2008 Judge’s Selection

2008 Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards

 

INTRODUCTION

– A SAMPLE OF WHAT YOU WILL FIND IF YOU READ THE COMPLETE NOMINATIONS

PUBLISHED IN FULL BELOW:

 

CLARE

 

Harveys Veterinary Clinic, Vandeleur St, Kilrush, Co Clare.
Vet:    Nikki Harvey
Other: Niamh
I am crying as I write this as Penny was like a child and in 14 years was apart from me for no more than 15 days. She was part of the family and even got Christmas and birthday cards from many of our friends and family.

 

Nikki made her end dignified and treated both Penny and us with compassion and professionalism

 

CORK

 

Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork  Tel 021-4317019

Vet:  Michael Ryan

Michael gave me 2 ½ more years with him and he knew that dog meant the world to me….I was heartbroken that day.  Michael even phoned  me  3 days later to see if I was coping ok

 

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork

Team, contact John O’Mahony

He was a nervous fearful little rescue dog.  Now he bounces into the hospital without a care in the world.

 

Animal Care Hospital, Fingerpost, Cork

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Lynn

….one of the nurses , her name is Lynn. To me, she is the mother Theresa of all animals.
Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost Douglas Cork
Team, contact John O’Mahony
In late June our nine-and-a-half year old Terrier, Mulder, was diagnosed with spinal damage. It happened very suddenly while he was playing with his ball. We heard him yelp and within three hours unsteadiness on his legs turned into complete paralysis…….
Animal Care Hospital Douglas, Cork
Team, contact John O’Mahony
This practice has been looking after my own animals, dogs and cats, for at least 20 years….
However, about 8 years ago I became deeply involved in the care and neutering of feral cats and rehoming their kittens after taming….
We could not function as we do without the support and help of this practice. 

 

Fachtna Collins Veterinary, Barrack St, Bantry Co Cork
Team, contact Jennifer Carroll
I am a volunteer for the West Cork Animal Care Society (ACS, www.animalcaresociety.ie) and have fostered kittens and cats for the past 5 years. More often than not they arrive in terrible condition; undernourished, flea-, lice- and worm-ridden, thick with flu…..They both go above and beyond the basic roles of vet and assistant to provide care for neglected animals who desperately need it.

 

Awbeg Veterinary Group, New Line, Charleville, Co.Cork
Team:  Awbeg Veterinary Surgery
Vet: TJ Bluett

…. Sunday….we find a tiny unconscious kitten, no bigger than the palm of my hand in the middle of the road….Kitten  now rules the roost at our home!

Friday evening 8pm, our rescued ex-foxhound bitch appears outside the back door with her left eye hanging out of it’s socket…..
Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Knockgriffin Industrial Est, Cork Rd, Midleton, Co Cork
Vet:Liam O’Reilly
My daughter Leah is on the Austic Spectrum  ie Aspergers. …Her “baby” recently had puppies and Liam has been outstanding in his care of our brood and mindful of my daughter’s needs and feelings.
Mackessy’s Veterinary, Lower Rd, Newmarket, Co.Cork
Vet:     Ita Walsh & Denis Mackessy
I managed to rescue the hedgehog but one side of its face was very badly mutilated…

 

Ark Veterinary Clinic, O’Neill-Crowley Quay, Fermoy, Co Cork

Vet nomination – contact                     Cathal O’Connor

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Evelyn Eustace

I work in St Francis’ home for the elderly in Fermoy.  Pussy arrived to us years ago !! and was adopted by the residents. Pussy is very important in their lives…..

 

DONEGAL

 

Seaview Veterinary Clinic, Rathmore, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

Vet nomination: Muir Tyler

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact: Majella Quigley

…. always friendly, very helpful and caring staff…. 

 

 

DUBLIN

 

Anicare Veterinary Group, 183 Botanic Avenue , Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Team:  Team, Mr Michael Hatton
Other:  Maria Ginty
We have dealt with her over the years and know she is always at the end of a phone ……..Maria has taken them under her wing and she is a great role model to follow.  She is the wise owl !

Anicare Veterinary Group, 183 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Vet:      Mary Geary
Other:  Maria
Even as a human I have not received the standard of care that my cats enjoy …….

It was a dog he had rescued from the pound, only the day before but it had cut its paw pad quite badly en route to the vets for its initial check up. The dog was bleeding profusely all over the waiting room and seemed absolutely terrified and distrustful of humans.

 

Anicare/Botanic Veterinary Clinic, 183 Botanic Road Glasnevin Dublin 9
Vet:      Mary Geary
In June 2008, I noticed a large lump on the leg of my dog Molly. ….Mary does not just treat Molly’s physical problems, she knows that she is a beloved member of the family, who we could not bear to loose so soon.  She is always so considerate of our feelings and fears and makes us feel so reassured that Molly is getting the best chance she can.

 

Animal Welfare Vetinary Clinic, 40 Charlemont Street,  Dublin 2
Team:  Team, John Hardy
Vet:      Michael Brady (& John Hardy – hard to seperate)

Loosing two long term pets in our family over the space of a year, was a huge blow to us, and when loosing Holly, my mother broke down in the vet clinic…..

 

Argyle & Bainbridge Vets (A & B Vets), Overton, Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Team nomination – contact                  All of team

Vet nomination – contact                     Malcolm Argyle

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Debbie Hussey

…..have been our vets since 1983 and during that time have given great care to our five cats (2 of whom have gone to cat heaven after a long and healthy life).

….And the nurses were lovely – a little deaf after two days of Tom howling, but they will recover..

 

Blackrock Veterinary Clinic, Wilton Cottage, 25 Stillorgan Park, Blackrock, Co.Dublin
Vet:      Eamonn Moore
Other:  MELANIE
Melanie is a super nurse, wise beyond her young years, fun, kind, professional and knowledgable. I should have nominated her many times before now…..

 

Cara Veterinary Hospital, Unit 233, Blanchardstown, Dn 15

Vet:      Sydney Nagle
Three days after we moved to Co. Sligo, Sikulubani Shula, “Shula”, fell very ill. It was 3 days after her final inoculations and the local emergency vet diagnosed Parvovirus…..

 

Ark Vetcare (Treanor & Glynn), 33, Patick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Vet:                  Paddy Treanor
Some of my earliest memories are of going to visit Paddy with my Dad and one another of our animals…
I really hope you will appreciate his long, patient years of progressive service….

Ark Vetcare, 33, St.Patrick’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Vet:      Paddy Treanor
 Paddy has always taken wonderful care of my dogs and before that, my children’s dogs and assorted pets.

 

GALWAY

 

Ark Veterinary Clinic, 46 St Mary’s Road Galway
Team:  Aidan Miller
The clinic understands that pets are important to the humans that they live with and do everything they can to help the humans care for and understand the illness of a sick pet.

 

Type of pet:7 cats, 2 dogs, 1 python
T. Rennick Veterinary, Church View, Tuam, Co. Galway
Vet:      Thomas Rennick
Other:  Carmel
I am 33 years old, Mr. Pussy was 28………When my mother passed away 4 and a half years ago, I took Mr. Pussy to live with me. ……..The day Mr. Pussy passed away, I fainted briefly….

 

KERRY

 

All Care Veterinary Centre, Park Road, Killarney, Co Kerry

Team nomination – contact                  All

Vet nomination – contact                     Danny, Gary

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Fenika, Theresa

My Sasha is now stable diabetic.  She also has glaucoma but is as happy as a pup and full of energy now.

 

KILDARE

 

Animals First Veterinary Hospital, Unit C, Link Business Park, Kilcullen, Co Kildare

Team, contact Rachael Gordon

Recently we had a great sadness when Finn (10 year old greyhound) died of bone cancer but I cannot praise Rachael, Conor and the practice nurses enough for the care they gave him ……..He had been neglected, had to have 24 teeth extracted on his arrival there and had very bad arthritis.  However with regular veterinary care he was in great form and like a “ten year old puppy” until the cancer struck.

 

Animals First Veterinary Hospital, Link Business Park, Kilcullen, Co Kildare
When we were on holidays, Bella suffered a very massive heart attack in the kennels………..

 

Barrack Gate Veterinary Clinic, Newbridge Road, Naas, Co Kildare

Team nomination – contact                  Team, Jim Burns MRCVS

Vet nomination – contact                     Jim Burns, MRCVS

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Margaret Burns, veterinary nurse

When you love your pets as much as my family does, nothing is more important than to find a vet who will show the sensitivity you feel your pets deserve and who realises what a responsibility it is to reward the utmost care and trust these helpless animals place in you. 

 

Barrack Gate Veterinary Clinic, Newbridge Rd, Naas, Co. Kildare
Vet:      Jimmy Burns
My beloved Bunker whom I loved with all my heart and soul went into heart failure after a fight with another dog…………..

 

Moss Veterinary, IDA Industrial Estate, Monread Rd., Naas, Co. Kildare
Team:Julie or Edward
I’ve brought in dogs who were so scared that they wouldn’t walk and had to be carried and after 2 days in Moss they’ve trotted back out happy and relaxed and I know it’s all down to the fantastic hands on care

 

KILKENNY

 

Abbeyside Veterinary, Dublin Road, Kilkenny City

Team nomination – contact                  Pat Carroll

Our other jealous family pet, Meg, attacked Jenny when they brought over food.  Jenny was basically left with her head hanging off….

 

LIMERICK

 

Crescent Veterinary Clinic, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick
Team:  Hugh O’Callaghan
Vet:      Michael Canty
She was brought in by Limerick Animal Welfare team with a broken leg which had begun to set the wrong way. Now, with an inserted plate, she is a happy, healthy , vigorous dog. 

 

Crescent Veterinary, Dooradoyle, Limerick

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Anne Marie Cronin

She often takes pups home to foster when there was no space available for them anywhere else.  She is a treasure.  When my own dog was sick with pancreatitis, Ann Marie was brilliant because she kept me up to date with what was going on….

 

LOUTH

 

Allpets Veterinary Hospital, Bloomsbury Centre, Donore Rd., Drogheda, Co Louth

Team nomination – contact                  Ann Marie Horgan

Vet nomination – contact                     Ann Marie Horgan and Vibeke Fosse

Jessie was losing weight rapidly and we were struggling to cope with the emotional strain of watching our beautiful girl wasting away, in pain and constanly on drips and anti biotics.  She had a terrible attack, where to go from here, were we at the end of the road, was she suffering, were we being cruel ?

 

MAYO

 

Lodge Veterinary Hospital, Lodge Road, Westport, Co Mayo

Team nomination – contact                  team, contact John Corrigan

Vet nomination – contact                     John P. Corrigan MVB

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Fiona and Stephanie

I rescue abandoned and unwanted animals, mainly dogs and goats, some of them sick or injured. ….

Many of them, especially the dogs, have been abused, so are terrified at being handled by humans.  But John gains their trust in a very short time, by being gentle and talking quietly to them.  He has a good “bedside manner”….

 

MONAGHAN

 

McKenna, McDonald & Finlay, Tullyherim Monaghan Co. Monaghan

Vet: Kate McDonald
….  Even with a filled waiting room of clients, she will take a great deal of time and attention on any dog I bring  in, as if I was the only one there needing assistance.
McKenna, McDonald & Finlay, Tullyherim, Monaghan

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact                Imelda Mone

She has a particular love of horses and on one occasion where our young yearling Tilly was seriously ill, she voluntarily got her boyfriend with a horsebox to take it to Troytown Veterinary Hospital and she accompanied it herself on the 3 hour anxious journey….

 

McKenna, McManus & Finlay, Tullyherim, Monaghan

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact                Imelda Mone

I would particularly like to nominate veterinary nurse Imelda Mone for her care and sensitivity in dealing with the public and especially the animals

 

SLIGO

 

Inishfree Veterinary Hospital, Pearse Road, Sligo

Vet nomination – contact                                 Darren Carr, MVB

One morning my 14 ½ year old…. Cora, collapsed completely due to heart failure………….

After my phone call, Darren came as quickly as he could, and gave Cora very gently the relaxing last injection.  She died peacefully in my arms.

 

Since I was on my own, with no help at hand and handicapped due to a fractured shoulder, Darren lifted heavy Cora – approx 56 kg – on to a wheelbarrow and carted her the steep hill for me to her last resting place

 

TIPPERARY

 

Brittas Veterinary Practice, Brittas Vetrinary Practice Thurles-Templemore Road, Thurles, County Tipperary
Team: John Fitzgerald
…. From the most difficult, semi-feral lurcher to frightened young greyhound left in the pounds to be put to sleep to an over-confident 90-pound hooligan, I know, I always know, that all will be well: the semi-feral lurcher came out a little bit less wild (the staff thought she was “sweet”); the frightened dog a little less shy, and the hooligan being a bit more careful about his shenanigans.

Jim Fuller Veterinary, Limerick Street Roscrea, County Tipperary
Vet:Jim Fuller Veterinary Practice

 …….Jim turned and scooped her up in his arms, carried her the rest of the way, and gently set her down on the duvet cover I had spread out. She quickly laid down on it, and we both stroked her as she was relieved of her suffering and quietly drifted off to her forever sleep……I placed some flowers on top of her, and Jim took a spade and covered her over. I was very touched by his actions.

 

WATERFORD

 

Deise Veterinary Group, Killossera, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Team nomination – contact                  Team, contact Dr Johanna Tambute Power

Vet nomination – contact                     Vet, Dr Johanna Tambute Power

I witnessed her kindness when I saw her with a couple with a young child…She had photographed, with her mobile phone, what had happened and how she had fixed it and was re-assured the child that her pet would not be in pain while it recovered.

 

Deise Vet Group, Killossera, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Vet nomination – contact                     Dr Johanna Tambute-Power

….A few weeks later my next door neighbour’s German Shepherd dog who had been ill also needed her assistance to be put to sleep.  The owner is a very elderly man who is quite ill himself, I was present with him when she came and quietly confidently and with great understanding for this ill man, did what was necessary and lifted the dog out, placing it in her jeep to go for cremation. 

 

Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Riverside Park, Kilrush or Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Helen

These wild animals cannot thank him or his staff in person – I do – and I believe that you will too. 

 

Riverside Veterinary Clinic, Davitt’s Quay Dungarvan Co Waterford
Team:Patrick Morrissey
Vet:Donal O’Mahony
Other:Helen Gould (nurse)
At present I am hand rearing a litter of abandonded newborn kittens. A dificult and exhausting task made possible with the incredible support and dedication of the entire Riverside Clinic team.

 

WEXFORD

 

Gubbins & O’Shea – The Veterinary Centre, Distillery Road, Wexford

Team nomination – contact                  All

Vet nomination – contact                     Richard Bramley & Brian O’Shea

Spent all day holding her, she was no longer purring…..  The next day Cheeky purred and she lay on the bed with the electric blanket on and the sun shining through the window so she lay on her back with the sun warm on her tummy.  I went outside and chose one of her favourite sites and dug her grave awash with tears.

 

Gubbins, O Shea & Bramley, The Veterinary Centre Distillary Road Wexford
Vet:Mr Richard Bramley
He is so kind to the animals and has such a love of all animals its so special…..  He really does go above and beyond the call of duty with each animal he treats

 

Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross, Co Wexford

Vet nomination – contact                                 Annette Quegan

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact                Ailish, Marie, Emma, Stephanie, Caroline

Not a day goes by when I don’t think of my little Bud.  I miss him like crazy.  I still look for him to greet me when I return from college.  It was the hardest decision that I ever had to make in my whole life…..Only for Annette and all her help and advice I don’t think that I would have got through it. 

 

Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross, Co Wexford

Team nomination – contact                  Annette and team

Vet nomination – contact                     Annette Quegan

…. it all went very well.  I was handled so carefully and the “after care” was great.  They had special cushions and beds for me so I wouldn’t have to climb the stairs.  But I just flew up to my room to the amazement of everyone.  Couldn’t see what the fuss was about.

