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.
MVB MACVSc Cert SAO DVCSc Diplomate ECVS MRCVS
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 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 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.
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Lisa qualified from the University of Liverpool and went straight
into small animal practice on the Wirral. She developed an interest
in ocular diseases and has completed the RCVS Certificate in Ophthalmology.
Lisa joined Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in 2008 and sees both first opinion and referral ophthalmic cases. She has a particular interest in intraocular surgery, particularly cataract surgery. Lisa is currently studying for a Certificate in Internal Medicine.
MVB CERT AVP GSAS MRCVS
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 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.
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.
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Kathryn graduated from University College Dublin in 2011. She spent four years working in small animal practice in the UK, and joined the team at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in 2015. Kathryn has always had a special interest in veterinary dermatology, and began further study in dermatology with the University of Liverpool in 2013. In 2016, she achieved her certificate in advanced veterinary practice in veterinary dermatology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Kathryn is an active member of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group.
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.
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.
MVB MS Diplomate ACVS-SA Diplomate ECVS Diplomate ACVSMR MRCVS
American and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
American Specialist in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Laura graduated from University College Dublin in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a Masters of Science and residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida (UF). In 2013, Laura joined University College Dublin as Assistant Professor in Small Animal Surgery. She was welcomed as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) in 2014, and as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2015. Laura currently offers specialist services in small animal surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation in private referral clinics in Ireland and the UK.
Laura is actively involved in teaching and regularly delivers lectures and practical workshops nationally and internationally. Her research interests include orthopaedic biomechanics, specifically relating to medial coronoid disease in dogs, as well as teaching and proficiency assessment in minimally-invasive procedures. Laura maintains a strong interest in all aspects of orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurologic and oncologic surgery, however, her main clinical interests reflect her advanced training at UF in minimally-invasive techniques, traumatology and rehabilitation of the post-operative patient.