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Our Riverview Veterinary Team

Gavin Russell Veterinary Surgeon and partner

Gavin Russell

Veterinary Surgeon and Partner

Gavin heads up the Bandon Companion animal clinic, and his patients adore him. Keeping abreast of new research and developments in veterinary science is a passion. He also holds the certificate in Small Animal Medicine. When not at work he loves the great outdoors and is a BBQ master, much to his family’s delight. Apart from road trips with the family and relaxing with Oliver Twist and Millie (2 rescue cats) he loves pottering about in the garden where his pride and joy, a Monkey Puzzle Tree, has been named ‘spikey’ Bob by the kids.

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Willie Buckley

Veterinary Surgeon and Managing Partner

Willie was born and reared on a dairy farm about a mile away from our Bandon clinic. He qualified from UCD in 1994 and since then has worked in Northern Ireland, Wales, the Hebrides, New Zealand amongst others and acquired additional qualifications in Diary Herd Health. . His professional interests are mastitis and surgery. As well as being an active Farm Animal Vet and managing partner of Riverview and a family man, he is a member of Cellcheck Technical Working Group of AHI and is also one of founder member of XLVETS Ireland which we set up with 5 other practices in 2009. 

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Michael Secton

Veterinary Surgeon and Managing Partner

Michael qualified as a vet in 1992. His first job was in mixed practice in East Cork/West Waterford and in 1993 he returned “home” to Riverview, while also spending a year in mainly equine practice outside Sydney in Australia. Whilst continuing to work in general farm animal practice he specializes in bovine abdominal surgery, fertility and infectious diseases of cattle.

He has previously worked in embryo transfer (ET), ovum pick up (OPU) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) areas of bovine reproduction and completed a Masters in Viral epidemiology.

Currently he is involved in Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and is a member pf both the BVD and the Biosecurity technical working groups (TWG).

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Carl McAuliffe

Veterinary Surgeon and Partner


Carl is from Cloyne and is head of our Ballincollig Hospital. He’s a partner and also leads our surgical referral service Riverview Referrals. Carl graduated from UCD in 1999 and spent the first 10 years of his career in the UK working in referral practice where he trained and gained his expertise in advanced surgery. He then returned home to Cork and started a surgical referral service in Douglas and then later brought his skills and referral service to Riverview Ballincollig where he now runs our state of the art trauma hospital aided by his amazing team of nurses, vets and support staff . 

Carl receives referral orthopaedic, spinal and soft tissue surgical cases from vets throughout Munster and occasionally further afield , as well as Riverview’s own complex trauma / surgical cases.

At all times Carl is assisted by his dog Fia. She’s a precocious and irresistibly cute Collie that was rescued by the wonderful Munster Lost and Found charity. Fia loves greeting all of our lovely clients and engaging in consensual butt sniffing with their lovely pets. Carl & Fia are inseparable and if not at work or at home on his farm, they can be found in the Ballincollig Regional park scaring the natives. 

 
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Maria Van-Lenth

Small Animal Vet
Kinsale

Maria graduated firm Ghent University in Belgium in 2021. She worked in a small practice in the Netherlands for a year before coming to the practice. Maria loves being a vet for the variety of animals she sees on a daily bases and the creativity the animals sometimes require! When not at work Maria loves to lounge on the couch with her lazy staffie Vera. She also enjoys yoga, hiking and going on adventures, especially when they involve motorbikes or camping.

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Joanne Coughlan

Veterinary Surgeon
Carrigaline

Joanne studied Veterinary in UCD and graduated in 2007. She has worked in the UK, Australia, and finally settled in Cork. She has a keen interest in feline medicine and diagnostic imaging. Joanne loves working with the team in Carrigaline and has been there since 2013. At home, Joanne is kept busy with three children, a husband, a cat, two guinea pigs and Susan her dog, who is well-known to clients at Riverview in Carrigaline. Joanne’s hobbies include Tennis, Bikram yoga and eating out when she has the time.

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Aisling O'Keeffe

Veterinary Surgeon
 Carrigaline

Aisling is our cat expert (although she is an experienced vet with all animals) having worked in a cat only clinic before joining us. She has recently become a Fear Free Vet and is also our Feline Behaviour expert. In 2020 she wrote a book called Minding Mittens which aims to educate children on cat care. When not at work her family and pets(which includes rescued guinea pigs and chickens) keep her busy.

 

 

 

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Kieran Hinds

Veterinary Surgeon
 Carrigaline

Kieran graduated from UCD in 2019 and is a recent addition to the Riverview Carrigaline team as part of the Intern Programme. He is enthusiastic about all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and is developing a keen interest in small animal surgery. He’s passionate about all animals and is humbled daily by what he learns from clients and their pets. In his spare time he enjoys Beekeeping and creating Art.