 

:Pet Vet, New Ross Co Wexford
Team:  Annette, Emma, Stephanie, Jacinta, Marie
Vet:      Annette
Other:  Emma
 As she stitched him he pulled them out as quick, she persisted and watched him night and day.She talked us through an emergency over a weekend when yet again he managed to get at the stiches,always giving us hope and after five weeks of tender loving care he is now back to normal and in great form.

 

Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford, Ireland.
Team:  Ailish Furlong
Other: Ailish Furlong (RNV/RGN)
…. both myself and my pet have been treated to exceptionally high standards,  from the friendly chit chat to the most professional medical treatment received by my pet

 

Pet Vet, New Ross  Co. Wexford also Kerlogue Business Park Wexford
Team:  Annette Quegan
Vet:      Annette Quegan and Caroline
Other:  Marie, Stefani, Ailish, Emma,
I have 5 cats and one dog and they are my pride and joy. I love them with all my heart. When they are unwell it means the world to me to know that they will get the best possible care
Pet Vet, Wexford Road, New Ross, Co Wexford and also at Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford
Team:  Annette Quegan
Vet:      Annette Quegan and Caroline
Other:  Marie and Stephanie
What ever time Lucky has left (and I don’t think in those terms) – he has a quality of life now that he didn’t have earlier in the year.  To look at him now he’s a very happy and relaxed chap and enjoying every minute of life.

 

WICKLOW

 

Greystones Vet Hospital/Harbour, The Harbour, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Vet: Enda Costigan

He always gives patients a huge amount of time and one never feels he is rushing you out to deal with the next consultation

 

Greystones Vet Hospital/Harbour, The Harbour, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Team , contact Enda Costigan

In my 30 years of keeping  dogs and others, I can honestly say I have never come across a vet with the understanding, compassion and just a unique empathy that Enda has. 

 

 

 

 

2008 JUDGE’S SELECTION – SAMPLE NOMINATIONS

 

 

CLARE
Vet Info:
Practise/Surgery:Harveys Veterinary Clinic
Vet:    Nikki Harvey
Other: Niamh
Address of Practise/Surgery:Vandeleur St, Kilrush, Co Clare.

Reason for Nomination:

 

When Penny became ill late one evening I called Nikki who immediately met me in the clinic to treat Penny who had laboured breathing and was in distress.
The following morning Nikki treated Penny again and following  an ECG diagnosed an enlarged heart and prescribed medication which she said may or may not be sucessful.
Two days later Penny was again in trouble late at night and I couldn’t bear to see her suffer. I called Nikki on her mobile and within half an hour at 10pm she called to the house . We agreed the best thing to do was put her to sleep and Nikki sat with us for half an hour while the sedative was working. When Penny was dozing Nikki put her to sleep gently and sweetly.
I am crying as I write this as Penny was like a child and in 14 years was apart from me for no more than 15 days. She was part of the family and even got Christmas and birthday cards from many of our friends and family.

 

Nikki made her end dignified and treated both Penny and us with compassion and professionalism, she is everything a caring vet should be and I would like to nominate her for an award.

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CORK

 

Practice:           Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork  Tel 021-4317019

Vet nomination – contact                     Michael Ryan

 

Reason for Nomination:

I would like to nominate my vet because he is kind, caring and always there when I need him.  Nothing is ever too much trouble for him.

 

My last dog was diabetic and Michael did everything in his power for him.  We had to inject him twice a day for the last 2 ½ years of his life.  Sadly we had to part with him last December and Michael was so kind and comforting to me.   I could never thank him enough for all he did for Prince .  Michael gave me 2 ½ more years with him and he knew that dog meant the world to me.

 

I was heartbroken that day.  Michael even phoned  me 3 days later to see if I was coping ok and to know how I was.  He always put me at ease if I was worried about my dog and he was there day or night.

 

I now have a new dog and he is attending to him and Ben really likes him.  Michael has a great way with animals.  I have been going to vets 20 years now, out of that I know Michael 4 years and there is no stuffyness or abruptness about him.   He is very natural and down to earth with a sense of humour and I think he should be vet of the year without a doubt.

 

Simply the best.

 

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Practice:                       Animal Care Hospital

Address                        14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork

Tel/E mail                    021-4893033

Team nomination – contact                  Team, contact John O’Mahony

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

During the past year I have used the services of the practice on a regular basis.  All of my three pets have had problems.

 

Fred had a cruciate ligament replacement. The operation was performed with efficiency and sensitivity. There was no need to fear injections because of the cleanliness of the premises and the professionalism of the staff..  Fred is now well and happy.  He continues to have treatment for arthritis.  He was a nervous fearful little rescue dog.  Now he bounces into the hospital without a care in the world.

 

Nellie, the GSD, had treatment for gastric troubles which necessitated a stay in the hospital. Again she is well and happy following first class care.

 

Puss has an immune deficiency disorder.  She is seen and treated on a regular basis.  Without the care received it is doubtful if she would be alive.

 

What is particularly helpful is the willingness of all of the staff to take telephone enquiries, guide anxious owners and alleviate anxiety.  This is a real bonus for me because of distance from the practice.

 

It gives me great pleasure to nominate the team under the leadership of John O’Mahony.

 

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Practice:                       Animal Care Hospital

Address                        Fingerpost, Cork

Tel/E mail                    4893033

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Lynn

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Well I am writing to you on behalf of all the team in the practice but as in all walks of life there is always one person that stands out and that is one of the nurses , her name is Lynn.

 

To me, she is the mother Theresa of all animals.

 

She has all the qualities you could imagine (and probably does not realise it).  They say a picture says a thousand words, this girl is a “must see” like the Rose of Tralee, it’s all in the eyes, giving always of her best and beyond, never refuses to take home orphaned kittens and puppies, feeding every 2 hours and still will wear that lovely smile when you go into the surgery the next day.

 

Definitely has the X factor.  I could go on and on but as the old saying goes, “good products need no advertising”.  All the best Lynn.

 

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Practise/Surgery:Animal Care Hospital
Team:   Team, contact John O’Mahony
Address of Practise/Surgery:14 The Fingerpost Douglas Cork
Practise/Surgery Telephone:021 4893033

Reason for Nomination:

 

In late June our nine-and-a-half year old Terrier, Mulder, was diagnosed with spinal damage. It happened very suddenly while he was playing with his ball. We heard him yelp and within three hours unsteadiness on his legs turned into complete paralysis.

 

We contacted our veterinary clinic, The Animal Care Hospital, which luckily has a 24-hour emergency service. Even though it was 11:00 p.m. we were able to take Mulder in immediately.  Stephanie Larkin, one of the clinic’s vets, was on call and administered a steroid shot to help eliminate inflammation. She made sure we knew how important it was we went back to the clinic immediately the next day and her considerate care at this initial and very stressful stage made us feel we were taking our dog to a caring and professional veterinary clinic.

We took Mulder back to the clinic very early the following morning and over the next week he was in the care of the staff of the Animal Care Hospital. Carl McAuliffe, whom we have nominated for an award separately, performed a detailed spinal surgery.  This corrected the damage, but the outstanding care and consideration shown to us and to Mulder by everyone at the clinic has also to be singled out.

Both Mulder and our second dog, Scully, have been taken to the Animal Care Hospital since we adopted them, in Mulder’s case more than six years. Throughout that time there have been many occasions when we have recognised our good fortune in choosing the Animal Care Hospital for our dogs’ care.  In this instance, John O’Mahony and his entire staff succeeded in correcting a particularly severe injury with a professional commitment and outstanding skill that others simply may not have been able to facilitate. Their enormous commitment to surgical excellence is obviously a major concern and in this case we know it resulted in a great success.

Carl McAuliffe recently joined the clinic and would be able to perform the spinal surgery. John quickly referred Mulder to his care. Carl’s great surgical skill and outstanding animal care was coupled with John’s usual warmth, interest, openness and kindness throughout the entire diagnosis period and after surgery as well. We knew, once again, we were at the right veterinary hospital.  If there were a chance for Mulder to get better, whatever was needed would be made available.

What we know to be a complicated and lengthy surgery was followed by a week of post-operative care at the clinic. In addition to the veterinary nursing staff both Carl McAuliffe and Mairead Walsh were taking care of Mulder while he recovered. Whenever we called for an update we were put immediately in touch with Carl. We were never made to feel that we were interfering or taking up time.  Despite the clinic being very busy, our calls were always welcome.

We also know how caring and open the veterinary nursing staff were, and how gentle and kind their interaction with Mulder was. We had many signs of this care, and not only from the nursing staff but the vets too. While in the clinic Mulder had not been eating enough so Carl made a point of keeping fresh chicken in the fridge. This kind of detail helped us relax somewhat in a time when our dog was out of our own care.

The generosity and care of the staff continued to be obvious after we had taken Mulder home as well. Whenever we called the clinic for information or to book a check-up, not only did we get whatever answers we needed but were always asked how Mulder was doing. We always felt there was a genuine interest in his wellbeing and improvement and this told us that he must have been in the best of hands while at the clinic.

Once we had taken Mulder home, each visit to the clinic for follow-up was greeted by nursing staff with warmth, interest and lots of pets.  On one occasion we took video images to show Carl how Mulder was moving about in the garden. Carl wanted to show these to others working that day and everyone there wanted to see the images and Mulder as well and were genuinely delighted with his improvement. Again, this kind of obvious interest in the dog’s progress made us feel he must have been well looked after while away from us.

I also want to applaud the administration of the Animal Care Hospital.  Mulder is covered by pet insurance, which paid for the cost of the surgery. Because of the extent of the surgery our insurer was looking for very detailed information and even referred the matter to their referral vet. We know the Animal Care Hospital’s invoice itemized everything in the greatest detail so our insurer had all the information that was needed. And we know from our own experience of the professional nature of the Animal Care Hospital’s administration any questions our insurer had would have been answered quickly and completely. In a stressful time, this kind of professionalism is even more appreciated and cannot be over-emphasised.

Cork is very fortunate to have such a committed, professional and involved animal care team as the Animal Care Hospital and I simply do not hesitate in nominating them for your Veterinary Pet Care Award as Best Entire Practice Team.

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Practise/Surgery:Animal Care Hospital Douglas, Cork
Team:  Team, contact John O’Mahony
Address of Practise/Surgery:The Finger Post, Douglas, Cork
Practise/Surgery Telephone:021 4893033

Reason for Nomination:

This practice has been looking after my own animals, dogs and cats, for at least 20 years, and over that time have on many occasions successfully and patiently treated various mishaps and illnesses.

However, about 8 years ago I became deeply involved in the care and neutering of feral cats and rehoming their kittens after taming.   Whatever the number of cats (sometimes up to 12 on one day from various people who are all involved in trapping) and whatever the time of day that we bring them in, we are invariably welcome, the cats are neutered with the least possible delay,(and are routinely treated with Stronghold).   This prompt attention to stressed and frightened cats means that they can be brought home for recovery and release with as little delay as possible.   When they are brought home, they usually run off, and then stop and look around as if to say “what was all that about”.

There are many stories of the care and compassion shown to these feral cats and also to the injured or sick cats and kittens that have been treated.  e.g. there were 5 kittens apparently blind – not just normal severe swelling and discharge – and suffering badly from cat flu.   These were all slightly anesthetised, their eyes examined and John confirmed that they all had eyes.   With treatment, indeed these kittens made a good recovery.

 

There was the elderly skeletal longhaired white cat, with serious ear cancer, found dying under a hedge.  She was brought in late one night, fed, and the following morning had an operation on her ear.   She is now boss of the household.

There are the road traffic accident victims who are brought in by other people, treated free of charge, and kept until they can be placed in a foster home, returned to their owners, or rehomed.

We could not function as we do without the support and help of this practice.  All the spaying and neutering and vaccinations for the cats or their kittens is done at a much reduced cost.  Every single one of the team cares deeply for the animals they treat, and helps us in every way they can.  I would like to nominate every one of them for this award, and hope that they will be successful.

Cork Cat Action Trust

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Practise/Surgery:Fachtna Collins
Team:   Team, contact Jennifer Carroll
Address of Practise/Surgery:Barrack St Bantry Co Cork
Practise/Surgery Telephone:027 53639
Practise/Surgery E-mail:jennavta@eircom.net

Reason for Nomination:

 

I am a volunteer for the West Cork Animal Care Society (ACS, www.animalcaresociety.ie) and have fostered kittens and cats for the past 5 years. More often than not they arrive in terrible condition; undernourished, flea-, lice- and worm-ridden, thick with flu. We’ve had kittens with head injuries, broken bones, FIV, FeLV, FIP; horrific eye conditions which are so far gone they don’t respond to eye treatment and require the removal of the eye; we’ve had burn victims.

 

Nearly all are the victims of neglect and abuse. You can see some of their stories at www.booksteps.ie/cats. Some are rescued as a result of our trap, neuter, release programme; some are dumped; some are brought in by the public; some are brought to Fachtna’s practice to be euthanased because their humans can’t be bothered – sometimes Fachtna can persuade the clients to let the ACS care for the animal; sometimes he can’t.
Throughout the past years Fachtna Collins (vet) and Jennifer Carroll (vet assistant) have provided veterinary care to all our survivors. Fachtna tirelessly responds to calls at all hours of the night and often gives free and discounted veterinary advice and care. Jennifer goes above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Outside of her regular practice hours she works with me to keep the kittens and cats healthy and ready to be rehomed; she works on our West Cork trap, neuter, release programme at all hours of the day and night; she gives free advice to the public on neutering and animal care; she responds to reports of animal abuse; she advises me when animals need to visit Fachtna and when food, warmth and care are sufficient.
If anyone deserves Veterinary Pet Care Awards it is these two splendid people. They both go above and beyond the basic roles of vet and assistant to provide care for neglected animals who desperately need it. And Jennifer, in particular, goes on to provide better life circumstances and a better life for the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies of West Cork.

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Vet Info:
Practise/Surgery:Awbeg Veterinary Group
Team:              Awbeg Veterinary Surgery,
Vet:                  TJ Bluett
Address of Practise/Surgery:Awbeg Veterinary Group, New Line, Charleville, Co.Cork
Practise/Surgery Telephone:063 81542

Reason for Nomination:

The animals in my care all seem to meet with veterinary needs out of surgery hours! Firstly when taking my foster-son to his Sunday afternoon job, we find a tiny unconscious kitten, no bigger than the palm of my hand in the middle of the road. Straight round to TJ’s house we go and after careful examination, wound cleaning, warming and two small injections, the little kitten responds positively! We are dispatched homeward with cream and another injection to administer in 72 hours. Kitten makes fabulous recovery and now rules the roost at our home!
Again on a Sunday, this time 11am, a neighbour’s unruly and cowardly alsation savages the rear end of our Staffordshire bitch. The wounds are horrific with her muscle profusely protruding. No answer on TJ’s mobile, so a quick dash with Jess wrapped in a bathtowel to his house. Fortunately he’s outside gardening. He drops everything and directs us into Charleville to the surgery. He lovingly and gently examines Jess and then sedates her. We are sent home to await news. One and a half hours later we receive a phone call to say that Jess is ready for collection, not in Charleville, but at his own home. Jess is delighted to see us, but very happy in TJ’s care. He dispensed a course of antibiotic tablets for a week and pain-killers for 5 days. Jess made a superb recovery and 10 days later TJ arrived uncalled, to remove her many stitches.
Friday evening 8pm, our rescued ex-foxhound bitch appears outside the back door with her left eye hanging out of it’s socket. I immediately ring TJ. He’s actually out walking on the mountain with his children and their two rescued dogs. He says he’ll drop in on his way down home, about 15 mins.

