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MEET OUR

SMALL ANIMAL 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.

VETS

Michael Reilly MVB

Michael Reilly MVB

Michael graduated from UCD in 1988 and joined the practice in 1991. He also is a keen farmer near Delvin where he breeds cows and pedigree sheep.

His main interest is bovine fertility but enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Michael lives outside Kells with his wife Anne, three children and three dogs.

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Ciaran Mellett MVB

Ciaran graduated from UCD in 1992. He then completed a one-year small animal internship in UCD veterinary hospital. Afterwards he joined the practice in 1992. Ciaran is a member of Animal Health Ireland which is an important part of farm animal disease prevention in Ireland.

He has recently completed a two-year companion animal medicine course. He is also a keen sheep farmer. Ciaran lives in Navan with his wife Lorraine, four children and their dog.

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Donal Donnelly BVMS

Donal graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2000. He took up a position in Northern Ireland in mixed practice until the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak of 2001 in England where he worked for nine months. Since then, Donal has worked in various practices including New Zealand until he joined the practice in 2003.

Donal has a keen interest in companion animal and equine veterinary but enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Donal lives outside Kells with his wife Grainne, daughter, son and dog Jinty.

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Grainne Lally MVB Cert VA

Grainne graduated from UCD in 2002. Since then she has worked in Dublin in various companion animal practice where she obtained a RCVS certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia.

She joined the practice in 2011 and works solely with companion animals. Grainne enjoys horse riding in her spare time. She lives outside Kells with her husband Donal, daughter, son, and dog Jinty.

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Maria Sherlock MVB

Maria qualified from UCD in 1993 and commenced work in a large dairy practice in Bandon, West Cork. Four years later she returned to UCD as a Clinical Lecturer in Large Animal Medicine where she completed an MVM. This was followed by four years in mixed practices in Athboy and in Cavan. The following four years were spent as a locum in small animal practice in Dublin before returning home to Athboy for a further six and a half years. Maria then worked as a locum again in Dublin for a couple of years and started working with Smith and Foley in January 2016.

Maria enjoys both small animal and farm animal practice. She has a cat called Pixie and a dog called Monty.

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Amy Ryan MVB

Amy is a native of Co. Tipperary. She graduated from University College Dublin in June 2019. She joined the Smith and Foley team in August 2019.

Amy comes from an agricultural background. She enjoys the variety of working with both small and large animals on a daily basis. In her spare time, she can be found walking her dog, working on her family farm and spending time with friends.

NAVAN

VETERINARY NURSES

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Shauna Carroll RVN

Shauna is a 2013 Veterinary Nursing graduate form Athlone Institute of Technology. She has previously worked in a small animal veterinary practice in Monaghan and joined Advanced Pet Care in December 2015.

Shauna is from Carrickmacross in Co. Monaghan and enjoys spending time with family, friends and her animals in her spare time.

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Alisha Fitzpatrick BSc VN RVN

Alisha is from Collinstown in Co. Westmeath. She joined Advanced Pet Care, Smith and Foley in early January 2017. Alisha studied at University College Dublin where she achieved a BSc (hons) in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. She comes from a farming background and since a very young age has wanted to pursue a career within Veterinary Medicine.

Alisha is interested in all aspects of veterinary nursing and finds it a very rewarding career. Alisha has 2 dogs and 3 cats which keeps her very busy outside of work. She enjoys Irish dancing, playing music and performing in shows in her free time.

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Alex Fitzpatrick VN RVN

Alex qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 from Napier University, Edinburgh.  Following several years working in Australia she returned home and joined Advanced Pet Care in April 2018.  Her areas of interest include emergency/critical care and pathology.  Outside of work, she is kept busy with her son, Tonks the Samoyed and Daphne the cat.

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VETERINARY NURSES

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Alisha Fitzpatrick BSc VN RVN

Alisha is from Collinstown in Co. Westmeath. She joined Advanced Pet Care, Smith and Foley in early January 2017. Alisha studied at University College Dublin where she achieved a BSc (hons) in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. She comes from a farming background and since a very young age has wanted to pursue a career within Veterinary Medicine.

Alisha is interested in all aspects of veterinary nursing and finds it a very rewarding career. Alisha has 2 dogs and 3 cats which keeps her very busy outside of work. She enjoys Irish dancing, playing music and performing in shows in her free time.

KELLS & NAVAN

SUPPORT STAFF

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Olivia Fox Murphy - Reception

My name is Olivia Fox Murphy and I am from Carnaross, Kells. I have been working in Smith and Foley for thirty years. I love animals especially dogs, cats and foxes. Our house is called Fox’s Den also. I love reading and I am currently a member of a book club and have been for the last 5 years. I love walking and meeting up with my friends. I am married and have two sons who are involved in a lot of activities which keep me and them busy.

Aideen Coyle

Aideen Coyle - Reception

Aideen is from Kilmessan. She joined the practice at Advanced Pet Care in 2011. She has always had a love and an affinity for all animals large and small including lots of rescues of stoats, crows, jackdaws, hares as well as the odd hedgehog or 3. She also has her own menagerie of animals with 5 dogs, a cat and horses.

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Kathleen Newman - Reception

Kathleen joined the practice in 1974 so she has been part of the furniture for the past forty six years. She is married to Denis who is a dairy farmer just outside Kells. They have six children. She is part of a large GAA family who are all involved in their local club Kilmainham GFC. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys walking and shopping.

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Yurek Karpinski - Accounts

Yurek joined the team in 2004. He has a postgraduate diploma in Accounting from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) as well as an Executive Master of Public and Business Management from the same university. Yurek worked as a Town Clerk in the City Council in The Department of Agriculture in Poland before coming to Ireland.

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Claire Garry - Animal Care Assistant

Claire is from Delvin, Co. Westmeath. She joined our team in March 2016. Having come from an agricultural background, she has a great interest in farm animal health. Claire enjoys all aspects of the job from helping out with small animal patients, to getting out on farm with the vets. Claire is a huge animal lover and always makes time for a cuddle with the furry patients. She has a cat called Molly and a dog called Rossy. In her spare time she likes to help out on her home farm, she also enjoys going for runs, and going for a hack on her horse.

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Mary Hyland - Animal Care Assistant

Mary is from Fordstown. She has been with Smith and Foley since 2002. When Mary is not in the practice she is kept busy at home on her own farm with her cattle and horses. She enjoys horse riding and walking with her 2 dogs.

GET IN CONTACT WITH US

Everyone at Smith and Foley 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.