Ireland boasts some of the world’s finest veterinarians. At Pet Sitters Ireland, we value the veterinary professionals in our communities. To honor the best in veterinary care, we are looking for Ireland’s best veterinarians. Do you know a veterinarian or a veterinary clinic that deserves to be recognised as the country’s best? Let us know!
Introducing The Best Vet in Ireland Nominee: Briarhill Veterinary Clinic
Tell us the name of your vets, where you are located, and how potential customers can contact you.
Briarhill Veterinary Clinic is based in Galway City. You will find us in Briarhill Business Park, next to the racecourse. Our full address is Unit 20A, Briarhill Buiness Park, Ballybrit, Galway.
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Tell us about your facility and what services you offer?
Our veterinary clinic is the only one in Galway City that is 100% dedicated to the care of small animals – dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets. Briarhill Veterinary Clinic opened in Galway City in July 2009. Our experienced team is committed to providing the very best veterinary care for our patients. Our comprehensive range of services for small animals includes:
• Health checks
• Flea and worm control
• Spaying and neutering
• Pet Passport Scheme
• Puppy and kitten care
• Senior pet care
Our facilities include: 24 hour emergency service, digital xray, in-house blood machines, separate dog and cat hospitalisation wards, separate dog and cat consulting rooms, isolation unit for infectious disease control, in-house operating theatre, and ultrasound.
Tell us about your amazing staff? Why will our pets LOVE them?
Our vets are Ruth Harkin from Killiney, County Dublin and R?ona Mac Eoin from Kinvara, County Galway. They both graduated from the Veterinary College, UCD. They have gained widespread companion animal experience in Ireland and the United Kingdom. They now bring their wealth of specialist training and their enthusiasm for small animal welfare to Galway and the surrounding region. Ruth is particulalrly good at working with cats and nervous patients and Riona has a special interest in canine behaviour. The best thing about both our vets and the reason pets love them is that there is always a bag of treats on the go for their patients!
Our veterinary Nurses are Catherine Hartin and Meghan Wilmot. Both are graduates from Letterkenny I.T. Catherine is very fond of our feline patients and is currently undertaking a diploma in advanced feline nursing. Meghan is fantastic with dogs (especially her favourite breed, dalmatians) and she enjoys all aspects of canine behaviour.
What makes you different to other vets in your area?
We are the only 100% small animal clinic in Galway City. We are an all-female staff and we are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care by treating each patient as if it were one of our own pets. We also do a lot of work with local charities, in particular Galway Cat Rescue. We have neutered hundreds of feral cats throughout Galway in an effort to reduce the suffering of the feral cat population.
How do you make your clients tails wag like crazy?
We use a lot of positive reinforcement and low stress handling techniques, especially for our nervous patients. This means lots of treats! We always do our best to ensure our patients have a positive experience when they visit us – we want our patients to enjoy a trip to the vet instead of dreading it.
Do you have any fancy awards that you want to tell us about?
We are currently undergoing assessment for approval of the ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic Award. This title is awarded to clinics who take steps to ensure that the often overlooked needs of cats are met, to ensure a stress free visit to the vet each time they come.
What is the ONE thing that your staff love most about taking care of animals?
Seeing an animal who was once suffering go home happy and healthy with their family is the most satisfying part of our job.