:           Antonina Ni Dhuinn, Progress Communications  01-2766117 info@progresspr.ie

Or contact          Michael Hatton, Anicare Veterinary Group tel: 01-8375543

Tanis Turley, Anicare Veterinary Group tel: 01-8330744 o

 

Further Background Information: winning veterinary hospital

 

Anicare Veterinary was founded first in Glasnevin (Botanic Veterinary Hospital) by Michael Hatton in 1991.

 

Tanis Turley joined in 1995 when the team opened the Clontarf Veterinary Hospital on the Malahide Road, with Tanis becoming a partner in 1997.  Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital opened in 2005 and now the team are opening a new practice, with Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital.

 

Regular Continual Professional Development (CPD) educational programmes are encouraged both with vets attending conferences and requesting in-house CPD programmes which are tailor made to suit the team’s needs.   With a team of this size there is room for individual’s to develop specialised areas of interest, which also means that there are times when cases can be reffered for a further consult to an in-house colleague rather than externally.   Investment within the practices is also ongoing – ranging from new equipment and technologies, to refurbishments and decor to create a pleasant and welcoming environment for both clients and staff.

 

Partner Tanis Turley was the overall winner of the Stronghold Award in 2001 and this team from Anicare has previously been Highly Commended at national level in the awards.    You can also visit  www.anicare.ie

 

SAMPLE EXTRACTS FROM NOMINATIONS FOR 2007 FINALISTS

 

CORK

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork – vet nurse Lisa O’Donovan  Tel 021-4317019

“Following Homer’s death, Lisa rang almost every day (at her own expense) to listen, sympathise, talk about our beloved, loving dog……Without her unbelievable support and help it would have been even more difficult than it has been to have lost him….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork – vet nurse Lisa O’Donovan  Tel 021-4317019

“ I know without a shadow of a doubt that my husband and I would not have been able to care with such an ill dog without the knowledge that we had Lisa in support….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony  Tel  021-4893033

“John saved Misty’s life.  She now runs all over the place on 3 legs and doesn’t even realise she is missing a leg.  ….The accident hasn’t stopped Misty doing what any “4” legged dog does.  She even out-runs our other dog Wilson when they are fetching a ball.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony & team  Tel  021-4893033

“In April this year, Easter bank holiday, Buddy became dangerously ill.  John still spent that weekend treating Buddy, and again the recovery was miraculous.  Always John would say “enjoy the time you have left…..”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony  Tel  021-4893033

“I started my life as a feral……  I was foraging for food I got a chicken bone stuck in my jaw.  To paint the picture, I was in (their) garden, bald and frothing at the mouth and submitting myself for help (I am sure you will understand this is not easy for a cat).  The people of the house referred to me as that “skanky legged cat out the back”.  They also contacted the Animal Care Society and 2 mornings on the trot before 8.00am a kind lady arrived with a cage to try to capture me….I out foxed them….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly, nurses Trease Gould, Yvonne Kennedy and colleagues Sarah Hearon, Clar O’Brien, Liz and Marie  Tel  021-4613672

“My husband bought Sally Ann for me for my 69th birthday in June, as he knew I wouldn’t stay alone in the house without a dog (result of a stroke)……Today she barks when the phone rings and I’m deaf and I go and answer it.  The door bell she barks again.  I told Liam the dog was my ears.”

 

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly & Barbara  Tel  021-4613672

“I have lost my best friend and most loyal companion……However I am happier in the knowledge that over his final months he enjoyed himself without any pain or distress, and we were all able to enjoy the extra time we had with him…..Bruce was a dog in a million and in Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, he was treated as just that.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly  Tel  021-4613672

“Unkowns to me, she was struck by a car on the main road causing her serious injury.  The car failed to stop, but a kind lady and her daughter, who were travelling behind, witnessed the accident and stopped to attend to daisy.  They were shocked at what they had seen and at the distress of the dog…..Daisy was, and is, a part of our family, who has brought warmth and love to enrich us all…” 

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly, vet nurse Yvonne   Tel  021-4613672

“But the one nurse that stood out for us was Yvonne.  She just has a loveliness and gentleness about her……Some things are hard to put into words but when you come across someone who has a natural kindness, you don’t forget them…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork –  vet nurses Yvonne & Therese   Tel  021-4613672

“I had to call them out at 6am Sunday morning as he developed a blood clot.  The support we have received from this practice is amazing……. It’s the care and well being of our beloved cats that matter.”