 

 

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Samantha Coomey

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse
Carrigaline

Samantha has been with us since she qualified in 2018 and loves the clinic’s working environment. She has a keen interest in surgical nursing and patient recovery. Samantha has a great rapport with all our clients and enjoys building relations with them. If work doesn’t keep her fit and active her love of basketball, camogie and sea swimming certainly do. As if that isn’t enough she and Brody her 13 year old Jack Russell love walks in the park and plenty of cuddles. 

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Craig Fairbairn

Large Animal Veterinarian

Craig is a Yorkshireman who graduated from University of Bristol in 2016 and went straight into farm animal practice in the midland in the UK, where he worked for 3 years before going out to New Zealand to work as a dairy vet whilst travelling the country for nearly three years. As a vet he enjoys the interaction with clients, the ‘office’ he gets to work in and the satisfaction in improving the welfare of the animals he treats- whether it is a calving or lame cows. Out of work, Craig enjoys travelling the world and going on hikes. 

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Mena Griffin

Registered Veterinary Nurse
 Carrigaline

Mena has recently returned to Ireland from living and working in the UK. Mena has many years of experience in veterinary nursing which shows in her work ethic. Mena loves that every day is different allowing her to meet new people and animals, as well as always learning new skills. When not at work she relaxes with arts and crafts and spending time with her rescue cat Rua. Mena relishes the outdoors including walks on the beach, she also practices yoga.

 

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Isobel Bergan

 Registered Veterinary Nurse
Carrigaline

Izzy joined the team as an intern after finishing her studies, having come to Cork from Kilkenny. Thankfully she loves the Cork lifestyle as well as the Clinic environment and has decided to stay, even though she has had to leave behind Lila and Bailey the family dogs. In her spare time she enjoys running and exploring Cork city and the lovely surrounding area as well as going up-country to visit the folks. Having spent the last few years studying hard she is looking forward to putting all that learning into practice.

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Catriona Lynch

Registered Veterinary Nurse
 Carrigaline

Catriona grew up on a small farm and always had a great love for animals. From a very young age she would help out with the sheep on the farm, morning, noon and night. The one bit of advice she received from her primary school principal when leaving was to stay away from the animals and focus hard in secondary school. Guess she had other ideas! She has two beautiful dogs, Lexi a miniature schnauzer and Cooper a wire fox terrier who both have the patience of a saint with her three little girls. The whole family enjoy walking and swimming whenever they get a chance.

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Angela Falvey

Receptionist 
 Carrigaline

Angela joined Riverview in November 2020 as receptionist. She has vast experience in all types of retail and customer service roles. She relishes the client interactions and her bubbly personality keeps a smile on everyone’s face. She loves to be organized and keeps the clinic running smoothly. When Angela has a break from work, she likes to snuggle up with two small dogs, Dex and Lola. Between running after her rugby son or her golfing husband, if she has time she enjoys shopping and catching up with friends and family

 

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Cliona O'Mahony

 Veterinary Surgeon
Ballincollig

Cliona has a passion for all animals large and small and while based at our Ballincollig Clinic you may just find her out on a farm tending to a cow’s health needs. The variety of animal clients keeps her busy and when not at works she loves running and spending time with her ‘animal niece’ Asia a lovely collie cross that adores spending time with her human auntie.

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Sonya Brady

 Veterinary Surgeon
Ballincollig

Sonya loves her job because as a vet she has the opportunity to optimise her patient’s health and wellbeing, working in an environment where everyone is really passionate about the welfare of the pets that come to the clinic ensures she wants to be at work. Her hobby is running and family life which includes a tabby cat called Rory. He used to be a stray cat but now he is a committed house cat who loves all his home comforts, of which he has plenty.

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Conor Carroll

Veterinary Surgeon
 Ballincollig

Connor is currently on RVG’s intern programme having recently qualified. He is extremely happy with his career choice because he is able to improve lives every day. Not just those of his patients, but of the families they are a very important part of. When not at work he lives with three dogs – 2 springers and a lab – and two mischievous cats. When he gets a chance he loves to read and will give any book a try if it seems interesting enough.

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Rebecca Rourke

Registered  Veterinary Nurse
Ballincollig

Rebecca leads the nursing team in Ballincollig and loves all aspects of nursing but in particular anaesthesia and nursing critical patients, which as Ballincollig is our orthopaedic and referral clinic she gets to do a lot of!  When not at work she plays camogie, enjoys walking her dogs and cycling. This lady likes to keep fit! She shares her home with 5 elderly dogs. Maggie-Border terrier, Zeus-Lurcher, Buddie – Golden Retriever, Harper & Hollie – Border/Rough Collies who all adore her. 

