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Susan Barry

Vet - owner

Susan graduated as a veterinary surgeon from UCD in 2000. She worked in a large companion animal referral center in London for three years.

 

On moving back to Dublin Susan joined the Anicare Veterinary Group before opening Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital.

 

She is a keen surgeon but equally enjoys working with all medical problems, from the simple to the complicated. She particularly enjoys the social aspect of meeting clients and their pets.

 

Susan has three dogs; Lucy, Danny and Conor as well as cats; Mr Tinkle and Crackers. 

 

In her spare time, Susan enjoys time with her family, running, walking and baking.

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Jennifer O'Rourke

Vet - including exotics

Jennifer qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2010. She has a special love of exotic animals. With this love of exotics, Jennifer decided to become certified in Exotic Animal Medicine and so is invaluable as our special exotics vet. She can take care of all the weird and wonderful creatures that come in the door!

 

Jennifer has two rabbits, Ellie and JR​ and a budgie called Zoey. She also adopted a Yorkshire terrier named Maisie and most recently added a Shih-tzu, named Buddy, to her brood.

 

Jennifer previously worked in Blanchardstown until 2017, when she had her little girl. So she was delighted to move to PVH to be closer to home.

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Sarah Kennedy

Nurse

It has always been Sarah’s dream to work with animals. From a very young age she has had a huge interest in horses which inspired her to pursue her passion. In 2015 Sarah completed an Animal Care and Animal Science degree in Bray Institute of Further Education, and in 2019 graduated from UCD with a degree in Veterinary Nursing.

 

Over the years Sarah has worked with many animals with a great interest in post-operative care, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Sarah is eager to learn and always wants what’s best for each animal.

Sarah has a Labrador cross called Al who is mad but a big softy at heart. In her spare time Sarah enjoys walking her dog, swimming and loves to travel.

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Animal Care Assistant

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Valerie Murphy

Manager

As our practice grew, we needed a practice manager so Valerie joined the team. With over 20 years’ experience in events and office administration, Valerie is delighted to be combining her passions - animals and getting things organised.

 

As a former puppy raiser for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Valerie provides temporary boarding for other puppy raisers. She is also continuing her Canine Behaviour studies with AniEd. Any spare time is spent walking in the Phoenix Park with her dog Cassie.

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Julian Cheshire

Vet - including exotics

Julian graduated with a veterinary degree from UCD in 2014. He holds a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Primate Conservation. He has worked in a practice in the UK for four years treating dogs and cats as well as exotic species ranging from birds to reptiles and other small animals.

 

He returned to Ireland in 2018 with his wife, who is also a veterinary surgeon, and their son. He has two elderly tortoises called Rosie and Daisy and their cat Robin who came to them as a day-old kitten.

 

His interests include reptile surgery, exotics medicine and soft tissue surgery.

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Aoibhinn O'Brien

Vet

Aoibhínn is from Galway where she grew up surrounded by all types of pets from dogs to horses. After school she studied Biomedical Science at NuiG. Her lifelong passion for animals then led her to Budapest to study Veterinary Medicine.

 

Aoibhínn returned home and began working in small animal practice. We welcomed Aoibhínn to the PVH team in April 2021, and she has become an invaluable member of our team. Aoibhínn is especially interested in surgery and is continually learning in this area.

 

Aoibhínn adores cats and has her own ginger cat named Seamus.

 

In her spare time she enjoys sea swimming, hiking and is also a talented artist.

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Lynn Coyle

Nurse

Lynn has always had a passion for all animals from a young age. She studied veterinary nursing in Dundalk Institute of Technology, qualifying with a degree in 2016. During her veterinary career she also received awards in the areas of Animal Care and Animal Science.

 

Lynn has gained valuable experience working in the DSPCA and as a locum in the Irish Blue Cross.

 

Lynn currently has four pets, two jack russell terriers named Charlie and Jessie and two goldfish named Jet and Chase. In her spare time Lynn enjoys gardening, reading and walking her dogs.

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Tracy Barnes

Receptionist

Tracy joined PVH in September 2019. Tracy started her BA in Humanities, majoring in Psychology. In 2011 her obsession with getting a dog became a reality. She fell head over heels in love.

Tracy has 3 Cocker Spaniels, Molly, Oscar and Cooper, along with two terrapins Tipp and Levi. She has a huge passion for animals and believes in setting them up for success to live in our human world.

Tracy started studying through AniEd (animal education and training), and qualified as a Canine Behaviour Training Technician CBTT. Tracy does 1-2-1 training, house sitting, home boarding and dog walking. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her dogs, cooking, gardening and reading.

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Ruth Woolfson

Vet

PVH were delighted to welcome Ruth to the team in January of 2021. In a previous life, Ruth was a Medical Scientist working in St James' hospital but packed it all in to follow her dream and become a vet and graduated from UCD in 2016. In her free time, she can be found walking her cat Mushu, out in the garden growing veggies or sea swimming.

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Petra Eras

Vet 

Petra graduated from University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Czech Republic in 2010. During her studies Petra volunteered in Morocco at a NGO charitable veterinary clinic. After graduation she started working in picturesque Prague at small animal veterinary practice, which deepened her practical and theoretical knowledge, mostly in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

 

After 8 years of caring for small pets, Petra decided to begin a new life by moving to Ireland with her husband.

 

Petra is a passionate traveller, loves theatre, both classical and popular concerts and relaxing with a good book.

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Kate Williams

Vet

Kate is from Surrey in the UK. She went to vet school in Grenada in the West Indies to gain her DVM and completed her final year rotations at UCD in 2017. Since graduating Kate has worked at several small animal practices in Kildare and Dublin and has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery. Kate also has a Masters in Conservation Medicine. Kate loves to travel and has been all over the world to work with wildlife as a vet from elephants in India to orangutans in Borneo.

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Áine Crowther

Nurse

Áine joined PVH in 2021. Having volunteered for Blue cross, Áine decided that she had found her calling and studied animal science in Killester College.

 

After working in veterinary practices as an animal care assistant and receptionist for several years, Áine returned to college to get her BSc in Veterinary Nursing. At work, Áine has a passion for anesthesia and healthy weight clinics.

 

In her spare time, she loves reading and hikes with her dogs; a labrador called Bella, and Pebbles, her beagle cross. Aine also has a 4-year-old tortoise called Bear.

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Robyn Ryan

Receptionist

Robyn always had a passion for animals and although she studied applied maths and biology in Maynooth university, Robyn went on to received a Certificate in Animal Care in 2021 to pursue a career with animals.

 

Robyn joined the reception team in Jan 2022 and loves meeting the variety of pets that come through PVH and hearing stories from their owners.

 

In her spare time, Robyn enjoys painting, playing piano, and plenty of walks with friends and family.

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