 

One look at Lily-Sue’s eye and he bids me to the surgery and follows me in as soon as he’s dropped his children and dogs home. Lily-Sue required anaesthetic to enable TJ to place her eye-ball back in the socket. She also had to have the eye-lid stitched to stop the eye-ball popping back out whilst the area was so swollen. We came home with a dopey Lily-Sue, anti-inflamant tablets, pain-killers and eye-ointment for when the stitches came out after two weeks. The following day TJ drove up to see that her eye was ok and a week later called in again to monitor progress. Lily-Sue is terribly afraid of the male species, but has come to trust TJ and obviously knows that he is not going to harm her. Her eye stayed in place and I removed the two stitches and administered the eye-drops. She has lost some of the sight in the eye but can see a little thanks to the prompt actions of TJ.

 

The last two of these incidents occurred this year, Jess in March and Lily-Sue in July. We keep many animals, horses, dogs, cats, ducks and sheep. TJ is a superb vet who is always compassionate, caring and professional. He goes beyond the call of duty in his work and we are blessed to know him.

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Practise/Surgery:Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic
Vet:Liam O’Reilly
Address of Practise/Surgery:Knockgriffin Industrial Est, Cork Rd, Midleton, Co Cork
Practise/Surgery Telephone: 021-4613672 / 021-4631048
Practise/Surgery E-mail: heathfieldcottage@eircom.net
Reason for Nomination:

I would like to nominate the practice at Knockgriffin but most especially Vet Liam O’Reilly. My daughter Leah is on the Austic Spectrum  ie Aspergers.

 

I was advised by her Psychologist to get her a dog approx three years ago. Although we have had past experience with the excellent care and service from this practice over many years, Liam has provided the most holistic care one can provide for pet and owner. Her “baby” recently had puppies and Liam has been outstanding in his care of our brood and mindful of my daughter’s needs and feelings.

 

Thank you

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Practise/Surgery: Mackessy’s Veterinary
Vet:     Ita Walsh & Denis Mackessy
Address of Practise/Surgery:lower rd, newmarket,co.cork
Practise/Surgery Telephone: not provided
Reason for Nomination:

We have three dogs-Maizie,Cocoa and J.J. Maizie and Cocoa are springer spaniels who spend their days in doggy heaven-digging,hunting and finding the muckiest puddles to hang out in! J.J on the other hand is a little jack russel who prefers the finer things in life and tends to occupy himself with mastering the act of chilling…an activity for which he has certainly earned a degree!
All three have needed their fair share or veterinary services over the years,from the usual ailments to vaccinations to neuterings. The challenge of choosing the right vetenary service was on par with finding the best GP service for our kids. Ita and her husband Denis (both vets) came recomended and, five years on the reasons are obvious.

 

On paper I feel I could never do justice to the level of service we have recieved, both in the care they have given to our dogs,and in the courtesy they have extended to us as a family. They have consistently been professional and dedicated, and their commitment to animal care is transparent.They have always been wonderfully compassionate and sympathetic, and are incredibly generous with their advice and time-hence three healthy happy dogs and equally contented owners! For the above alone,I truly believe they deserve an award..however, there’s more….
On friday 12th as I was busying myself in the kitchen, I was vaguely aware of the dogs barking in the garden.When it became more insistent,I went to investigate and was horrified to find that Maizie had a hedgehog in her mouth.I managed to rescue the hedgehog but one side of its face was very badly mutilated.With the full understanding that I was only affording it a peaceful death,I put it in a box and went about my business. However, as the day dragged on it became apparent that this hedgehog had no intention of dying. I gave him water which he drank and, though most certainly in pain, appeared quite lively.Now I had a real dilemma…he wasnt going to die but with his injuries I knew he wouldnt survive if I returned him back to nature. I began to wonder if he could be saved, and if he could, who on earth would be willing????
I rang Hedgehog rescue in Galway but was unable to make contact. I rang the Irish Wildlife trust organisation but, being based in Dublin they could offer no immediate help. They suggested that I take the animal to a vet but advised me to ring first as not every vet would be willing to treat a wild animal.It was 6.30pm another after hours call! I picked up the phone and rang Ita without hesitation,and her response was predictable.

 

Within a few minutes she was examining the hedgehog and on initial assesment,and to my sheer delight she felt she could possibly save him…he would need to be stitched,given antibiotics and some t.l.c.before being released back into the wild. To confirm this plan of action however, she needed to put the hedgehog to sleep with gas to make a more accurate assesment of his injuries. This proved to be a difficult task as she was unable to get the mask over his face..He had it well tucked under his belly.Undeterred, Ita’s solution was to make a makeshift chamber through which she was able to administer the gas.
With the hedgehog finally asleep,Ita was able to examine him properly. Unfortunately, she determined that his injuries were numerous and severe…including a broken jaw and nose, and felt that the kindest option was to put him to sleep.
I was once again overwhelmed by a level of commitment that goes beyond duty…only this time it was no ones pet. This time it was a wild animal. And this time Ita would not accept payment.

Judges…if you are not convinced that Ita and her veterinary service are truly worthy of this award, then I have failed to adequately articulate their merits…

Many thanks,

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Practice:                                   Ark Veterinary Clinic

Address                                    O’Neill-Crowley Quay, Fermoy, Co Cork

Tel/E mail                                025-30999

Team nomination – contact

Vet nomination – contact                     Cathal O’Connor

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Evelyn Eustace

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

The kindness of Evelyn, when I called into the surgery about one cat. I work in St Francis’ home for the elderly in Fermoy.  Pussy arrived to us years ago !! and was adopted by the residents.

 

Pussy is very important in their lives – he became very ill a few weeks ago – would not eat or groom himself.

 

Evelyn asked me, bring him to the surgery.  Cathal examined him, poor Pussy had two rotton teeth and was generally run down.

 

Both Evelyn and Cathal were so kind to us and Pussy.  He was kept over night after his op – with wonderful care.   I collected him the following day – my goodness ! What a wonderful change! He has since been in wonderful form, chats to all the residents and speaks of his time at the vets !!!

 

Cathal and Evelyn were great and so kind.

 

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DONEGAL

 

Practice:                       Seaview Veterinary Clinic

Address                        Rathmore, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

Team nomination – contact                  All team

Vet nomination – contact                     Muir Tyler

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Majella Quigley

 

Reason for Nomination:

They are so friendly to me and my pets !  In the clinic, on the phone or out on call – always friendly, very helpful and caring staff.  Thank you Seaview vets !

 

To Muir Tyler for friendliness – always her professionalism in all her work all the time. Her enthusiasm in all work.  Plus her humour which gives you a delightful hope !! Thanks Muir.

 

To Majella Quigley who I vote Number 1 receptionist.  Always caring to me and my pes. Very professional in all pets and animals. Thanks Majella.

 

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DUBLIN

 

Vet Info:
Practise/Surgery:Anicare Veterinary Group
Team:  Team, Mr Michael Hatton
Other: Maria Ginty
Address of Practise/Surgery:183 Botanic Avenue , Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Practise/Surgery Telephone:01 8375543

Reason for Nomination:

We would like to nominate the entire practice team of the Anicare group. Having won the award last year – they are still excelling in their top class care of animals and indeed may I say their clients in all their clinics, as we have attended all.

Bearing this in mind, we would like to single out Maria Ginty – vertinary nurse/receptionist.  Maria to us is like the backbone of the Botanic Clinic.  She was one of the first people we met – when we started to attend with our first cat Beau.

We have dealt with her over the years and know she is always at the end of a phone – if we have any problems or  questions  and we know she is like this for everyone, as we have seen her in action – she has a very caring manner and has the gift of putting everyone at ease.

There have been times, when she has been her up to her eyes in the clinic and still taking phonecalls – and been able to make that person on the phone feel they have her full attention and indeed being able to assure them and advise them re their pet.

Marie is prehaps the reason the entire veterinary nursing staff and reception staff are so brilliant in the Anicare Group, Maria has taken them under her wing and she is a great role model to follow.  She is the wise owl !

Best of luck Maria

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Practise/Surgery:Anicare Veterinary Group
Vet:      Mary Geary
Other:  Maria
Address of Practise/Surgery:183 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Practise/Surgery Telephone:01 8375543
Practise/Surgery E-mail: info@anicare.ie
Reason for Nomination:

Even as a human I have not received the standard of care that my cats enjoy whenever they attend Anicare in Glasnevin. Granted, whenever I visit my GP he doesn’t attempt to shave me or put me in a cage, but were I ill, and a domestic cat or dog, I would put my faith in Anicare to get me well again!

Over the past 7 years my cats have (unfortunately) experienced almost every illness under the sun. From the aftermath of fights to urinary tract infections, skin complaints to gastric illnesses – and my first port of call has always been Anicare in Glasnevin.

Though my brood are humble tabby moggies (and not as exotic as some of the species of plant in the nearby Botanic Gardens) the vets and staff at Anicare have always treated each of them as 5 star guests. It never ceases to amaze me how Triangle (who is a shy, jumpy and retiring cat at home) comes out of her shell whenever she visits Anicare. She must feel safer there than she does at home….charming!!

Not only are the vets themselves so pleasant and obliging but I have received no end of useful advice over the phone from the nursing team who I must also commend. In particular Maria, who has always been a rock of support and understanding when I have rung up in a panic about a sick or injured cat.  She is a wonderful front-of-house representative for Anicare Glasnevin and always manages to keep a cool head no matter how busy the practice seems.

Over the years I have come to expect a certain standard of veterinary excellence from Anicare but in the past year I have found the standards to be surpassed by the addition of a new vet, Mary Geary. She is possibly the most thorough and patient practitioner I have ever encountered. Her holistic approach to animal health is refreshing.

One event stands out in my mind: It was an extremely busy weekend morning in Anicare Glasnevin and the waiting room was heaving with every conceivable shape and size of cat and dog. A man carried a wire haired terrier in the door in his arms. It was a dog he had rescued from the pound, only the day before but it had cut its paw pad quite badly en route to the vets for its initial check up. The dog was bleeding profusely all over the waiting room and seemed absolutely terrified and distrustful of humans. He cowered under a chair. He had obviously had a very tough beginning in life. The dog was taken into the surgery to be attended to by Mary and the entire waiting room listened to the dog growling and barking ferociously as he was stitched up. People began to wince at the apparent bad behaviour of this dog as he was really bringing the house down with noise. People were pitying Mary for having to deal with a dog so ‘vicious’

You could hear the dog’s new owner becoming more and more aggitated also but Mary Geary never raised her voice once. Eventually she calmed the dog down and it gaily exited the surgery, paw intact.

The general consensus in the waiting room was that the dog was vicious. However when someone passed a comment about this afterwards, Mary just shook her head and said ‘No he was just very very frightened. He didn’t have a good start so far in life, so it was no wonder he was scared and barking.’

It is patience, and a great empathy with animals that makes Mary stand head and shoulders over many other vets I have met. To sum up, every pet owner thinks their pet(s) are the most important pets in the whole world and Anicare never forget this when they are treating them.
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Practise/Surgery:Botanic Veterinary Clinic
Vet:      Mary Geary
Address of Practise/Surgery:183 Botanic Road Glasnevin Dublin 9
Practise/Surgery Telephone:8375543

Reason for Nomination:

 

In June 2008, I noticed a large lump on the leg of my dog Molly.  It was late on a Saturday of the June bank holiday weekend……….  When I called there was no issue with seeing Molly straight away even though she was not a previous patient.  I met Mary Geary on the first visit and she seemed so knowledgable and so considerate.
Within minutes the lump had been scanned and biopsed.   When the test results came back a few days later she called me at 10.30 at night because she knew how anxious I was. She did not just treat Molly but looked after my emotional well being as well.  Unfortunately it was bad news as the tumour was malignant.  She removed it the next day and Molly recovered well.  All was well for about six weeks(during which my other dog Ally needed her anal glands removed which Mary also did a fantastic job on).

Then Molly got very ill, thanks to Mary’s expertise and fast work she diagnosed immune mediated thrombocytopenia.
Emergency blood tests where rushed off to UCD to confirm the diagnosis.  Thank God Mary started the treatment straight away as Molly had a platelet count of .2 and would have died if she had not.  That weekend she was with Molly all the time, calling me at 8 in the morning and 10 at night with progress reports.

Molly has continued to improve though is not out of the woods yet.  Each week she has phone me at 9-10 pm with her blood test results taken that morning as she knows how anxious we are.

Mary does not just treat Molly’s physical problems, she knows that she is a beloved member of the family, who we could not bear to loose so soon.  She is always so considerate of our feelings and fears and makes us feel so reassured that Molly is getting the best chance she can. I would not trust Molly’s care to any one else.

Mary is the kindest and most hard working vet I have ever met and totally deserves this award.

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Practise/Surgery:Animal Welfare Vetinary Clinic
Team:  Team, John Hardy
Vet:      Michael Brady (& John Hardy – hard to seperate)
Address of Practise/Surgery:40 Charlemont Street,  Dublin 2
Practise/Surgery Telephone:016714303

Reason for Nomination:

 

Our family has been attending the animal Welfare Clinic for over 20 years, with all our cats and dogs.
The vets have all shown compassion, care and fun with all our animals, and complete understanding of us when our loved ones are in distress, and they take great care & diligence with each of them. They know our pets are members of our family, each lasting with us for at least 13years (Nermal is 17 late Aug!)  Going to them every year with our pets for check ups, they know each of them, and sooth our own worries or stress over the situation with the care they take.
But it has been John and Michael that have been there for us in the darkest times of having to let our pets go.

John Hardy was there in Dec 97 when we had to put our dog Buddy down, and Michael was there a year later in Dec 98 to put our cat Holly down. Loosing two long term pets in our family over the space of a year, was a huge blow to us, and when loosing Holly, my mother broke down in the vet clinic. Michael gave us space, and a room to wind down having been there as she passed. And a few days later Michael rang my mum to check up to see how she was doing. It was just a phone call, but it showed how much they genuinely care for each of their patients/clients and why we still return to them year after year with our new pets.
I can not speak highly enough of this practice, as their opening hours are perfect for every working person’s hours, the prices are excellent, as you can never put a price on the care that they have shown to us & our pets.
I know my family would love to find out that this practice or John or Michael have won the awards, as they might see the love and admiration in each of us as we leave relived with a better pet, but just to have them notified that they really have shown care beyond any ‘bed side’ requirement of any profession, it should be noted about these guys.
I really hope to see come September that I can go back into the clinic just to congratulate them all.

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Practice:                       Argyle & Bainbridge Vets (A & B Vets)

Address                        Overton, Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Tel/E mail                    01-2987510 or 2987111

Team nomination – contact                  All of team

Vet nomination – contact                     Malcolm Argyle

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Debbie Hussey

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Argyle and Bainbridge have been our vets since 1983 and during that time have given great care to our five cats (2 of whom have gone to cat heaven after a long and healthy life).

 

The 3 present encumbents would not hear of us changing to a vet nearer to home.  They say that they hate all vets on principle, but the ones in Dundrum are not so bad considering that they are vets !

 

Tom has just returned from a two-night stay – he had been feeling poorly and needed some tests. Happily his results were alright and with a couple of tooth extractions, he is home and happy again.  He says he was admitted right away, no waiting around on a trolley, had his tests and his dental work next morning, allowed to rest over night and then discharged.  And the nurses were lovely – a little deaf after two days of Tom howling, but they will recover, Tom says !.

 

Oscar is a one eyed rescue cat who started life minus one eye.  We took him to A & B Vets, expecting to hear that it would be kinder to put him to sleep, but Malcolm Argyle said apart form the missing eye, Oscar was clean and healthy and deserved a chance.  His other infected eye was treated, the bad eyelid stitched up and now, 12 years later, he is the one eyed ruler of this house.  Mind you he still hates vets !

 

Over the years A&B Vets have been very caring and always available in time of trouble and that includes phone calls at 1 o clock in the morning some years ago when there was a worrying situation with one of the cats.

 

We have been clients since 1983 and of course during that time two of our cats have passed on.  This is always upsetting but once again our treatment by all in the practice has been outstanding.  They have been caring and sympathetic and helped us at a difficult time.

 

On one occasion when the one-eyed Oscar was an in-patient we think he spread terror amongst the nurses, even Malcolm Argyle quailed at the thought of removing a catheter from Oscar without back up from the nurses ! You can collect him in the morning he said.  I wouldn’t work on him this evening without the nurses.

