2008 Winners

….NEWS RELEASE….

 

NATIONAL STRONGHOLD VETERINARY PET CARE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

 

Results were announced today for the 2008 Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards, a national award programme which invited pet owners and members of the public to write nominations and stories about the work of their veterinary services. This is the 9TH consecutive year of the national competition, organised by Pfizer Animal Health in association with the Irish Veterinary Journal. The top 4 winners for 2008 are:

 

  • The overall national winners of the 2008 Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards are:

The team from Pet Vet which has two practices, based in Wexford town and in New Ross in Co. Wexford.

  • The 2008 Stronghold National Category Award for Top Individual Vet is awarded to:

Dr Johanna Tambute-Power, Deise Veterinary Group, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

  • The 2008 Stronghold National Category Award for Top Veterinary Nurse is awarded to:

Imelda Mone, McKenna McDonald & Finley Veterinary, Tullyherim, Co Monaghan.

  • A Special Judges Award for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to Paddy Treanor from Ark Veterinary (Treanor & Glynn) in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Damian O’Donohue from Pfizer Animal Health said that the importance of pets to people shines through in so many of the nominations written by members of the general public for the Stronghold Awards each year, with, for instance, pets often described as “treasures”, “special friends” or “beloved members of the family.”

 

RETURNING TO A WELCOME HOME

“For an awful lot of people, ranging from teenagers to more elderly people, their pet makes the difference between returning to an empty home, or returning to a “welcome home” when they open their front door,” said Mr O’Donohue. “Pets break down social barriers between people and help many people in today’s busy and pressurised society to lead lives which are much less isolated and much more fulfilling than they might be.”

 

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

 

WINNING TEAM

 

Representing the winning Pet Vet team, founding vet Annette Quegan and veterinary nurse Ailish Furlong received the Stronghold Perpetual Trophy and a prize valued at €2,000 at an awards ceremony in Castleknock in Dublin today (Sunday 23rd November 2008).

 

The winning Pet Vet team received many nominations from pet owners reflecting exceptionally high standards, top class professional medical treatment for pets, wonderful after care, emergency support night and day, dedication, persistence through serious illnesses – combined with a friendly service, always giving hope, providing quality of life to pets on borrowed time and tremendous support during sad or difficult times.

 

The Hardest Decisions

One pet owner from Ballycullane wrote about her beautiful nine year old West Highland terrier called Bud, who developed liver, kidney and thyroid problems, but the biggest shock was a tumour on his liver. This pet owner had to make the decision described as “the worst decision anyone ever has to make.” She wrote: “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 my vet and all her help and advice I don’t think that I would have got through it….. 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. As for the rest of the staff….They are a brilliant group of people and they are so dedicated to their work”

 

Dream Team

A nun from a monastery wrote about the wonderful care given to the pet dog of the monastery, who all the Sister’s love and take for walks, describing the vet practice as the “dream team.” Another pet owner from Ballymurn nominated the practice because it operates above and beyond the limit of a veterinary service and seems to maintain this level of care with a “smiling face, something which is all too absent in today’s society”. She says that this team works with the utmost conscienciousness, devotion and love.

 

Pride and Joy

Pet Vet received many nominations, with the winning nomination coming from pet owner Helen Coady, Newtown, Borris, Co Carlow.
Helen wrote: “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” In her nomination describing Pet Vet, she says “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.”

 

Helen wrote about her cat Emily who got a very deep and dangerous cut on her back leg. Helen was sick with worry. Not only did she receive text messages at 11pmfrom her vet to say the cat was comfortable, but when she woke in the morning she saw another text that had been sent at 4.00a.m. saying Emily was brighter and had eaten a little!

 

On another occasion a cat called Chesney injured himself very badly one night around 11.00pm. Another vet from Pet Vet carried out emergency surgery on him at that hour with nobody to help her but the pet owner – and the pet owner had to sit down twice because she thought she was going to faint, so she really wasn’t much help!

Pet owner Helen Coady was awarded a prize of a weekend away as the winning nominator, which she in turn donated to pet charity “Cats Aid.”

 

TOP INDIVIDUAL VET

The Stronghold National Category Award for a Top Individual Vet was awarded to Dr Johanna Tambute -Power from Deise Veterinary Group, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford.

 

Dr Tambute-Power is described by pet owners as very thorough, good at diagnosis, kind and caring with pets as well as being a “credit to her profession.” One client says it would be difficult to surpass her dedication, professionalism, compassion, and pleasant manner in dealing with her patients.

