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.
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.
Dip AVN Dip HE CVN RVN
Mairead is our senior surgical nurse and has been with the practice for over 16 years. She is responsible for the smooth running of the operating theatres. Mairead graduated from UCD in 2007. In 2012 she graduated from Myerscough College with a Diploma in Higher Education Clinical Veterinary Nursing followed by an Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. Mairead has a particular interest in the care of our spinal and orthopaedic patients. Mairead was awarded Irish Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2013.
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 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 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.
Jess was first a student here in Gilabbey and then joined our Team in November 2015. Jess graduated from St. John’s Central College in Cork and was awarded Student of the Year 2015. Jess takes an interest in anaesthesia and surgery and works primarily in these areas.
John joined our Team in May 2014 having graduated in Veterinary Nursing from Athlone Institute of Technology. John continues to learn from the more experienced vets and nurses on the Team and he is a valued member of the Gilabbey family.
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 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.