 

In the following morning we got  a phone call – clever little cat you have there – he removed the catheter himself last night !

 

Needless to remark, the whole practice was delighted to see Oscar leave later that day, although I think one young girl who was doing work experience to see if she would like veterinary science, subsequently took up accounting !

 

I took a vote today, and our three elderly crotchety ginger Tom, One eyed Oscar and a somewhat flighty young Lucy (who arrived unwanted with 3 kittens) all agree that although on principle, they hate the vets, still Argyle and Bainbridge deserve an award for being truly caring, professional and having both humour and compassion.

 

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Practise/Surgery:Blackrock Veterinary Clinic
Team:
Vet:      Eamonn Moore
Other:  MELANIE
Address of Practise/Surgery:Wilton Cottage, 25 Stillorgan Park, Blackrock, Co.Dublin
Practise/Surgery Telephone:2889641

Reason for Nomination:

It is well past the time when I should have nominated Melanie as Veterinary Nurse of the Year. Melanie has been Eamonn Moore’s right-hand-woman for many years now, so much so that they are almost like a double-act, with Melanie with her characteristic openness and clarity decerning what the problem is before rapidly passing the pet on to Eamonn’s wonderful care.

From the first time I met Melanie with my previous dog Kruger, she has always been kindness and attentiveness itself. Melanie has a wonderful warm heart and generous spirit, combined with knowledge and professionalism.

For many years I needed to bring my ultra-sensitive Golden Retreiver dog Kruger to Blackrock Vet Clinic as often as two or three times a month. On every occasion Melanie was so gentle and kind with him, reassuring him and treating him with the “kid gloves” he needed. He used to run up to her to be cuddled and reassured if he was unwell, and I always knew if I had to leave him that she would take particular care of him. He was never treated by Melanie as just another dog needing some proceedure, but as Kruger, the sensitive “Gentleman of the Practice” who needed extra-special allowance made for his gentle nature.
Over the years Melanie was first port-of-call in the practice, quickly finding out what was wrong and clarifying what to do.Her kind and reassuring voice gave immediate relief on the many occasions when he was ill.

 

She always managed to fit Kruger into Eamonn’s schedule at a moment’s notice, voicing genuine care and concern if he was unwell. It is very obvious that just as Eamonn immediately got to the heart of the problem, Melanie was there by his side ready and calmly efficent in assisting him. When Eamonn Moore and ourselves came to the conclusion over some weeks that he needed to be put to sleep, Melanie was the essence of quiet descretion and tact. She instinctivly was subdued and silent, allowing us to absorb the enormity of the step we were having to take.

When after some months after his demise we decided to consider getting a new pup/pups, Melanie was a great help above and beyond the call of duty. She took a personal interest in our needs, looked up good breeders and let me know where the dogshows were on so I could be sure that the dog “came from a good home”.

She wisely warned me that I would not be able to replace Kruger-he was a one-off, and I should not try to. She met me at dogshows and showed me the ropes, suggesting that perhaps I should consider changing breed if I kept looking for a replacement who could never measure up to Kruger.

On other occasions when Melanie was at dogshows with her own Staffordshire terriers, she made a point of meeting up with the owner of the sire whose pups we were thinking of getting. After we got our two new Goldens Melanie kept an eye on the competitions, letting me know how their father was getting on and introducing herself to the breeder, letting him know of their progress.

She takes a very personal interest in the progress of Josh and Homer, and encourages me to bring them to the Show Arena in Cloghran where I could learn to train them to show, assuring me it would be great fun. I do not know if I have time to follow this path, but I know Melanie would very generously give me all the advice and help I need and introduce me to one an all if I do. When waiting for a few minutes for Eamonn one day when they were only a few months old, she put my two chaps through their paces. It was facinating to see how assured she was in getting their attention and getting them to adopt the show stance!

Melanie is a super nurse, wise beyond her young years, fun, kind, professional and knowledgable. I should have nominated her many times before now. Her excellence was overshadowed by the brilliance of Eamonn-but in her own right she deserves every accolade for such consistently high standard in every way. She is a super nurse and I do hope will be Veterinary Nurse of the Year.

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Practise/Surgery:Cara Veterinary Hospital
Vet:      Sydney Nagle
Address of Practise/Surgery:Unit 233, Blanchardstown, Dn 15
Practise/Surgery Telephone:not provided

Reason for Nomination:

 

Three days after we moved to Co. Sligo, Sikulubani Shula, “Shula”, fell very ill. It was 3 days after her final inoculations and the local emergency vet diagnosed Parvovirus. We rushed her to Cara Veterinary, in Dublin and our trusted vets, Syd & Tracy, who confirmed the disease. Shula was placed into quarantine intensive care and saline fluids were administered. Sydney brought her home every night so he could ‘watch her’ thus displacing his own family pet.
She wasn’t making any real recovery progress and Syd warned us that things were very grave indeed. In short, following a course of the AIDS drug, interferon – and round the clock care, Shula started to respond and 14 days later, Syd allowed us to collect Shula, though she would need at least another 14days quarantine at home away from her puppy brother.

 

The care and attention Shula received was phenomenal and outstanding – and we thank Syd, Tracy and ‘the team’ – from the bottom of our hearts.

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Practice:                       Treanor & Glynn

Address                        Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Tel/E mail

Team nomination – contact                  All of team

Vet nomination – contact                     Kevin Glynn

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    All

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Great vets for 38 years.

 

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Practice:                       Treanor & Glynn – Arc Veterinary

Address                        Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Tel/E mail                    2802041

Team nomination – contact                  All of team – contact Paddy Treanor

Vet nomination – contact                     Paddy Treanor

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Ed newest, Brianna, Margaret (recept)

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

We have dealt with this practice for the last 30+ years and all our animals have been treated with superb care, love and attention.

 

They have always been so happy when on holidays in the cattery.

 

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Practise/Surgery:Treanor & Glynn
Vet:Paddy Treanor
Address of Practise/Surgery:Patrick Street Dun Laoire Co Dublin
Practise/Surgery Telephone:2802041

Reason for Nomination:

 

Paddy is a most humane person to deal with.  He is as kind to humans and he is to animals.  He always makes me feel at ease during visits and Bobbi adores him, he has a natural calmness about him which is a wonderful trait.  Paddy is one of the kindest people I have ever met and its been a pleasure dealing with him for so many years.

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Practise/Surgery:Ark Vetcare (Treanor)
Vet:                  Paddy Treanor
Address of Practise/Surgery:33, Patick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Practise/Surgery Telephone:280-2041

Reason for Nomination:

 

My family have lived in this area since 1969.
We have always had LOTS of animals.
Some of my earliest memories are of going to visit Paddy with my Dad and one another of our animals.
Paddy has given the kindest, excellent care to all our assorted dogs, cats, rabbits etc. for down through the years.
He now looks after my children’s pets!
Our area abounds with stories of Paddy’s kindness to sick & distressed animals, and also to their poor / eldery / very young owners.
I cannot speak highly enough of this good and gentle man and all the caring work he quietly undertakes on behalf of the animals and their owners in our neighbourhood.
I really hope you will appreciate his long, patient years of progressive service and award him your top prize!
I am happy to give further information if you wish to call.
Thank you.

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Practise/Surgery:Ark Vetcare
Vet:      Paddy Treanor
Address of Practise/Surgery:33, St.Patrick’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Practise/Surgery Telephone:280-2041

Reason for Nomination:

 

I am an elderly lady who relies dearly on my lovely dogs for company. The last three have all been Collie-Lab Xs. They have been called Towser #1, Towser #2 and Towser #3.
Paddy has always taken wonderful care of my dogs and before that, my children’s dogs and assorted pets. He is always very kind and takes time to explain whatever is the matter with my dogs (abcesses, tumours, etc.) and to treat the matter as best as possible.

 

We have been through several dogs together and I trust Paddy in all animal related matters. It is always a pleasure to visit him and my dogs never mind going – a good sign I think! I recommend Paddy for your top Award. Thank you.

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GALWAY

 

Practise/Surgery:Ark veterinary clinic, Galway
Team:  Aidan Miller
Address of Practise/Surgery:46 St Mary’s Road Galway Practise/Surgery Telephone:091 58 4185

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to say that I am nominating the practice for care over a long period of time – unfortunately Hebe lived for only one year. Despite this she greatly enriched my life and I am thankful for the exceptionally high level of care she (and I) received from all members of staff at the Ark veterinary clinic in Galway. The clinic understands that pets are important to the humans that they live with and do everything they can to help the humans care for and understand the illness of a sick pet. There are so many examples of the kindness, consideration and humanity with which Hebe was treated coupled with practical help and excellent diagnostic skills that I will outline only a few of many examples below.

As a consequence of being stray as a kitten, Hebe was terrified of most humans. When she had her first set of vaccinations she was visibly scared (her ears quivered). However, the vet (James) that administered the vaccinations cuddled her afterwards to help prevent her becoming scared of visiting the vets.

Nursing staff were helpful and advised on issues such as a cattery, over the Christmas period, and also helped arrange insurance cover. Áine, in particular, was extremely helpful when Hebe got ill and liaised with the insurance company about everything to do with the insurance policy so that I did not have to deal with it.

The main illness from which Hebe suffered was leukaemia which developed when she was about 10 months old. Initially, she developed an eye problem, entropion, in her left eye which was treated with surgery and eye drops. However, when the same problem developed in the other eye coupled with a nail bed infection one of the vets (Aidan) suggested that she should be tested for FIV and FLV at the same time as she had surgery on the eye. Unfortunately, she was FLV positive. The way in which I was told prepared me both for the likelihood that she was FLV positive and gave me a realistic long-term prognosis.

During the course of Hebe’s illness she needed a five-day-course of interferon. Unfortunately, my grandmother had a hip operation at the same time and I needed to leave Ireland to visit her. The veterinary practice cared for Hebe at the practice over that period administering her medication and phoning me on a daily basis to let me know how she was. Nursing staff were always helpful, cheerful and efficient. Often when we checked in they just recognised us and checked her in without having to queue. They also talked to her after a consultation and were genuinely interested in her welfare.

Loss of claws and a bladder infection required emergency trips to the vets and they were always calm, confident and caring. She was scheduled into what were extremely busy practice hours as well as after hours and I always felt that there was time that I could ask questions about her condition.

I am extremely grateful that the prognosis I was given was a realistic one as well as still instilling me with confidence that the practice were doing everything possible to save her life and if that was not possible then to make her more comfortable. She was treated with kindness and expertise and when she became too ill I was gently made to realise that it was time for her to be put to sleep.
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Practise/Surgery:T. Rennick’s
Vet:      Thomas Rennick
Other:  Carmel
Address of Practise/Surgery:Church View, Tuam, Co. Galway
Practise/Surgery Telephone:093 24546

Reason for Nomination:

I have had animal companions since early childhood, and I can honestly say that Tom Rennick is unquestionably the most wonderful, compassionate vet I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. My current animals suffer from a variety of incurable illnesses – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Epilepsy, Heart problems – but Tom has successfully cured any animal I have brought to him which can be cured.

This, of course, is to be expected of any Vet worth his salt. What makes Tom so special however, is his understanding of the animals needs, his compassion not only for them but for their distressed human when things go wrong, his willingness to advise and help me do the best I possibly can for each of the animals I have taken into my home and into my heart.

To highlight just one instance where Tom has been invaluable to me, I will tell the story of Mister Pussy, a long haired domestic cat who recently had Tom to help him leave this world in as peaceful and dignified a manner as possible.

I am 33 years old, Mr. Pussy was 28. He was originally my mother’s next door neighbour’s cat but decided of his own volition that life was better with us. When my mother passed away 4 and a half years ago, I took Mr. Pussy to live with me. He was already very old, but was healthy.

Unfortunately, as the years passed, Mr. Pussy developed chronic stomatitis in his gums. He also began to pass bloood in his urine intermittently, which thankfully caused him no pain. Tom suspected cancer but rightly felt that at Mr. Pussy’s advanced age, it would be far too stressful to pursue any aggressive treatment or tests. As for the stomatitis, it flared up from time to time causing him great pain and an inability to eat, but each time Tom managed to treat him successfully. He was (again rightly) reluctant to take the drastic measure of pulling all of Mr. Pussy’s teeth, as experience had shown him it did not always work.

Eventually age caught up with Mr. Pussy – he suffered multiple seizures towards the end, lost weight and his mouth became worse. Tom gave him one last dose of Thiamin and anti-biotics, to no avail. He developed an abcess despite all of this. At 28 years old, he could fight no longer, despite having the very best of care.

I rang Tom in distress, and he arranged for me to bring My friend of 28 years in just after all the other clients had left for the day. He examined Mr. Pussy one last time, and, knowing that I was ready to do whatever was best for the cat, he quickly gave him his final injection.

At the time, I didn’t see it coming – the actual injection happened so fast, and my cat’s body relaxed in my arms instantly. In hindsight, I realise that Tom, knowing how I feel about animals, particularly my intimate non-human friends, did the deed so quickly so that I would not become hysterical. Kindness to me? Perhaps, but more importantly, his swift action was a final act of kindness to Mr. Pussy, as had I had time to react, he would have become distressed.

 

As it was, he slipped as peacefully into the afterlife as possible given the circumstances. This to me is proof of what an amazing vet Tom is. He knows that animals know when the end is coming. And he knows that animals will become upset if their human does. He goes way beyond the call of duty to ensure that animals do not suffer unduly.

 

He is a “true” vet – and believe me I have come across many that think very little of the animals who rely on them for healthcare and compassion. I do not know if there is an oath that vet’s have to take before being allowed to practice, but there ought to be, and Tom Rennick should compose it!

I have also nominated Carmel, Tom’s receptionist for an award. She is always so friendly, so accommodating. The day Mr. Pussy passed away, I fainted briefly. Tom brought me to the empty waiting room and he placed Mr. Pussy back in his carrier in a sleeping position before he had to rush off to a call. Carmel stayed chatting with me for about 2 hours and her bright and bubbly personality was just what I needed.

 

I was still crying for Mr. Pussy, but she kept my mind occupied with chatter and laughter and stories about various animals that had come in, provided tissues, and was generally fantastic, all while she continued her work. Far from the snooty, stony-faced stereotypical image of a receptionist, Carmel is also one in a million. It is clear she loves animals, she always asks how my other animals are doing when I bring one in (as does Tom),and remembers me by name. No client could ask for a more welcoming, caring or sympathetic person when arriving at a veterinary clinic.

This anecdote is one of many I could tell to show my experiences with Tom and Carmel, but I am saving the rest for my novel! Suffice it to say that all my friends in Galway city and as far away as Dublin know what a great vet I have, and they are all jealous. I think that speaks for itself!

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KERRY

 

Practice:                       All Care Veterinary Centre

Address                        Park Road, Killarney, Co Kerry

Tel/E mail                    064-37333

Team nomination – contact                  All

Vet nomination – contact                     Danny, Gary

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Fenika, Theresa

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I have two Shiz Tzu both female.  The older dog, Sasha, has had a terrible year, with pancreas infections, eye operations and she is diabetic.

 

The help and support I received at All Care Veterinary Centre is unbelievable.  Both the vets Danny and Gary have gone above and beyond the call of duty for my dogs.

 

This year their manner was marvellous with the dogs and me as a frantic owner.

 

My Sasha is now stable diabetic.  She also has glaucoma but is as happy as a pup and full of energy now.

 

The whole veterinary team in All Care is exceptional, excellent, friendly, informative, caring and each and every one of them deserve an award for the work they do.

 

They are phenomenal people to have working in animal care and should be recognised for it.  Danny and Gary are vets always on call.  Fenika and Theresa, veterinary nurses, exceptional manners.

 

Without services like that provided by All Care Centre my house and indeed many others woudn’t function without my happy healthy Shiz Tzus.

 

Thanks you.

