Veterinary Nurses

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

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.

Sinead Sheerin

Sinéad Sheerin


Originally from Co. Leitrim, Sinéad worked in Private Practice in Co.Fermanagh for 6 years and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006. She joined UCD Veterinary Hospital, Dublin in 2007 as Theatre Nurse before becoming the ICU Nurse in 2011.
Sinéad obtained a Certificate in Emergency & Critical Care Nursing in April 2014 and in the same year she was awarded a National Teaching Hero Award for her work with Veterinary Nursing & Medicine students. She is a regular lecturer at Veterinary Nursing Conferences and has a special interest in Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery and teaching. She joined Gilabbey in November 2016 / February 2017 as Head Veterinary Nurse.
Gus O'Herlihy

Gus O’Herlihy

Gus is our longest serving staff member and has over 18 years technical veterinary experience. He is our dedicated Endoscopy Nurse and his areas of special interest are Wound Management and Care. Gus is also Gilabbey’s Student Supervisor, facilitating and co-ordinating the training of Veterinary and Veterinary Nursing Students.

Mairead Deasy

Mairead Deasy

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. 




Deirdre Duggan

Deirdre Duggan

RVN Dip Canine Aqua & Hydrotherapy, Cert. Small Animal Hydrotherapy, PG Cert Small Animal Rehabilitation Therapy.

Deirdre is a RCVS qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2001 and has extensive experience working in both general and referral small animal veterinary hospitals. She is a registered member of VCI, RCVS and IRVAP. In 2001, she gained an IRVAP accredited diploma in Canine Aqua and Hydrotherapy and ABC accredited certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy. In 2013 she gained her post graduate certificate with distinction in Small Animal Rehabilitation Therapy from the University of Nottingham. Deirdre is the lead Small Animal Rehabilitation Therapist for Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital and its referral veterinary physiotherapy and hydrotherapy centre, Cork Canine Rehabilitation Centre. Deirdre plays a key part in the pre and post-operative care of our orthopaedic and neurological patients.

Claire O'Donnell

Claire O’Donnell

PGCert Small Animal Rehabilitation, Cert Small Animal hydrotherapy BA(Hons) 

Claire is a UCC Arts graduate who then went on to do a variety of courses relating to Canine Behaviour, Training and Handling. Claire graduated in 2015 as a Small Animal Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. Claire is currently managing our Cork Canine Rehabilitation Centre while Deirdre is on maternity leave.

Christina Cronin

Christina Cronin

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.

Maeve O'Donovan

Maeve O’Donovan

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.

Joanne Hallinan

Joanne Hallinan

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.


Kim is the newest member of our surgical team. She worked in first opinion practice until she graduated from UCD with a BSc(hons) in Veterinary Nursing and joined our team in February. She has always had a keen interest in surgery and anaesthesia and is completing a course in surgery and theatre management this summer. She also hopes to go on and do the Dip AVN and specialise in these areas.