Veterinary Surgeons

At Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital we have four full-time and two part-time veterinary surgeons. Between them, they have a wealth of experience which translates into the fact there is very little we haven’t seen. Each veterinary surgeon has his/her own special interests. Everyone is encouraged to further progress themselves with continuing education and we expect each surgeon to return with ideas and the latest techniques to help improve the clinical care of our patients.

Shane Guerin Veterinary Surgeon

Shane Guerin


Shane Guerin is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and he qualified from UCD in 1986. After six years in private practice, Shane completed a small animal surgical residency at Massey University in New Zealand.

This was followed by a further three years as clinical lecturer in UCD.  He became a Diplomate in 2000.  Shane became a partner in the practice in 1999 and he specialises in Veterinary Surgery with a special interest in orthopaedic and spinal surgery.

Pat Doherty Veterinary Surgeon

Pat O’Doherty


Pat O’Doherty qualified in 1984.  Having worked in a variety of mixed and small animal practices both in Ireland and the UK, he returned to Cork in 1990 where he joined with Mr. Liam Guerin as a partner in Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital.

While on a daily basis he is involved in all aspects of veterinary medicine, his primary interest in recent years is in zoo and wildlife medicine and exotics.  He is currently the veterinary consultant to Fota Wildlife Park.

Tom Conway Veterinary Surgeon

Tom Conway


Tom Conway qualified in 1993.  He went to the UK where he worked in a mixed practice in North Wales and then in a small animal practice in Birmingham. He saw practice as a student at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, he returned there in 1996 and he became a partner in 2001.

He has completed workshops in Ireland and England and distance learning courses with Sidney University.  He has a special interest in dermatology, oncology and chemotherapy and also enjoys surgery.

Adrian O'Shea Veterinary Surgeon

Adrian O’Shea

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Adrian graduated with a honours degree in Veterinary Medicine from UCD in 2000. After a period of time in mixed veterinary practice, he moved to the UK to further his skills in small animal surgery and he quickly developed a busy surgical referral practice. In 2011, he was awarded by examination the RCVS certificate in Small Animal Surgery (CERT AVP GSAS). In doing so he became the very first Irish Veterinary Surgeon to achieve this qualification. In addition to his regular visits to Gilabbey, Adrian continues to offer a surgical referral service in the UK, enjoying a diverse orthopaedic, spinal and soft tissue surgical caseload.

Sheila Brennan Veterinary Surgeon

Sheila Brennan


Sheila Brennan qualified from UCD in 1997 and after 3 years in small animal practice in England returned to UCD to undertake a residency in small animal internal medicine. After completing her residency Sheila attained a Diploma from the European College of Internal Medicine and became lecturer in small animal medicine in UCD. Sheila has particular interest in haematological diseases and angiostrongylosis.

Gemma O'Donoghue Veterinary Surgeon

Gemma O’Donoghue

MVB, MRCVS, BSAVA CERT Small Animal Medicine, ESPVS Cert Cardiology, ANZCVS Feline Medicine

Gemma has recently achieved the ANZCVS certificate in feline medicine. Gemma also holds the BSAVA postgraduate certificate in small animal medicine, and the ESVPS postgraduate certificate in small animal cardiology. Gemma qualified from UCD in 2007, and spent seven years in practice in the UK before returning to Ireland. She joined Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in January 2016. Gemma will be accepting referrals in cardiology and internal medicine.

Lassara McCartan Veterinary Surgeon

Lassara McCartan


Lassara is a 2006 veterinary graduate of University College Dublin. Following graduation she spent more than two years in both small animal and equine practice in Ireland and America before undertaking a small animal clinical oncology internship at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. On completion of her internship she remained in Madison, enrolling in a three year medical residency training programme which she completed at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh in 2012. On completion of her residency training, Lassara remained in Edinburgh as a clinician in the University small animal hospital. Lassara returned to Ireland in 2013 and is currently available to see Feline and Canine oncology cases at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, Cork. Lassara enjoys meeting owners with their pets, informing them as to treatments available to them and ensuring that their pet maintains an excellent quality of life while in her care  and undergoing treatment.

Emma Tobin Veterinary Surgeon

Emma Tobin

MVB MVM CVR Dip ECVDI Veterinary Radiologist

Emma Tobin is a specialised Veterinary Radiologist offering a veterinary ultrasound referral service. She will also report on radiographic films and offer advice on improving radiographic technique. Emma offers her expert advice on a variety of different case types. Emma visits us weekly with ultrasound clinics for patients that travel from all over Ireland.

Sophia Mackey


Sophia originally worked in mixed practice before joining Gilabbey Veterinary hospital in 2015 as a surgical intern for 12 months. She then spent a year progressing her small animal medicine and surgery career in a busy practice in the UK.  She returned to Gilabbey in late 2017 as part of the first opinion team. She has a keen interest in all aspects of medicine especially diagnostic imaging and neurology and is currently undertaking an advanced practitioner certificate in neurology.  She will be actively involved in managing our CT cases. Sophia also has a diploma in Acupuncture and welcomes clients to utilise this service alongside other therapies for their pet.


Barbara Healy

MVB GPCert(Ophthal)

Barbara qualified from UCD and has spent a long time in small animal practice in England, achieving an ophthalmology certificate in that time. She has recently returned home and is loving living in Cork. During her time in England Barbara developed an interest in dentistry as well as a passion for all things eye-related.

In her time off she is enjoying the beautiful Cork countryside and catching up with family.

Ciarán Jones



Ciarán Jones is a Diplomate of both the American and European College of Veterinary Surgeons and has completed a three year surgical residency programme where he practiced a variety of orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurologic, oncologic and minimally invasive surgery at Washington State University.


Ciarán obtained his veterinary degree at University College Dublin in 2014 and completed a small animal rotating internship at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Following his internship year, he moved to Washington State University where he completed a three year ACVS surgical residency and was awarded numerous scholarships including for teaching and for his research in exercise science. Ciarán became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery (DACVS) in Small Animal Surgery and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery (DECVS) in Small Animal Surgery in 2019. Outside of work, he is passionate about rugby, tennis, golf, and travelling with friends and family.

Ciarán has a particular interest in arthroscopy, minimally invasive techniques, fracture repair and spinal surgery.