 

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KILDARE

 

Practice:                                   Animals First Veterinary Hospital

Address                                    Unit C, Link Business Park, Kilcullen, Co Kildare

Tel/E mail                                045-480478

Team nomination – contact                              Team, contact Rachael Gordon

Vet nomination – contact

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate the veterinary team of Animal’s First Veterinary Hospital, Kilcullen, Co Kildare for the Veterinary Pet Care Awards 2008/

 

It is to thank the vets Rachael Gordon and Conor McMahon and the nurses Shelley, Susan and Jane for the consistently high level of care, kindness and friendliness that they have shown to our dogs and to us over the past few years.

 

Animals First Veterinary Hospital was set up by Rachael and Conor, both brilliant vets, who are loved by our adopted greyhounds and deerhound and who also have excellent people skills as I am aware that a good percentage of our vets’ time, care and patience is spent on pet’s owners !.   Our greyhounds have been looked after by Rachael since we adopted them from the Dog Rescue Ireland six years ago.

 

Both Amber and Angel had serious intestinal problems and Rachael’s patience in dealing with two sick, previously ill treated, nervous dogs and their worried owners was incredible.  Both are still regularly monitored and are on a special diet. Angel also has cardiomyopathy and calcification of her vertebrae but is in great form thanks to her medication and regular check ups.

 

I am very impressed with the use of complementary therapies and mainsteam medicine in the practice.  Rachael has also made house visits out of hours to deal with worrying incidents concerning the dogs.  It is her patience, her giving of her time and her constant good humour that make her stand out.

 

We have had many a good laugh over the years about our four dogs, a good sign as most of the time, apart from meeting at various animal charity events, they only see the vet when they are ill although we do get frequent reminders in the post to visit for flea and worming treatments, dental check ups and vaccinations. Our dogs actually like going to the vet !

 

Conor, too, is extremely patient and takes time to explain any treatments in detail.  I know from my own experience that the practice helps with abandoned dogs and cats and takes care of, or forwards to the relevant agency, injured wildlife.  They also help local animal charities and do all of this without counting the cost of time or finance.  Also when both of our “boys”, Setanta (deerhound) and Finn (Greyhound) were adopted, Rachael gave them a grooming session as a present when they went for their first check up.

 

Recently we had a great sadness when Finn (10 year old greyhound) died of bone cancer but I cannot praise Rachael, Conor and the practice nurses enough for the care they gave him over the year and a half since which we had adopted him.  He had had a very hard life before he went to the animal sanctuary in Cork.  He had been neglected, had to have 24 teeth extracted on his arrival there and had very bad arthritis.  However with regular veterinary care he was in great form and like a “ten year old puppy” until the cancer struck.

 

Our gentle giant (he was an extremely large greyhound) had his own “private” corner of the surgery as he recovered from the operation to try to control the cancer.  For two weeks during, before and after surgery hours, they made me feel welcome.  I was with Finn in the surgery three times a day for over an hour at a time.

 

He was placed near their computer and work area so he had plenty of stimulation but also quiet times to sleep.  While he couldn’t be moved without being aided, his eyes followed them everywhere.  I never once felt in the way as they carried on their surgery around me.

 

They took almost as much care of me as they did of Finn !  They washed and tumble dried his “selection” of cushions and the soft toys on which he liked to rest his head.  They spent a lot of time with me and in their own time devising “menus” that would encourage him to eat.  He had his own supplies on part of a shelf in the fridge !

 

I can honestly say that it seemed as if they loved and cared for him as much as we did.

 

We were constantly told to ring anytime of the day or night, even during the night when Finn came home to spend what were to be his last three days with us.  Their sadness when he died appeared to match our own.

 

No matter how busy they are, Rachael and Conor patiently give their time either on the phone or in person, one never feels rushed by them.  They listen.  Our three dogs need ongoing treatment for life and Rachael and Conor keep us up to date on any new medication and treatments and if necessary will refer the dogs to a specialist or on the other hand will reduce medication at any signs of improvement.

 

Nothing appears to be too much trouble for them.  I often joke with them, that if I ever was unfortunate enough to have a serious medical condition, that I’d like to be able to be treated at the vets !

 

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Practise/Surgery:Animals First Veterinary Hospital
Team:              All
Address of Practise/Surgery:Link Business Park, Kilcullen, Co Kildare
Practise/Surgery Telephone:045-480478

Reason for Nomination:

The entire Veterinary team as they are the most professional and dedicated team that we have ever met. Our first encounter with the team was when we were on holidays, Bella suffered a very massive heart attack in the kennels on 22/04/2007. The kennels were unable to contact our Bella’s Vet and contacted their own Animal First. When the kennels when they contacted us told us that Bella was unlikely to survive, but she was in the hands of best vets possible (Rachael & Conor).

 

We immediately came back from holiday and contacted Animal First and they told us to drop down straightaway even though it was a Sunday morning. When we arrived we met Conor and at that stage he had already stabilised Bella even though she was critically ill. Conor spoke with us and outlined the position the with regards to Bella’s prognosis and he did this in such a human way that he help us both deal with the situation.

 

Over the next week Conor and Rachael did absolutely everything that could be done (Xrays, blood test, ECG and ultrasounds)and they nursed Bella back to health. It is now 16 months since this occurred and Bella has had numerous setbacks and these mostly occur late at night or over weekends. Every time this has ocurred we ring Animal First and they always answer immeditely and tell us to bring Bella straight down, even though we only live 10 mins from the practise either Rachael or Conor are always there waiting for us.

 

They do everthing to stabilise Bella and take her in and look after her. The experience we have had with Animal First with Bella has resulted in us moving Rusty from our previous Vets. They diagnosed Rusty on his first visit with a heart murmur and put him on treatments that has resulted in him being like a 10 year collie rather than a 17 year old dog. …..
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Practice:                                   Barrack Gate Veterinary Clinic

Address                                    Newbridge Road, Naas, Co Kildare

Tel/E mail                                045-876041

Team nomination – contact                  Team, Jim Burns MRCVS

Vet nomination – contact                     Jim Burns, MRCVS

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Margaret Burns, veterinary nurse

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

In a century where stories of animal cruelty have become all too familiar, the role of those who care about the health and welfare of animals has become more important than ever.  Only when you see this care in action do you feel as an animal lover, your faith restored knowing that there are still many people to whom the care of animals is of the utmost importance.

 

In the almost thirty years that my family’s pets have been in the care of Jim and his team we have always had the utmost admiration and respect for the caring attention they have shown to our pets (and us).

 

When you love your pets as much as my family does, nothing is more important than to find a vet who will show the sensitivity you feel your pets deserve and who realises what a responsibility it is to reward the utmost care and trust these helpless animals place in you.  Where Jim and his team are concerned we have never had any doubt that the care of our pets is as important to them as it is to us and that is more rewarding to us than words can say.

 

We know that if our dogs could talk they would say thank you better than we possibly could for the care and sensitivity they have been shown over the years and we knew they look forward to many more years of loving attention they have enjoyed.

 

For ourselves, the knowledge that our pets have the best possible care is worth more than words can say.

 

Thank you, Jim, most sincerely.

 

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Practise/Surgery:Barrack Gate Veterinary Clinic
Vet:      Jimmy Burns
Address of Practise/Surgery: Newbridge Rd, Naas, Co. Kildare
Practise/Surgery Telephone:045-876041

Reason for Nomination:

 

Jimmy’s kindness and sympathy went beyond the call of duty. My beloved Bunker whom I loved with all my heart and soul went into heart failure after a fight with another dog.Bunker was a jack russel with a big heart and a big personality, but she was always getting into trouble. Our vet jimmy knew Bunkers personality very well, she had to visit the surgery many times. She got run over by a tractor, got into a fight with a badger, got stuck down rabbit holes, just to mention a few accidents. Jimmy always fixed her, however April of this year she met her waterloo.
I came home from town and found her in a distressed state. We got her seen to immediatly by Eamonn Cahill a vet in the practice.He gave her some medication but she did not respond. A couple of days later I rang Jimmy and he called to see Bunker.

 

I was devestated I knew she was fading fast. She had a seisure and I knew she had to be humanely put to sleep. I put her on her favourite blanket and Jimmy explained to me what to expect. He injected her and she faded out of this world.as I write this letter I am in tears.Jimmy showed concern for my beloved Bunker and he also showed concern and empathy for me.

 

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Practise/Surgery:Moss Veterinary
Team:Julie or Edward
Address of Practise/Surgery:IDA Industrial Estate,
Monread Rd., Naas, Co. Kildare
Practise/Surgery Telephone:045 876187

Reason for Nomination:

 

If ever there was a practise in it for the animals and not the money then Moss is it!
Having dealt with many vets in my time I can say that the team at Moss are a joy to work with. I volunteer for a rescue group which take dogs from the pound, neuter/vaccinate/healthcheck them before securing rescue spaces/homes for them. Moss are the vets which help us to do this.
The Moss experience starts as soon as you walk through the door, there’s always a smile and a kind word for the dog I’ve brought from the receptionists. The vet nurses are in a league of their own.

 

I’ve brought in dogs who were so scared that they wouldn’t walk and had to be carried and after 2 days in Moss they’ve trotted back out happy and relaxed and I know it’s all down to the fantastic hands on care all the nurses at Moss provide. They are always very friendly, happy to help and go out of their way to accomodate our dogs. Then there’s the vets, all animal mad! Great for advice, they really look after both us the customer and the dogs fantastically well. They’re always quick to update us on a situation and we always feel like we know exactly what is happening with our dogs.
They have also held dogs there for us for a few hours to enable us to sort out transport and I’ve also called there after hours and found them just as willing and eager to help me. I wouldn’t have no hesitation in recommmending this practice to anyone, they are a dream.
You might have noticed from my address that I live about 45mins way from the surgery but I have found the Moss team to be so good that I now drive 30 extra miles so that my own 2 dogs can avail of their excellent care.

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KILKENNY

 

Vet Info:

Practice:                                   Abbeyside Veterinary

Address                                    Dublin Road, Kilkenny City

Tel/E mail                                056-7761721

Team nomination – contact                  Pat Carroll

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team for the care, professionalism and advice I have received from Abbeyside Veterinary practice over the past few years, which deserves recognition.

 

Our family had a jack Russell called Jenny as a family pet for over 15 years.  Poor Jenny had an unfortunate visit to Abbeyside in 2006.

 

Our other jealous family pet, german shepherd Meg, attacked Jenny when they brought over food.  Jenny was basically left with her head hanging off.

 

We phoned Abbeyside straight away and Pat Carroll met us out of hours at the surgery.  He saved her life.  All the hair around her neck had to be shaved off prior to surgery so she looked like Frenkenstein’s dog !!

 

The staff were so nice to her and us.  It is no surprise then, that when I moved to Cashel from Kilkenny and bought a jack Russell, Ruby, I still attend the Abbeyside Veterinary, because I find them excellent all round.  Therefore its worth clocking up over 160 km on a round trip from Cashel, Co Tipperary to Kilkenny !

 

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LIMERICK

 

Practise/Surgery:Crescent Veterinary Clinic
Team:  Hugh O’Callaghan
Vet:      Michael Canty
Address of Practise/Surgery:Dooradoyle Road, Limerick
Practise/Surgery Telephone:061 301841

Reason for Nomination:

Over many years, with several cats and now my (rescue) dog, I have experienced the great care, consideration and kindness from ALL the veterinary team at Crescent Veterinary Clinic, Dooradoyle, Limerick. But in particular I want to nominate Michael Canty.

 

He spent several hours last year operating on what is now my dog.  She was brought in by Limerick Animal Welfare team with a broken leg which had begun to set the wrong way. Now, with an inserted plate, she is a happy, healthy , vigorous dog.  But that is not the only reason for nominating him. Michael came to my home on two occasions, to euthanise my cats.

 

One, Clyde, was fifteen & a half so you can imagine how upset I was. Michael was so kind & sympathetic & unhurried. Afterwards he gave me a big hug & said, ‘I’m sorry for your trouble’ This touched me, comforted me & caused me to smile.  It showed how well he understood that my cats were ‘family members’ ,  Clyde’s sister (Bonnie of course) survived for another year .

 

Mike came to the house again & was just as sensitive as before.  I might add I’m old enough to be his mother, or maybe his gran!

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Practice:                                   Crescent Veterinary

Address                                    Dooradoyle, Limerick

Tel/E mail                                061-301841

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Anne Marie Cronin

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I think Anne Marie deserves the Pet Care Award as she is very helpful and very kind.  I have 2 dogs of my own but I am involved in the rescue and welfare of animals in Limerick. I promote neutering/spaying.

 

When I’m getting someone’s dog spayed/ neutered I never have to worry about the paperwork being done wrong on behalf of the person, Ann Marie ensures that all paperwork is done correctly.   I couldn’t continue without the help of Ann Marie as she will always fit in an emergency case for me for spaying/neutering.

 

She is always at the end of the phone to answer any questions I have; if she can’t answer, she’ll ask one of the nurses.  If I call her up with a cruelty case, she will do all in her power to ensure the dog is seen as soon as possible. Her help is invaluable.

 

Sometimes if a case is very bad and a dog has to be put to sleep, she is very understanding and consoles me in every way possible.  She accepts that it’s a hard decision to make but never judges or berates me for being upset.  She has become a friend over the years.

 

She often takes pups home to foster when there was no space available for them anywhere else.  She is a treasure.  When my own dog was sick with pancreatitis, Ann Marie was brilliant because she kept me up to date with what was going on and she was great because I had insurance and she helped me to fill in all the forms and made sure I got any money owed to me back.

 

Ann Marie makes what can be a very difficult job at times, a lot easier just by her nice attitude and her wonderful personality.

 

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LOUTH

 

Practice:                                   Allpets Veterinary Hospital

Address                                    Bloomsbury Centre, Donore Rd., Drogheda, Co Louth

Tel/E mail                                041-98100

Team nomination – contact                  Ann Marie Horgan

Vet nomination – contact                     Ann Marie Horgan and Vibeke Fosse

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Fantastic, caring, understanding, patient , these are all words that describe the team at All Pets, but words are not really enough in this case without telling you a bit more of our “Jessie’s story” over the last 10 months.

 

Jessie has always been a well dog only visiting the vets for her vaccinations and the odd bump and scrape.  This was all to change last November.

 

She collapsed on a Saturday morning.  We rang All Pets, bring her up straight away, by the time we got her there she was back to her normal bouncy self.  They gave her a full check up and suggested we get her spayed as we didn’t want puppies and we had noticed 2 or 3 small lumps so they said they would do needle aspirate biopsies at the same time.

 

The call came 10 days later, intermedia mast cell tumours, they would have to be removed immediately.  7 lumps, stitches all over and so the battle began.

 

We nursed her up and down to the vets. The stiches came out on Christmas Eve.  The lumps came back with avengence in different places, ears, legs, tummy, everywhere – back we went and 12 more were removed.  She went in on Valentine’s Day so many stitches, so many stitches, what had we done we managed to get her home and eventually into the house.  We took it in turns to sit with her feeding her by hand.

 

One of the wounds on her tummy wouldn’t heal.  They put in a drain, daily visits to the vets to check it and clean the wounds, the stitches came out and we crossed our fingers.  We had 2 good weeks and then she got sick again – vomiting and diarrhoea, it was a Monday night.  No problem, meet you in 20 minutes, pancreatitis !

 

One bout after another, the girls gave us their personal mobile numbers, call us anytime “day or night”. If she starts an attack Sundays and bank holidays were always the times but it was never a problem for them.  We tried every type of food to see if we could control them. They rang dieticians for advice.

 

Jessie was losing weight rapidly and we were struggling to cope with the emotional strain of watching our beautiful girl wasting away, in pain and constanly on drips and anti biotics.  She had a terrible attack, where to go from here, were we at the end of the road, was she suffering, were we being cruel ?

 

We didn’t know what to do, had the cancer spread ?  The girls re-assured us UCD had been in contact with them, they will see her straight away, they can do an ultra sound and more tests so we can find out what is going on and make a decision on what is best.

