Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital has eight fully qualified veterinary nurses who are highly skilled and dedicated to the care and treatment of our small animal patients. On our staff, we are proud to have the first veterinary nurse in Ireland, to gain a diploma in higher education in clinical veterinary nursing, followed with an advanced diploma in veterinary surgical nursing. Another member of our nursing staff has become actively involved in veterinary physiotherapy and has developed our Cork Canine Rehabilitation Centre including hydrotherapy, while another promotes CPD for veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons through vetcpd.ie.
We actively encourage all of our nurses to pursue continuing education and from this, we expect them to bring new techniques and ideas back to the practice.
Grace Irwin – Co-Head Veterinary Nurse
Grace qualified as an RVN from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2010
and worked in a first opinion hospital since graduating, before joining the
Gilabbey team in 2019. Grace became Co-Head VN alongside her brilliant
nursing colleague Maeve in 2020. She has a special interest in nurse clinics,
in particular weight clinics, and also in emergency and critical care nursing.
Grace was awarded Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2018 by the Irish Vet Awards
as voted on by the public and her veterinary colleagues. In her spare time Grace
enjoys horse riding, reading, running and socialising with friends and family.
Maeve O’Donovan -Co-Head Veterinary Nurse
Maeve joined our Team in September 2014. Maeve has a BSc in Zoology from UCC (2008) and a BSc in Veterinary Nursing Letterkenny Institute of Technology (2014). Maeve was awarded Student of the Year when she graduated from Letterkenny. Maeve continues to develop her knowledge and skills by regularly attending CPD courses and through on-the-job training.
BA. BSc.VN RVN
Gus qualified from UCD in 2004 and manages our Diagnostic Imaging and CT Department.
Dip AVN Dip HE CVN RVN
Mairead graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from University College Dublin in 2007. She attained a Diploma in Higher Education Clinical Veterinary Nursing from Myerscough College in 2012 and followed this with an RCVS Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. She is a regular lecturer at veterinary nursing conferences, an OSCE examiner and was awarded Irish Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2013.
Mairead currently works as Head Theatre Nurse at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, where she is repsonsible for the surgical nursing care of referral orthopaedic and soft tissue cases. She has worked for Gilabbey for the past nineteen years and has seen the practice grow from a small mixed practice to a major referral centre. She enjoys all aspects of surgical nursing, and has particular interest in anesthesia and the care of spinal and orthopaedic patients.
Mairead is the proud owner of two dogs, Noodle and Jack, and Louie the cat, all of whom found their way to her through the doors of Gilabbey.
Christina originally started as a student with us and got on so well, we asked her to stay. She has been with the practice since 2005. She runs our junior health clinics and has a keen interest in many different areas, including radiology and chemotherapy.
Joanne graduated from St Johns College in 2015 with a Level 6 Veterinary Nursing qualification. Joanne is currently studying at Edinburgh Napier University, via distance learning, to obtain a Level 8 honours degree. She hopes to specialise in Emergency Care and Pain Management.
Leone joined the team in September 2019. She graduated from UCC in 2011 with a B.Sc degree in Zoology. She most recently completed an Animal Care course in St. John’s College Cork, graduating in 2018. She loves spending her days in Gilabbey but when at home she loves spending quality time with her rabbit Leo.