 

DUBLIN

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vet Fintan Browne Tel 01-8375543

“Fintan was exceptionally skilled, he researched the disease, treatment and outcome extensively.  He was extremely patient, yet he was 100% positive at all times.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vets Fintan Browne, Susan Barry and colleagues Maria  Tel 01-8375543

“During the thirteen years while I had Sammy (rescue cat) the team have been most helpful and understanding.  Sammy had many visits to the practice.  Particularly during the past eighteen months….  “

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vet Michael Hatton and all of the team Tel 01-8375543

“They actually have 3 clinics, we have used all – our main one however is the Botanic Clinic. …..The practice has increased in size over the last few years, but due to great management they have not lost that homely and friendly manner. …”

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/Clontarf Veterinary, 66 Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 – team

Tel 01  8330744

“They mix professionalism with care both to my pet and the other visitors to the clinic.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/Clontarf Veterinary, 66 Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 – Tanis Turley and team  Tel  01 8330744

“Some people are lucky enough to win the lotto, but I am lucky to have the best veterinary practice in the world right at my doorstep…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Welfare Veterinary Hospital, 40 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 – John Hardy, Michael Brady, Paul Hurley and team  Tel 01 6714303
This is an exceptional practice, where the emphasis is on care. Each vet…..displays the same attitude of kindness, consideration and concern…” 

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Welfare Veterinary Hospital, 40 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 – John Hardy, Michael Brady, Paul Hurley, Suzie Mitchell, John, Hazel, Grainne and team  Tel 01 6714303
She is very nervous at the visits.  The vets have been very resourceful in suggesting ways to relax her and ger her, her treatment, with tenderness and understanding on an ongoing basis.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Artane Veterinary Clinic, 124 Raheny Road, Dublin 5 – Vet Nurse Caitriona Higgins  Tel  01-8478044

…Her dream began, learning, working and caring for animals on a daily basis.  As she has a warm personality this shun through to pet owners coming into the practice worried about their little pets…..

But in October 2002, her whole world fell apart…..”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore & Team  Tel 01-2889641
“ …. So why the nomination? Well it seems petty not to, when you think about it. After all, it’s not Eamonn’s fault that the little sod hasn’t tried to do himself in recently and Eamonn is still the same considerate, patient and professional person he was two years ago…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore Tel 01-2889641
“I know all owners think their dogs are special, but Kruger really was an exceptionally loving, intelligent and gentle dog who will be irreplacable…..

I cannot imagine how we would have dealt with Kruger’s passing if Eamonn had not been such a wonderful vet

. ….we knew he was, even in death, in the best hands possible”.

 Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore Tel 01-2889641
“It is hoped that most people will have the pleasure of loving someone or something at least once in their lifetime.  I fell in love with a bitch called Lady…..

A dog of no exalted breed, no particular beauty, became for ten years, in many respects, my reason d’etre.”

 

GALWAY

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Tom Rennick Veterinary, Church View, Tuam , Co Galway- Vet: Tom Rennick & colleague Carmel

Tel 093-24546
Claddagh has a number of illness’s  but I would not change him for the world neither would I change my vet….”

 

MAYO

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Hanaghan Veterinary Hospital, Ballyvary , Co Mayo – Vet: Runa Hanaghan, vet nurse Elisha Fahy & Team  Tel 094-9289007

“When your animal is ill, no matter how minor, it’s an anxious time and I really can rest assured knowing that they are all in such good hands….” 

 

WEXFORD

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Pet Vet, Wexford Rd., New Ross, Co.Wexford – Vet: Annette Quegan
Tel 051 445484
 “Having a pet shapes your life and your lifestyle for the duration of their lives with us. Anyone who has ever had and loved a pet will understand the sadness that is involved when their pet dies….”

Veterinary Service nominated:

Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford & Wexford Road, New RossAnnette, Caroline, Emma, Brid & Ailish and team Tel 053 – 9126523 & 051-445484

“…..To Caroline who on 12 July ’07 had the unfortunate task of breaking my heart…… My heart is still broken, first time in 51 years.  I don’t have my special friend – a dog….  “

 

WICKLOW

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Cloverhill Veterinary, Glenealy, Co Wicklow  – Vet Gillian Hick, colleague Nicola and team

Tel  0404-44505

…She is not only an excellent vet, she is the most compassionate, considerate and caring person I know.  She is part friend and social worker….”

 

 

Samples of nomination can be found at www.progresspr.ie/petcare.htm

in the 2007 Judge’s Selection