 

We drove to Dublin and left our “Jess” and waited.  Every night we got a call with an update, so many tests, all inconclusive, there was a mass, the biopsies showed nothing.

 

They would have to do an exploratory operation to get proper samples, it was dangerous but the only way forward.  She spent a week in UCD and they let us bring her home.

 

45 staples down her tummy, the girls checked her every few days.  I cooked chicken breast and rice everyday, she was able to feed small amounts every few hours and we then tried RD dry food, it seemed to work.

 

No treats, nothing but her own food, pills, so many for her to take, we waited for the biopsy results.  “It’s not cancer”, they couldn’t believe it, we would do another ultrasound in 4 weeks.  The mass was still there, no bigger, no smaller, we pushed the antibiotics.  Two days later another attack, I can tell now before they happen.  A Saturday, Ann Marie was meant to be going to a wedding, no problem to bring her up, all afternoon in the vets on a drip, your wedding is fine I’ll go to the afters if Jessie is OK of course.

 

Jessie rallied.  She went a week without being sick and then another.  We were quietly optimistic.   She had another fit, only small, back we went and yes, it was a Saturday night !  It was the May Bank Holiday.  The vets had told us who was on call over the weekend in advance.  Jessie was pottering in the garden, she had a huge seizure, it was the most frightening thing I had ever seen. We rang, be there in 20 minutes.  Jessie was fine by the time we got to the vets.  Another afternoon, blood tests and talking aobut what to do next.  MRI Scan ?

 

UCD were consulted.  Try her on phobarbitine  (spelling..?) for a few weeks.  It might start the pancreatitis up again but let’s try.  Jessie has been taking it now for 3 months, no major seizures.  The pancreatitis only one bout 3 weeks ago in the middle of the night, but the girls were there in 20 minutes as always.  More lumps have appeared but the biopsies so far have come back negative.

 

Jessie goes for a check up now every 4 weeks, for safety’s sake and they like to see her.  I think they miss her to be honest.  Not once in this long haul have they given up on her or us.

 

Our pet insurance ran out in February, our savings have dwindled, our bills mounted up.  We worried and fretted “pay what you can when you can”.  It’s not about the money, it’s about getting Jessie well.

 

And Jessie what about her, she has scars everywhere but still bounds into All Pets everytime, no matter whether she is sick or well, is back to enjoying her walks and looks like nothing has ever been wrong with her, although she is not too keen on her food but eats it anyway.

 

We cannot thank All Pets enough for everything they have done when we were ready to give up.  They encouraged us to keep going, smiles and hugs as well as tears and despair, but through the good and the bad times always available 24/7.  Nobody gives more than these fantastic team of vets and vet nurses, so many friends have said she is only a dog.  Not to us, a best friend, companion, never complains and always a wag of a tail for everyone.  One in a million, just like our vets.

 

We want them to be honoured and thanked in a special way as the thank you cards and chocolates just do not seem to be enough to acknowledge such wonderful dedication, affection and understanding.  If the world had more people like these in it what a wonderful place it would be !

 

I apologise for the longness of this, but I had to give you the full story. I did think I could say it all in one word, but just could not find one that was right even after looking through a dictionary for a few hours.

 

I think the Awards are a great idea and it is fantastic that these wonderful people do get the recognition that they so deserve.   — End of Entry —

 

MAYO

 

Vet Info:

Practice:                                   Lodge Veterinary Hospital

Address                                    Lodge Road, Westport, Co Mayo

Tel/E mail                                098-26006  lodgevethospital@yahoo.co.uk

Team nomination – contact                  team, contact John Corrigan

Vet nomination – contact                     John P. Corrigan MVB

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Fiona and Stephanie

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team because of the excellent care for my animals which I get from the Lodge Vet Hospital.

 

I rescue abandoned and unwanted animals, mainly dogs and goats, some of them sick or injured.   John Corrigan’s treatment for these animals is excellent and his care and patience with them outstanding.

 

Many of them, especially the dogs, have been abused, so are terrified at being handled by humans.  But John gains their trust in a very short time, by being gentle and talking quietly to them.  He has a good “bedside manner” both with the animals and their owners.  John is good at diagnosis and knowledgeable on the treatment they require.

 

His two veterinary nurses, Fiona and Stephanie, make up the rest of the practice team, both very friendly and efficient and have the same attitude towards the animals as John.

 

All my animals enjoy going to the vets now and seeing their vet friends !  I can thoroughly recommend Lodge Vet. Hospital for one of your Awards.

 

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MONAGHAN

 

Practise/Surgery:McKenna, McDonald & Finlay
Vet:Kate McDonald
Address of Practise/Surgery:Veterinary Surgeons Tullyherim Monaghan Co. Monaghan
Practise/Surgery Telephone:047-81134

Reason for Nomination:

 

I work at the Monaghan SPCA and use this veterinary practice for a good number of our rescue dogs that require special veterinary treatment and diagnosis. I am extremely impressed with Kate McDonald for so many reasons.

 

Not only is she extremely caring and gentle with the many dogs we bring to her for a vast array of vet care and assessment, she keeps up to date with the latest veterinary treatments. In Kate’s free time, she has come to our dog shelter to provide additional veterinary assistance and advice. Her commitment to provide the best care has been witnessed on many occasions.

 

Her bedside manner with the dogs is just wonderful. When Kate has had to provide her opinion and sage advice, when the MSPCA has presented her with a dog/pup that has serious health issues, it has always been delivered with the kindest and upmost understanding manner.

 

Even with a filled waiting room of clients, she will take a great deal of time and attention on any dog I bring  in, as if I was the only one there needing assistance. Her compassion for the the many, many dogs we bring to her for various treatment is outstanding. I have used many qualified vets in our area, but Kate is not only extremely competent, she has that special connection with the welfare of the dogs and has the special qualities that warrant her being recognized by this award.

 

Watching her examine and treat the animals with such compassion, as well explaining in complicated medical terms at times, made me want to spend this time to recognize her very special attributes. In the past, if a vet gave me their diagnosis and I was unsure, I would get a second opinion.

 

With Kate, I trust her judgement so completely, I feel a second opinion is not needed. When having to PTS a dog or pup, she provided that special consolation and even a hug!! I am from Washington, DC and that kind hug meant alot to me as I know she also felt my pain and sadness — even though we both knew it was the right thing to do for the dog!

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Practice:                                   McKenna, McDonald & Finlay

Address                                    Tullherim, Monaghan

Tel/E mail                                047-81134

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact                Imelda Mone

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Imedla’s courtesy and friendliness to all her customers is exceptional.  She has a spontaeous love of animals great and small and her attention to all of them is dictated by this love rather than the expectation of any material gain.

 

Her behaviour is over and above the call of duty.  She has a particular love of horses and on one occasion where our young yearling Tilly was seriously ill, she voluntarily got her boyfriend with a horsebox to take it to Troytown Veterinary Hospital and she accompanied it herself on the 3 hour anxious journey – having already made the preliminary booking for its acceptance at the hospital.

 

We were quite overwhelmed by this exceptional service.

 

By the way, Imelda is not any relative of ours.  Our judgement is based on our experience of her with our animals and of course those of lots of our friends and neighbours.

 

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Practice:                                   McKenna, McManus & Finlay

Address                                    Tullyherim, Monaghan

Tel/E mail                                047-81134

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact                Imelda Mone

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Because of the high standard of veterinary care provided over the years to our household animals.

 

I would particularly like to nominate veterinary nurse Imelda Moen for her care and sensitivity in dealing with the public and especially the animals.  She really has so much compassion for them and has the interests of the animals at heart.

 

Two years ago next January, we lost our dog Bouncer after having him for 12 years after he came to us as a stray.  The care and effort the veterinary team put into trying to save his life was so appreciated.

 

A photo of Bouncer is still on the notice board in the practice as he was a bit of a character.

 

I always know my pets are well cared for if I have occcasion to leave them in overnight.

 

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SLIGO

 

Practice:                                   Inishfree Veterinary Hospital

Address                                    Pearse Road, Sligo

Tel/E mail                                071-9143817

Vet nomination – contact                                 Darren Carr, MVB

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to suggest Darren Carr for the pet care awards because of the compassion he showed when my two bitches Cora and Aika had to be put to sleep.

 

1) Cora’s story:

 

One morning my 14 ½ year old newfoundland x red setter cross, Cora, collapsed completely due to heart failure.  She had suffered already for a few weeks from general weakness and had developed a mammary gland tumour on top, so I could see the day coming when I had to part with her.  After my phone call, Darren came as quickly as he could, and gave Cora very gently the relaxing last injection.  She died peacefully in my arms.

 

Since I was on my own, with no help at hand and handicapped due to a fractured shoulder, Darren lifted heavy Cora – approx 56 kg – on to a wheelbarrow and carted her the steep hill for me to her last resting place

 

2) Aika’s story:

 

The year after Cora’s death, my nearly ten year old Newfoundland bitch Aika, started suddenly being very lame on one front leg.  Eventually she was x rayed at the surgery and it turned out, that the cause was bone cancer in her humerous, which had already spread into surrounding areas.    This came as a complete shock for me, since Aika still looked gorgeous and was in spite of her age, still in great condition before her sudden lameness started. There was no other choice than putting her to sleep.

 

Since I was not prepared for anything like this, Darren carried Aika to a separate room and allowed me to stay with her and say goodbye to her as long as I wanted, and to call him, when I was ready, for giving Aika the last injection.

 

Eventually I called him and he came, together with his colleague and Aika was put to sleep being held by me.

 

It was so very compassionate and considerate of Darren to give me this quiet time with gentle Aika, who also had the most lovely temperament, until I was prepared to part with her.

 

I could not suggest Darren earlier for the Award, because it upset me too much to write about my dead dogs.  Even now, over a year after Aika died, and three year’s after Cora’s death, I still get very emotional.

 

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TIPPERARY

 

Practise/Surgery:Brittas Veterinary Practice
Team:John Fitzgerald
Address of Practise/Surgery:Brittas Vetrinary Practice
Thurles-Templemore Road, Thurles, County Tipperary
Practise/Surgery Telephone:0504 24401

Reason for Nomination:….Brittas Veterinary Clinic has given the dogs I bring to them the very best of care I could hope for. I own and run a small greyhound sanctuary, and I use Brittas exclusively for all neutering and spaying of the dogs I take in. From the most difficult, semi-feral lurcher to frightened young greyhound left in the pounds to be put to sleep to an over-confident 90-pound hooligan, I know, I always know, that all will be well: the semi-feral lurcher came out a little bit less wild (the staff thought she was “sweet”); the frightened dog a little less shy, and the hooligan being a bit more careful about his shenanigans.

Every single dog I have brought to them has been handled with skill by the staff prior to surgery, and I know this because I watch how they handle each dog as it is taken from me. Sometimes a very frightened dog is picked up by one of the vets; the shy ones are always coaxed; and the over-friendly ones are not allowed to pull the staff around. The staff is always friendly, informative, cooperative, and the vets are always willing to give me some minutes to ask questions and voice some concerns. They have on more than one occasion initiated contact with specialists in Dublin to try to save a greyhound.

When I return at the end of the day to pick up the dog or dogs who’ve had surgery, they are happy, clean, awake and alert, and any abnormalities which the vet has encountered during surgery are explained to me.

Most important of all for me is that the surgical skill all the Brittas vets have demonstrated is well above average: not once have I had post-surgical complications or even minor problems. This is so much the case that I have not had any need to use those plastic collars (lampshades), and the dogs don’t even seem to realise anything was done to them. I have a very hard time keeping them quiet for the next few days, even as soon as the following morning in most cases. I can only assume they make an effort to be as non-invasive as possible, and use just the right combination of medications.

Oh, wait! I DID have a complaint just two weeks ago: two males were neutered, and I had arranged a nice quiet sleeping area for them, well aware they would be unable to keep food down, and would likely not be hungry anyway.

This was wrong. They left Brittas like two dogs who’d had a nice long nap and were anxious to use up a little energy now! Once home, they were RAVENOUS and I watched in amazement as they ate readily and even kept it down.

I don’t know EXACTLY what Brittas is doing to have such results, but whatever it is, I hope they don’t stop!

 

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Practise/Surgery:Jim Fuller
Vet:Jim Fuller Veterinary Practice
Address of Practise/Surgery:Limerick Street Roscrea, County Tipperary
Practise/Surgery Telephone:0505 22576

Reason for Nomination:

……Jim Fuller has been a reliable, cheerful vet for my own dogs as well as all the greyhounds at my sanctuary for several years now, but he recently went so far above and beyond the call of duty, it brings tears to my eyes just to think about it.

……………..Jim treats both large and small animals. He is a very busy person, but is always positive in outlook and quick to reply to my messages, no matter how often I contact him. He must think I am a terrible pest, but if he does, he hides it well. Jim often has calls to do in my immediate area, so he often treats my adoption greyhounds here at home in terms of injections, stitching, and more. He’s the sort of vet the dogs flock to the gate to greet, and he seems to love them as much as they love him.

Recently one of my own personal dogs, a white greyhound named Maeve, suddenly went downhill in the course of a day. She was a model greyhound, and I took her everywhere with me to promote greyhounds as pets. Everyone was struck by her beauty, her intelligence, her gentle manner, and some people even said she was “almost human”. Indeed she was.

…..The result from the ultrasound was very clear: there was a large tumour on her adrenal gland, pressing on several organs, but especially on her aorta, which was probably about to burst. It was clear the tumour was not treatable, and Maeve would need to be put to sleep right away. She was given some strong painkiller, and I brought her home to have her put to sleep and buried here on my property. Jim, without a doubt, would have to be the one to put this gentle lady to sleep. That night, a farmer neighbour dug a grave for her at the back of the property.

When Jim arrived the next day, difficult as it was for her, Maeve made sure she got up and greeted him at the gate, her tail wagging, despite her pain. She cuddled with him when he came inside and we sat down to talk about it all, and he told me then he had in fact phoned two other vets that morning to see if there were any possible ways to extend her life a bit. But there was not. I in fact had phoned two other vets myself.

We decided to put her to sleep outside, near the grave. I brought a duvet cover from my bed, and myself, Jim and Maeve began to walk in that direction. Maeve, however, was anxious to come with us but was clearly struggling with even walking now. Jim turned and scooped her up in his arms, carried her the rest of the way, and gently set her down on the duvet cover I had spread out. She quickly laid down on it, and we both stroked her as she was relieved of her suffering and quietly drifted off to her forever sleep.

I wrapped the cover around her, silently crying, and Jim lifted her up and carried her into the grave, and gently set her down. I placed some flowers on top of her, and Jim took a spade and covered her over. I was very touched by his actions.

I don’t know what made me cry more – my constant companion finally having to leave me, her great effort to get up and greet Jim when he arrived, or the sight of Jim being so tender and caring, and a little choked up himself, during his visit.

The fact is that there are at least a dozen other stories I could tell you about Jim and my own dogs, or Jim and my adoption dogs, but his compassion and efforts in this particular instance were, to me, so moving, that I had to find a way to at least try to have him acknowledged as the sort of outstanding and compassionate vet he truly is.

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WATERFORD

 

Practice:                                   Deise Veterinary Group

Address                                    Killossera, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Tel/E mail                                058-42096

Team nomination – contact                  Team, contact Dr Johanna Tambute Power

Vet nomination – contact                     Vet, Dr Johanna Tambute Power

 

Reason for Nomination:

My vet and veterinary team are excellent.  24 hour service.   Someone always available for telephone advice.

 

Johanna Tambute Power has treated very many of our dogs with good results. She is very thorough and good at diagnosis of conditions and is kind and caring with the dogs.  Also the sense of humour – much needed with our lot !

 

I witnessed her kindness when I saw her with a couple with a young child.  It appeared that their dog had a badly injured paw.  She had photographed, with her mobile phone, what had happened and how she had fixed it and was re-assured the child that her pet would not be in pain while it recovered.

