Introducing Our Practice Team 

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.


Fionnuala Garvey
Fionnuala Garvey
Veterinary Surgeon
MVB, CERT VR

Fionnuala has been crazy about animals all her life! She minded neighbours' pets as a child and spent every possible free minute on her cousin's dairy farm in Co. Mayo. She graduated from University College Dublin veterinary college in 1999, and worked in mixed practice in Co Wexford for 3 years, after which she went back to college to study for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Radiology. She is one of only a handful of Irish vets with this postgraduate qualification. She worked part-time in the Dublin Animal Emergency Clinic from December 2003 to August 2010, gaining invaluable experience and confidence dealing with out-of-hour emergencies. She established Blessington Pet Hospital in 2004. She loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, from complex medical cases to tricky surgeries, but she particularly enjoys dental procedures and xrays. She lives with her husband, son, and 2 mischievous black and white kittens called Nuts and Bolts. In her spare time she enjoys choral singing, reading and swimming.

Sarah McCully
Sarah McCully
Veterinary Surgeon
MVB

Sarah graduated from University College Dublin veterinary college in 1993, and went to work in South Wales in mixed practice, then on to Wolverhampton to a busy five-vet small animal hospital. Having gained valuable experience in the UK, she moved back to Ireland, and has worked mainly in small animal practice since. She enjoys gardening, badminton and a bit of pilates in her spare time. She lives with her husband, two teenager children, and her pets - Jack Russell terrier Sparky, cats Jojo, George and Alfie, and a small flock of hens. She works part-time in Blessington Pet Hospital, and really enjoys the variety of the work, and the company of her fantastic colleagues!

Tara O'Reilly
Tara O'Reilly
Veterinary Nurse
VN

Tara started her vet nursing career in Gloucester, England in 1992, graduated in 2004, and went on to become joint head nurse in that practice. She then moved to Ireland with her boyfriend in March 2013, together with her rescue cats Sage and Onion. Tara joined the Blessington Pet Hospital family in May 2015, and although she makes regular visits back to family and friends in Gloucester, she's here to stay! When she is not at work she is kept busy walking her gorgeous chocolate labrador Tuskar around the many picturesque walks of Blessington. She also makes the best homemade soup!

Fiona O'Brien
Fiona O'Brien
Veterinary Nurse
VN

Fiona has always had a keen interest in animals from an early age, which included chasing her sisters with spiders from the back garden! She studied nursing in Athlone Institute of Technology and qualified in 2008. She joined Blessington Pet Hospital in 2015. Her two dogs Muffin and Glenda come to work with her, and Glenda is the official practice guard dog, despite her pint-size! Her interests include music, make-up and movies.

Claire Lenehan
Claire Lenehan
Veterinary Nurse
VN

Claire began nursing in 2004 and qualified in 2007 from University College Dublin. Before joining us in 2014, she worked in a busy small animal hospital in Co. Kildare, and also spent a short time working in a small animal clinic in Australia. She lives in Blessington with her husband, two boys, pet cat Nacho and dog Luna. Her main nursing interests are anaesthesia, emergency care and canine behaviour.

Simba & Nala
Simba & Nala

We now have 2 new practice kittens. Photo attached. Bio - "The newbies, Simba and his sister Nala, arrived Oct 2018 and are proceeding to shred and rearrange the entire practice! They are rapidly learning the essential skills of meeting and greeting clients and pets, and of lying in the most inopportune of places (covering equipment vents and occupying client chairs in reception). They look forward to welcoming you to their kingdom.

Loolah & Fruitcake
Loolah & Fruitcake

The original bosses! Loolah and Fruitcake were adopted as 6 week old kittens by Fionnuala in August 2004 to become the Blessington Pet Hospital practice cats, and they have grown from shy kittens to the regal felines beloved of so many of our clients. They meet and greet, will occasionally permit demonstration of how to have medications administered/harnesses fitted/proper cat worshipping done, and have won over every work experience student during the past 13 years. And no, Fruitcake is not pregnant, he just loves his food!

Unfortunately we lost Loolah in May 2017 (aged 13) and Fruitcake in August 2018 (aged 14). We were heartbroken without our beloved cats, but we are honoured to have shared their lives and been loved by them.

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