 

A lady from Ardmore wrote about Honey, a 17 year old pet dog, who had to be put to sleep after she went into heart failure. The pet owner says she can’t emphasise enough how gentle and caring Dr Tambute-Power dealt with the dog and themselves. She wrote: “Obviously we were loath to part with our little dog, but this vet gently and firmly lead us to consider only the dog and make the right decision in the animal’s best interest.”

 

Another incident related to the author’s neighbour’s German Shepherd dog who had been ill and also needed her assistance to be put to sleep. The owner was a very elderly man who is quite ill himself. The vet came and quietly and 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.”

 

TOP VETERINARY NURSE

The Stronghold National Category Award for Top Veterinary Nurse is Imelda Mone, McKenna McDonald & Finley Veterinary, Tullyherim, Co Monaghan.

Imelda was nominated by her clients for her courtesy and friendliness to all her customers, which is described as exceptional. She is also nominated for her “care and sensitivity”. One client describes losing their dog Bouncer after having him for 12 years and says that the care and effort the veterinary team put into trying to save his life was so appreciated.

 

Imelda is described as having huge compassion for the animals in her care, a spontaeous love of animals great and small and having the interests of the animals at heart.

 

On client wrote to say that Imelda has a particular love of horses. On one occasion when their young yearling Tilly was seriously ill, Imelda 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. “Certainly above and beyond the call of duty”, says her client.

 

SPECIAL JUDGE’S AWARD

A Special Judges Award for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to Paddy Treanor from Ark Veterinary (Treanor & Glynn) in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

 

The Special Judge’s Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of a career wholeheartedly dedicated to the health and welfare of all types of animals, combined with a commitment to delivering a consistently high standard of care throughout those years. All of the nominations for Paddy this year and over the last number of years of the Stronghold Awards, reflect total professionalism, with pet owners saying that their animals have been treated with superb care, love and attention.

 

This year the owner of Bobbi, an 11 year old setter-cross dog, describes Paddy Treanor as being “most humane.” She says “He has a natural calmness about him which is a wonderful trait. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met and it’s been a pleasure dealing with him for so many years.”

 

That theme of providing a top quality veterinary service over a long period of time is consistently reflected in his nominations. One of Mr Treanor’s customers fromDun Laoghaire simply said that he and his team had been great vets to them for 38 years. Another lady from Blackrock echoed this, having been clients for “ 30+ ” years.

 

An elderly lady from Foxrock wrote to say that she relies “dearly” on her dogs for company. The last three have all been Collie-Lab Crosses. They have been called “Towser # 1”, followed not surprisingly by ….“Towser # 2” and followed even less surprisingly by…. “Towser # 3.”
Another lady says her family lived in the area since 1969 and they have had LOTS of animals over the years. She describes how some of her earliest memories are of going to visit Mr Treanor with her Dad and with one or another of their animals. This lady said in her nomination, “Our area abounds with stories of this vet’s kindness to sick & distressed animals, and also to their poor or eldery or 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.” She concludes by saying: “I really hope you will appreciate his long, patient years of progressive service.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

At the 2008 Stronghold Awards Ceremony, a number of veterinary professionals were also Highly Commended at a national level by the judging panel.

Highly Commended veterinary practices were:

  • Animal Care Hospital, The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork
  • Animals First Veterinary, Kilcullen, Co Kildare
  • Allpets Veterinary Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth
  • Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Highly Commended individual vets were:

  • Mary Geary, Anicare Veterinary/Botanic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • Enda Costigan, Greystones Veterinary Hospital, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Highly Commended veterinary nursing/ support staff was:

  • Melanie Corcorcan, Blackrock Veterinary Clinic, Co. Dublin

 

Samples of stories from pet owners are available at www.progresspr.ie/petcare.htm within the 2008 “Judge’s Selection”.

 

ENDS

 

Date: Sunday 23rd November, 2008

 

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

 

Or contact Annette Quegan, Pet Vet New Ross 051-445484 or Pet Vet Wexford 053-9126523

 

2008 Top Prize Winners – Sample Nominations from Pet Owners

OVERALL WINNING TEAM – 1ST PRIZE

 

Vet Info:
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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Vet Info:

Practice: Pet Vet

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

Tel/E mail 053-9126523 and 051-445484

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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Vet Info:

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

Bonny and Sr. Anne !

 

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Vet Info:
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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Vet Info:
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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2008 STRONGHOLD NATIONAL CATEGORY AWARD FOR TOP INDIVIDUAL VET

WATERFORD

 

Vet Info:

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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Vet Info:

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 ! — End of Entry —

 

2008 STRONGHOLD NATIONAL CATEGORY AWARD FOR TOP VET NURSE

MONAGHAN

 

Vet Info:

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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Vet Info:

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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2008 SPECIAL JUDGE’S AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

 

 

Vet Info:
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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Vet Info:
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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Vet Info:
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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