 

The practice has good facilities so diagnosis is swift.   We are very pleased with the service we receive from Dr Tambute Power and from the Deise Veterinary Group overall.

 

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Practice:                       Deise Veterinary Group

Address                        Killossera, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Tel/E mail                    058-42096

Team nomination – contact                  Charles Chavasse, Jim Byrne

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

The entire practice is professional, caring and will do their very best to solve the problem.  Whenever I have had to call out of hours the vet on duty (whatever the hour) is always pleasant, asks questions, gives an informative response and have always said if I have any more questions not to hesitate to call back.  They would also be willing to meet me at the clinic if I thought it necessary.

 

I recently had a traumatic (for me) visit when I found out my dog had a large growth on his spleen.  Because he has a heart condition, I was extremely worried about an operation and was considering not going through with it.

 

The vet (Charles Chavasse) explained and pros and cons and after having an ultra scan and an ECG and another consultation with the vet, I decided  to put my trust in him and go through with it.  I did remain in the car park during the surgery and knowing how worried I was as soon as it was over, the nurse (Sonia) came out and told me all went well and that Charles would be out to see me as soon as he finished the stitching, which he did and it really put my mind at ease.

 

After surgery at home I became a bit concerned and called the vet on duty that evening.  It was Johanna Tambute and she was familiar with the case and she said she would come out to my home (a distance of 15 miles) and check him out.

 

She gave him an injection and told me to call again if I was concerned.  Thank God there wasn’t any further problem and she is well again.

 

Any time I have had to visit the clinci, whether I see Charles, Johanna, or Jim Byrne, I have always received excellent treatment.  There is no rush and all questions are answered.  Other clients I have spoken to have all said the same thing.

 

The receptionist (Ann) and the other office staff are always pleasant and willing to help in any way.  This team deserve to win the Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Award.

 

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Practice:                                   Deise Vet Group

Address                                    Killossera, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Tel/E mail                                058-42096

Vet nomination – contact                     Dr Johanna Tambute-Power

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I am registered with the Deise Veterinary Group in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, who provide an excellent and invaluable 24 hour care service for animals in this area.  Whilst all the vets in this practice are very competent, I feel I have most confidence in Johanna Tambute-Power, so consequently I have all my animals under her care.  I have had four dogs until recently and five cats, all of varying age and with different health problems from time to time.

 

I find myself continually in awe and admiration of her many skills as a vet.  I have been attending her practice since she came to Waterford some 6 or 7 years ago and I have many stories  that would illustrate her competence and compassion in dealing with animals.  I am very pleased and reassured by her standard of care with animals.   Whenever I go in for a consultation she is always pleasant with a charming smile of encouragement.  My animals also have similar confidence and trust in her handling of them.

 

To illustrate my point, one of my older dogs, Honey, who was 17 years old, had to be put to sleep after she went into heart failure.  I can’t emphasise enough how gentle and caring she dealt with the dog and ourselves.  Obviously we were loath to part with our little dog, but she gently and firmly lead us to consider only the dog and make the right decision in the animals’ best interest.

 

A few weeks later my next door neighbour’s German Shepherd dog who had been ill also needed her assistance to be put to sleep.  The owner is a very elderly man who is quite ill himself, I was present with him when she came and quietly confidently and with great understanding for this ill man, did what was necessary and lifted the dog out, placing it in her jeep to go for cremation.  She made everything so dignified and with great consideration for the feelings of this man.  It seems to me she has the ability to administer to both animals and humans and yet it is clear that all that’s done is directed towards the welfare of the animals under her care.

 

Judy, my 14 year old timid cat, has been attending Johnna with an inoperative face tumour still in its early stages.  Judy is normally very much afraid of strange people and places and tends to bolt into the blue at the sight of both.  To my astonishment she sat in front of Johnna, gazing up into her eyes while Johanna patted her.  I was gob smacked to see how quickly she had gained the cat’s confidence literally in a matter of a few minutes and appeared to have a mutual relationship with the cat on a par with my own.

 

I could go on and on about various incidents where both my animals and I have been happier after a consultation with her.  With all my animals she has exhibited concern for good health care for them all, trying out the latest and best of medication to enable them to lead a healthier happier life.

 

I therefore most enthusiastically nominate Johanna Tambute Power for this award as I believe it would be difficult to surpass her dedication, professionalism, compassion, and pleasant manner in dealing with her patients.  I am convinced as I sing her praises that she would be a most worthy recipient and a fine example of veterinary practice who deserves recognition and reward for her many veterinary skills.

 

I have no hesitation therefore in recommending Johanna Tambute Power for this award, she is an entirely dedicated veterinary practitioner and a credit to her profession.  And I really hope she qualifies for this award – she truly deserves it !

 

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Practice:                                   Riverside Veterinary Hospital

Address                                    Riverside Park, Kilrush or Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Tel/E mail                                058-44476

Team nomination – contact

Vet nomination – contact

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact    Helen

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate Helen the receptionist who is always very helpful and friendly and with a kindness to animals.

I would like to nominate Trish, again, for her friendliness and affection of the animals and her mannerly ways.

I would like to nominate Donal the vet for his efficiency and politeness and respect for the animals and dedication.

I would like to nominate Helen the veterinary nurse for her helpfulness and dedication to the animals. For her concern and follow up.

I would like to nominate Pat Morrissey the vet, for his utmost dedication and hospitality to the animals.  He is an excellent vet.  He is compassionate and thorough, workmanship and politeness and affection is top class.

 

Pat Morrissey has been called out by us on numerous occasions not only for our own animals, but for injured animals we have found on the roads etc.  He has been called many times in the early hours of the morning, and has treated everything, from injured dogs and cats, owls and other birds, rabbits and various other animals.  These are wild animals and no matter what hour has treated them with the utmost love respect care and compassion.

 

He has nursed some of the animals back to health, operated on them and given them all accommodation from hours to weeks at little expense to ourselves or often no expense.

 

These wild animals cannot thank him or his staff in person – I do – and I believe that you will too.  From ourselves I hope that I have made this nomination to Pat Morrissey and his staff as deservedly as I can.

 

 

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Practise/Surgery:Riverside Veterinary Clinic
Team:Patrick Morrissey
Vet:Donal O’Mahony
Other:Helen Gould (nurse)
Address of Practise/Surgery:Davitt’s Quay Dungarvan Co Waterford
Practise/Surgery Telephone:058 44476

Reason for Nomination:

 

At present I am hand rearing a litter of abandonded newborn kittens. A dificult and exhausting task made possible with the incredible support and dedication of the entire Riverside Clinic team.

In particular, I must highlight the tremendous care given by Donal and Helen who have been exemplary in their ceaseless efforts and desire to assist in any way possible. They have given freely of their time, offered medical assistance, advice and much sorely needed encouragement, every step of the way, indeed all the staff have demonstrated a great willingness to help that goes above and beyond a mere care of duty.

When one of the kittens sadly took ill and needed to be put to sleep, Donal displayed great sensitivity and tenderness and brought dignity to a situation that others might regard as trivial.

From the time I acquired my own cats over 3 years ago, Pat and his team have always displayed a kindness of spirit, professionalism and obvious dedication to the welfare of their charges.

Riverside Clinic is the embodiment of veterinary care, where animal welfare and not mere profit is of paramount importance. They are the equivalent of a Michelin star restaurant.
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WEXFORD

 

Practice:                                   Gubbins & O’Shea – The Veterinary Centre

Address                                    Distillery Road, Wexford

Tel/E mail                                053-9145755

Team nomination – contact                  All

Vet nomination – contact                     Richard Bramley & Brian O’Shea

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Following are my reasons.  Not sure if I have the names of the medicines right, but you will know:-

 

Cheeky my tortoiseshell cat walked into my house and into my life 5 years ago.  She stayed and made herself at home.  I found that she belonged to a nearby farmer and kept returning her to them, she had other ideas and kept returning to the comfort of my home.  In the end the farmer told me to keep her as she obviously was happy with me, he thought she must be 10 years or older as she had belonged to an Aunt who had gone off to Dublin, she had been spayed.

 

Cheeky was a very affectionate cat, loved to rub noses and was happiest when curled upon my knee or around my neck, with a very loud purr.  A great ratter and the pygmy shrews had a hard time.  She also brough home young rabbits and a dead stoat.  She would bring live mice into the house and walk off, leaving me to rescue them.  The rats were another matter.  One summer on four consecutive days she came down the drive with a squeeling large rat in her mouth and dropped it for me to inspect while she tormented it.  The squeels brought Maggie my yorkshire terrier running who suddenly discovered her vocation, grabbed the rat and with three shakes finished it off.  When I went out Cheeky was always waiting for my return on the doorstep, if not there I would call her and her answering miaow could be heard across the fields as she rushed back.

 

When I went away, she had access to a flat with her bedding and my friend fed her daily with a bit of loving, so it meant she stayed on her own turf.  She would also visit the farm as they always knew when I was away.  Latterly due to my friend now working away from Wexford, Cheeky was put into a rather salubrious cattery specially build for the purpose.  She did not approve and I was shown this disapproval in her purring, first day home, no purring then a very quiet purr gradually ascending to her loud purr.

 

Every year both Cheeky and Maggie are taken for their yearly check up and vaccinations (neither until last year had been sick) they are regularly given flea and worming treatment.

 

Last Christmas I went to South Africa for a month to visit my family.  So Cheeky went to her hotel and Maggie to my friend who had given her to me.  I was informed after the New Year that Cheeky had developed flu like symptoms and been taken to see the vet and had gone back to the cattery, but the next day she was no better and the vet Richard Bramley had admitted her to the clinic.

 

I kept in contact by phone and spoke to both Richard and Brian regularly. I asked if they thought I should return home immediately, but was informed there was nothing that I could do that was not already being done.  She had developed ulcers all in her mouth and down her throat and Cheeky who always had a great appetite could not eat so was being tube fed, also tempted down with Salmon and other delicacies.

 

Cheeky was tested for Feline Aids and the results showed a partial positive, another was taken and sent to Glasgow and returned as negative.  Richard asked me on the phone would I consider letting him give Cheeky the drug interferon as non of the antibiotics were working.  He explained that it was expensive but it might work, I agreed.

 

I returned home and went in to see Cheeky on 18th January at 3pm.  Richard went to get Cheeky for me. She seemed pleased to see me, but looked so changed, with runny nose and misty eyes.  Cheeky was a big cat and now I could feel all her bones.  She had pneumonia as well as everything else.

 

I stayed there for one and a half hours with Cheeky on my knee.  Then home and to come back the next day.  The next day Richard suggested I take her home, they had removed her feeding tube as it was irritating her, so I was given tins of special food and a syringe to feed her with every three hours.

 

It was difficult.  I had to wrap her up in a towel, otherwise she would claw me, but we managed and I hoped she was getting enough food to sustain her.  Drinking was another thing, she couldn’t drink milk and water was also difficult.  I was always so delighted when she drank water but when she didn’t I gave her that by syringe as well.

 

Cheeky had never had a litter tray, always letting me know when she wanted to go out, so was not in the last bit amused when I produced one, she kept hoping I would let her out.  At first she had twice weekly injections.  On 24th January Richard asked if Cheeky was eating yet and as she was not he decided to give her a shot of diazapan.

 

I was to rush home and feed her, which I did, I have her a favourite of hers steak mince, she rushed at it then backed off, she did however drink 2 large saucers of milk , nothing more.  One 25th January I was back to see Richard at 8.30am, we had discussed treatment for her ulcers and as I have the odd mouth ulcer (a family trait) the doctor gives me Orabase which Richard found was a steroid, so he gave her an injection, also one and a half ccs of medicine I had to give her 3 times a day, plus eye drops.  She was then to have her second lot of interferon 5 times the following week, so I was to go in daily.

 

He offered to have her in for those days but I thought she would be happier at home.  On Monday 28th Janaury I was to take Cheeky to get her injection.  It was a lovely day and Cheeky did a bunk to inspect her property.  I called and called and then went looking for her after I had rung Richard to inform him I couldn’t find her. I asked him if he thought she had taken herself off to die somewhere, he said he thought it was very unlikely and to come in when she returned, which she did 3 hours later, so I took her in then.

 

By 31st January Cheeky had stopped sniffling and her lungs were clear.  Ever since she came home she had slept with me putting her paws over my neck then her body followed, purring for about an hour then falling asleep when I would move her to the side of me covered, I would awake with every sniffle or cough and stroke her.

 

The 1st February was a sunny day, so took Cheeky tucked inside my coat for a walk with Maggie, it was cold but she appeared to enjoy it.

 

On the 2nd February she had finished her interferon injections and it was Saturday.  Richard gave Cheeky a long lasting antibiotic to last the weekend.  She was getting weaker by the day and not drinking or eating except that which I gave her by the syringe.  Richard was always kind and considerate, he thought Cheeky was a great cat and she was always happy to see him.

 

On Sunday I awoke to find Cheeky in a sad state.  The pupil of one eye was completely dilated and when I put my finger towards her there was no reaction, so I knew she was blind.  I rang Richard who siad he would do a blood test the next day. My friend came and took Maggie home with her and arranged for another friend who loves cats to come to the vets with me the next day as I realised there was nothing else to be done.

 

Spent all day holding her, she was no longer purring.  The next day Cheeky purred and she lay on the bed with the electric blanket on and the sun shining through the window so she lay on her back with the sun warm on her tummy.  I went outside and chose one of her favourite sites and dug her grave awash with tears.

 

At three I went with Cheeky to see Richard.  I sat with her in my arms, then they took her for the blood test which took some time as it was difficult.  When she came back she clung to me.  My friend arrived.  I was delighted to see her as needing support.

 

Richard came back after about quarter of an hour. One look at his face told me before he said that it was not good, they had trouble in getting her blood and all her organs were shutting down and there was nothing further he could do.  He had tried so hard and for so long.  Would I like to put her to sleep.

 

I said yes please would he do it now.  So we went into his surgery and lay Cheeky on her blanket on the table.  Richard told me to stroke her head and talk to her, while he gave her the injection.  She just slipped gently asleep, not a twitch, not anything, it was so peaceful.  My friend and I were both in tears and Richard wrapped her gently in her blanket and carried her out to my car.

 

Later Richard wrote me a very understanding letter saying how sorry he was that we had to put Cheeky to sleep, and that I couldn’t have done more for her. This helped me a great deal.

 

I am sure that Cheeky was looked after by all the staff at the practice for which I am extremely grateful.

 

Richard also spent time on the internet and speaking to veterinary friends around the world seeing if he could help Cheeky.

 

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Practise/Surgery:Gubbins, O Shea & Bramley
Vet:Mr Richard Bramley
Address of Practise/Surgery:The Veterinary Centre Distillary Road Wexford
053 91 45755

Practise/Surgery Telephone:053 9145755
Practise/Surgery E-mail: theveterinarycentre@eircom.net

Reason for Nomination:

 

Richard in my opion is the best vet in the country, without a doubt, He is so kind to the animals and has such a love of all animals its so special.  I am a breeder of Cavalier King Charles and I would not let anyone else treat my dogs only Richard.  He would treat my dogs and would call every day to make sure things were going well.

 

I would recommend all my puppies new owners to go to Richard and some will actually drive down from Dublin and all over Ireland to see him,  once they get to know what an excellent vet he is they are willing to travel for their much loved cavalier.  He really does go above and beyond the call of duty with each animal he treats.  He has such an interest in each and every one of his patients. He is so straight and direct and explains everything to you whats going on with pet and goes to great lenghts to make sure you understand exactly whats happening.

 

I sent a person to him, with her family cavalier, that there was no hope for and advised her to go to Richard for a second opion and she came home with her family after 3 days after Richard working his miracles.  He is truely excellent and I thank God every day I found him.  He does not get enought praise for all the work he does and all the pets he saves, He is an exceptional surgeon and has performed all sorts of miracles as far as I am concerned.

 

I cannot stress enough what an exceptional vet he is and he is such a Gentleman as well as everything else.  He really deserves all the credit and probally does not get enough.  The whole pratice in Gubbins, O Shea and Bramley are excellent and me and my beautiful cavaliers are so lucky to have them all.

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Practice:                       Pet Vet

Address                        Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross, Co Wexford

Tel/E mail                    053-9126523  and 051-445484

Team nomination – contact

Vet nomination – contact                                 Annette Quegan

Vet Nurse/other nomination- contact                Ailish, Marie, Emma, Stephanie, Caroline

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Hello. My name is Bud. My owner didn’t really want me to write this as she doesn’t want to be seen as one of those obsessive types.  Well I never listened to her before and I don’t plan on listening to her now.

 

I’m a nine year old beautiful white west highland terrier (if I say so myself) every vets dream.  My owner rescued me from Dublin 3 years ago.  It wasn’t long before I moved to Wexford when I had my first encounter with Annette.  I was out playing and hurt my paw.  Now I’m a little bit obsessed with my paws, well to tell you the truth I just don’t like anyone touching them.  So of course Annette sent straight for my paws.  I didn’t really warn her but then her hand and arms do look so tasty.  Well after a few injections and a bandage on my paw (which of course I did eat off) I was sent home.

 

A few months later I decided that it was time to see herself again (well I couldn’t have her forgetting about me now could I ).  I had, had a small stroke. Annette picked up on this straight away ran some bloods, sent me home on yummie tablets.  Well the tablets are yummie inside a slice of meat as I refused to take them any other way.

 

Now I have been living in Wexford over three years now and it was the best move I ever made.  However at the time of writing this I was not a well puppy.  I visited Annette late one Friday night in complete pain.    I’m lucky I have an observant owner as she noticed I was very down in myself.  Annete noticed my lack of form as I wasn’t trying to attack her as I normally do.

 

Now she ran more bloods which showed that I had some liver and kidney problems and to top it all of a thyroid problem (more tablets).  It was decided then that I would get a scan from the radiologist just to see what was going on in there.  With the exception of pancreatitis she found that I had a tumour on my liver.  This was a major shock to everyone even Annette as I saw a tear in her eye.  But I was still in great form and I even had another scan done at a later stage and the tumour had not grown.  Because of my age, my owner decided against operating as the risks were too high.

 

However (there is always a however) around Christmas I started feeling unwell again.  My tumour had started to bleed and it was only time before I would be visiting Doggy Heaven.  I pulled through a few times and managed to spend my last Christmas with my family.

 

My owner had to make that decision that is the worst decision anyone ever has to make.  Because I was so bad and in such pain and because the tumour was bleeding she decided for my benefit I had to be put to sleep in case the whole tumour ruptured.  I now have pride of place in the front garden where I had spent a lot of time anyway and my owner comes to visit me nearly every day.  I know I was a lucky dog to get a second chance and I know I will never to forgotten.

 

BUD.

 

Not a day goes by when I don’t think of my little Bud.  I miss him like crazy.  I still look for him to greet me when I return from college.  It was the hardest decision that I ever had to make in my whole life.

 

Only for Annette and all her help and advice I don’t think that I would have got through it.  She is the most amazing person humans and animals could meet.  No matter what time of day or night she was needed she was readily available.  She is one of a kind and loves animals in the same way.

 

No other vet I have met in my life would match her. I feel she is more deserving of the award than ever before for her dedication to me and my little Bud.  As for the rest of the staff, Caroline, Ailish, Marie, Emma and Stephanie, there really woudn’t be a Pet vet without them.

 

They are a brilliant group of people and they are so dedicated to their work, just as much as Annette.

 

BRID.

 

 

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Practice:                       Pet Vet

Address                        Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross, Co Wexford

Tel/E mail                    053-9126523  and 051-445484

Team nomination – contact                  Annette and team

Vet nomination – contact                     Annette Quegan

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Annette is superb.  I have full confidence in her skills.  However I have let Bonny speak (Bark ) ! for herself.  Enclosing her letter.      Sr Anne.

 

Hi Folks,

 

Bonny here, an ageing Pom, but thanks to Annette and her team am not bad looking for my age.  Indeed I often hear remarks on how gorgeous I look especially after a visit to “Pet Vet” where Emma dolls me up with a shampoo and grooming.  And the pedicure is the last word.  Its like padding on air when she is finished.

 

Last January I had major surgery.  I could feel this lump.  Nothing much at first but Annette spotted it.  Mind you she did nothing for a while but then one day she said it would have to be removed.  I sensed the solumnity of the announcment and her concern.  There were great preparations made.  Special medication, diet and lots of attention.  The day arrived and I knew it was special.  All my friends kept patting me and wishing me well.  I had no fears.  I am never afraid of Annette.

 

I heard them say when I was a youngster that I was the best dog in town and that I never give trouble.  So I live up to my reputation.  Anyhow it all went very well.  I was handled so carefully and the “after care” was great.  They had special cushions and beds for me so I wouldn’t have to climb the stairs.  But I just flew up to my room to the amazement of everyone.  Couldn’t see what the fuss was about.

 

However coming down was another story.  Poor Sr Anne had to carry me and she was so afraid of hurting me.  In the end we came down on the stair lift which was a great idea.  Sr. Anne is the person who looks after my needs but all the Sisters love me and take me for walks.  And I take care of them.  I would not let anyone harm them.

 

I have just had a visit to Pet Vet and met all the gang.  They told me I was in smashing form.  My teeth were singled out for special mention.  Seemingly I am in far better shape than many a younger dog and as you can see, my coat is terrific.

 

So its all thanks to Annette and her dream team of Caroline, Ailish, Emma, Ciara, Jacinta and of course the lovely lady at the desk Stephanie.  So I hope they get the Award they deserve.

 

I will be seeing them soon as Annette has a little job to do – removing a growth on my eyelid, but as usual I am being well prepared for the procedure.  So it looks like there is a brighter future ahead !

 

Cheerio

 

 

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Practise/Surgery:Pet vet
Team:  Annette, Emma, Stephanie, Jacinta, Marie
Vet:      Annette
Other:  Emma
Address of Practise/Surgery:New Ross Wexford
Practise/Surgery Telephone:051445484

Reason for Nomination:

 

We have been taking our dogs to the practise for a few years now and cannot speak highly enough of their love, dedication and commitment to all who attend.

 

Our story started last October when Dallas  was diagnoised by Annette with numerous tumours on his side and leg.He is our son’s dog and Gary entrusted him to Annette’s capable hands for treatment,assisted by the girls who were magic with him.

 

As she stitched him he pulled them out as quick,she persisted and watched him night and day.She talked us through an emergency over a weekend when yet again he managed to get at the stiches,always giving us hope and after five weeks of tender loving care he is now back to normal and in great form.

 

He sees her regularly and wags his tail on the way in and is so well looked after on all visits or stays. All their interested in is the welfare of the pet and each has definetly chosen their appropriate path in life .We would wish for them to be awarded for their hard work ,we as animal lovers are so grateful,thank you all.

 

XXX Dallas and Kim .

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Vet Info:
Practise/Surgery:Pet Vet
Team:  Ailish Furlong
Other: Ailish Furlong (RNV/RGN)
Address of Practise/Surgery:Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford, Ireland.
Practise/Surgery Telephone:053916523

Reason for Nomination:

 

Each time I attend this practice, whether it be by appointment or on spec (as has occurred on occasions) both myself and my pet have been treated to exceptionally high standards,  from the friendly chit chat to the most professional medical treatment received by my pet.  I have nominated this practice as it operates above and beyond the limit of a veterinary service and seem to maintain this level of care with a smiling face, something which is all too absent in today’s society.

Eventhough I am nominating the practice as a whole as it is clearly a team effort in Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of one person in particular, Ms. Ailish Furlong,  who is a fantastic person who carries out her work with the utmost conscienciousness, devotion and love for those she cares for.

I’m nominating this practice as a thank you for all their hard work and graciousness throughout the past 2.5 years, they truly deserve it.

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Practise/Surgery:Pet Vet
Team:  Annette Quegan
Vet:      Annette Quegan and Caroline
Other:  Marie, Stefani, Ailish, Emma,
Address of Practise/Surgery:New Ross  Co. Wexford
also
Kerlouge Business Park Wexford
Practise/Surgery Telephone:054 445484

Reason for Nomination:To whom it concerns,

I have 5 cats and one dog and they are my pride and joy. I love them with all my heart. When they are unwell it means the world to me to know that they will get the best possible care from my chosen veterinary team, Pet Vet.

 

Nowhere in this country, or any other for that matter, will you find better people to look after your pets than here. It starts with the genuine care and compassion you meet at the desk going in and follows through to the most knowledgeable and caring vets I have ever met. They also have amazing high tech facilities that allow them to make a diagnosis very quickly and accurately.

I have just lost one of my cats. His name was Socks. He was 12 years old and I absolutely loved him with all my heart. He had been unwell for a while.. he had contracted the FYV virus. For those of us who love our pets just like we love any member of our family, we know how painful it is to lose them and we know that anything that can help at the time means so much. That’s how it was for me during Socks’ final moments. He was lying on my knee and I had a feeling that the end was near.

 

I started to panic as I thought maybe I should bring him to Annette in case he was suffering . So I phoned Pet Vet and spoke to Annette. I decided to bring him down to her but he slipped away just after I put the phone down. I phoned back to let them know that I wouldn’t be bringing him down after all. My heart felt like it was going to split open after he was gone and while I knew there was nothing more she could do I just felt better having made contact with Annette and her team.

 

When you are  going through that and a simple conversation on the phone and a text from your vet is able to help you then let me say there is no price that you can put on that.

Earlier this year my little cat called Emily got a very deep and dangerous cut on her back right leg. This was very serious as she had lost her front left leg as a kitten. I found her about 7.30p.m. and phoned Pet Vet immediately. I met Annette at her New Ross surgery. After examining Emily she knew it was serious and took her home with her until surgery the next day.

 

There was a chance she would lose the little leg. I was sick with worry as I didn’t know how the little pet would cope with two legs or if she would be able to cope at all. At around 11.00p.m. that night I got a text telling me Emily was comfortable.

 

Straight away I felt better knowing Annette was watching over her. Then when I woke around 6.00a.m. I saw another text that had been sent at 4.00a.m. saying Emily was brighter and had eaten a little! Where else would you get that level of care.  And it’s not only Annette, it’s her entire team.

 

They brought her to the Wexford surgery where Caroline carried out the necessary operation. Caroline is also brilliant and you know your furry friends will get nothing but the best of care when they are in her hands. Emily had a very long road to follow after her first operation. She had to have her wound re-opened 3 or 4 times and we thought the leg wouldn’t make it at times. I am so happy to say that it did and Emily is flying around now just as she did before the injury.

As I was saying, Caroline is also fantastic. My cat Chesney  injured himself very badly one night around 11.00p.m. and Caroline was on duty. She carried out a surgery on him at that hour with nobody to help her but me. And I had to sit down twice as I thought I was going to faint, so I wasn’t much help! Chesney is now perfect.
Caroline also looked after me dear Socks over Christmas as he was getting a course of injections and that was the way the dates fell. But instead of it being a nuisance to her she send me a number of texts informing me how was doing. That is unbelievable and it meant so much to me. Again, it’s peace of mind. But it’s also extremely thoughtful and caring.

I wish I was more articulate so I could get across how lucky and re assured I feel knowing that the team at Pet Vet are there for my cats; Mud, Skinny, Chesney, Emily and Jovi and my dog Mavis. They  are guaranteed the best possible care once they are there and that gives me a peace of mind that you wouldn’t get anywhere else that

 

I know of. They have the perfect combination of genuine care, amazing knowledge and state of the art equipment. I would never bring my pets to any other team.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to you all at Pet Vet.

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Practise/Surgery:Pet Vet
Team:  Annette Quegan
Vet:      Annette Quegan and Caroline
Other:  Marie and Stephanie
Address :Wexford Road, New Ross, Co Wexford and also at Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford
Practise/Surgery Telephone:051 445484

Reason for Nomination:

Because of the care and dedication they show to all pets they help from day to day and also to say a very grateful thanks for all the help they have given me.

When we found Lucky (whose mother had been killed) his eyes weren’t even open but despite all the odds Lucky survived and soon became a treasured part of the family.  He is very placid, easy going cat and really is a “family only” cat

Earlier this year Lucky was having difficulty in keeping his food down and also had diarrhea.  Annette and Caroline discovered Lucky had a tumour – the day Annette rang to tell me that Lucky had a tumour was awful.  It was decided not to operate at that time as there was the suspicion of a second tumour in his throat and following a bearim meal Lucky seemed to be keeping his food down.

One day in May I noticed that Lucky seemed to be trying to go to the loo but couldn’t – we brought him to Pet Vet and Caroline decided to keep him in to investigate – a cateter was inserted and I was allowed to take him home – he got quite stressed staying in and Caroline thought it would be a good idea for me to take him home but I had to bring him back each day for a check up (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday – Caroline was on hand each day of the weekend and always at the end of the phone)

Lucky went downhill on the night of bank holiday Monday and when I returned with him on the Tuesday morning he was kept in again.  At lunch time on Tuesday Caroline rang me to say that she and Annette had decided to operate that day and I was welcome to visit before the operation – I did and it was one of the longest evenings ever waiting for news – Caroline phoned me about 8 pm to tell me that Lucky had survived the operation (they joined his small and large intestine together) but it was still touch and go.  Later that night around 11 Annette phoned to say he had had a drink of water and was comfortable.

 

The following day I got a call around 9 to say he was still good and I could visit later – I couldn’t believe Lucky was so good when I saw him and continued to improve as the week went on.  I was allowed to bring him home on Friday and he had to visit for daily checkups for a couple of weeks.

We then got the news that the tumour was maglinant but it was a slow growing tumour.  Lucky then had a course of daily injections to help him regain his strenght (some of those were done at home Marie came over each evening to give them)

What ever time Lucky has left (and I don’t think in those terms) – he has a quality of life now that he didn’t have earlier in the year.  To look at him now he’s a very happy and relaxed chap and enjoying every minute of life.  If Lucky could write it would be to say a big thank you to Annette, Caroline, Stephanie and Marie and all at Pet Vet for helping and caring for him.

The whole Pet Vet team are like a family and included in that family are all the animals together with their owners.

 

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WICKLOW

 

Practice:                                   Greystones Vet Hospital/Harbour

Address                                    The Harbour, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Tel/E mail                                01-2872099

Vet nomination – contact                                 Enda Costigan

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Enda has been our vet for approximately seven years.  When he left the first practice he worked in here in Greystones, we followed him, like many others we know, to his next.  He has a wonderful way with both animals and their owners alike.

 

My animals took to him immediately.  He always gives patients a huge amount of time and one never feels he is rushing you out to deal with the next consultation.  The reason I am nominating Enda is that I feel he is a wonderful, caring and very competant veterinary surgeon who we trust to give the best care to our animals.

 

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Practice:                                   Greystones Vet Hospital/Harbour

Address                                    The Harbour, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Tel/E mail                                01-2872099

Team nomination – contact                  Team , contact Enda Costigan

 

Reason for Nomination:

It’s hard to know where to start to praise this veterinary practice highly enough – from front desk to the veterinary surgeons themselves.  They give the feeling of an intimate, caring, personal family.  Walking in there is just like coming to see friends and there have been quite a few times over the last four years when I have needed help and support of these friends quite badly.

 

My nomination is for the whole practice because they are excellent, but it’s hard to find the words to describe.  Enda whom I have the most dealings with when it comes to my beloved, constantly ailing german shepherd !

 

In my 30 years of keeping  dogs and others, I can honestly say I have never come across a vet with the understanding, compassion and just a unique empathy that Enda has.

 

Not alone does Sula managed to raise a lick for him no matter how poorly – this man is so genuine and cares so much for both owners and animals – he manages to have exactly the right words at the right times – and it makes so much of a difference !!  He deserves recognition.

 

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