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Kayleigh Cronin

Registered Veterinary Nurse
Ballincollig

Kayleigh doesn’t have any pets right now but the ones that she sees at work every day make up for that. Her dream is to eventually have her own little pack to take on adventures. She loves all aspects of her job especially nursing our critical patients back to health and reuniting them with their owners. When not working alongside the fantastic team that she is part of, she likes the great outdoors and relaxes by kayaking, hiking and swimming.

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Evelyn Coleman

  Veterinary Surgeon
Clonakilty

Evelyn loves her job so much we have to remind her to go home! When she does, Jenny her young setter likes to keep her busy with beach and forest walks. To really relax she plays tag rugby and referees between Jenny and Joleen (her rescue cat) who have a love /hate relationship with each other.

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Mary Hayes

Receptionist 
Clonakilty

Mary works with Farmers and Pet owners and loves the friendly environment that she works in. Mary is the Clinic’s ‘go to person’ and will turn her hand to whatever is needed. When not at work she loves to relax by reading and eating, so good news that the two often go together! Milo (her 10year old cocker spaniel) who thinks he is the king of the castle, but really its Muggle the cat, love to curl up with her.

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Catherine O'Neill

Receptionist 
Clonakilty

Catherine takes over on Friday when Mary is off and loves her time with our clients both Farming and pets who are all happy to see her. She may only be part-time but she is a valued member of the Clonakilty Team. To relax her dog Ronnie and cat Dexter (who get on great together) both keep her company on her walks although on some of her more arduous hikes Dexter stays at home!

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Fiona McQuaid

  Veterinary Surgeon
Kinsale

Fiona is originally from Co Armagh and has been living in Co. Cork and working with Riverview for almost 14 years. Home is just outside Kinsale and shared with her husband and 2 kids Aidan and Alice along with their cat Bob. Being based in the Kinsale branch in Riverview means she really enjoys how living and working locally means she gets a chance to know our clients and their pets both inside and outside of work. To relax she enjoys outdoor life and any chance she gets she is outside walking or running. 

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Jim Kelleher

Veterinary Surgeon
Bandon

Jim’s main interest is animal welfare and any new developments in veterinary medicine and practice as well as surgery. He has additional qualifications in Dairy Herd Health. Jim loves the physicality of being a vet and the daily challenges of working as a farm animal vet. His professional specialities include Cattle lameness, its prevention and treatment. Housing and cattle management systems, that particularly relate to improved animal welfare on farms. As his name suggests he came from over Macroom way but has been settled in West cork for nearly 50 years.

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Aili Gerz

Veterinary Surgeon
Bandon

Aili works across the whole RVG client base and clinics and is happy to see all creatures small and large. She has additional qualifications in Dairy Herd Health. She likes her job because every day is different and she considers it a privilege to be trusted to look after clients’ loved family members and prized stock. When not at work she enjoys parkour, sketching and collecting skulls. As to her own pets – she likes them all as long as they come warm-blooded and in 2-4 leg variety.

 

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Grainne Grainger

Registered  Veterinary Nurse
Bandon

Grainne did all her study placements with us in the Bandon Clinic, came as an intern and is now a valued member of the Clonakilty Team. She is in her element when puppies and kittens come for their first visits and begin their journey through life with us. Taking on orphans and feeding them up, every 2 hours if necessary, so that they can find their forever home is one of her many hobbies. Others include kayaking and hiking with her 5 dogs, who range in size from small terrier to a Husky.

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Sarah Power

Registered Veterinary Nurse
Bandon

Sarah knows that Veterinary Nursing has endless opportunities for growth, as well as being rewarding. While she enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing she has a keen interest in behaviour and rehabilitation. When not at work  she potters about with a horse named Laddy who’s a gentle soul and a shetland called Charlene that’s full of sass. Last year she rescued a dog named Lady who needed a forever home after some serious surgical issues. While she’s a dote, she holds her own with the other member of Sarah’s household an American Bully named Zeus who’s full of character and mischief.

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Emily Crowley

TB Testing
Bandon

Emily is part of the Farm animal team and organises all the TB testing. Her other passion in life is Rugby. Having played competitively for 13 years she now coaches the underage team. As well as coaching others she really enjoys learning new skills herself. Emily is a fantastic baker and we all enjoy trying her cake recipes, which Sam, a golden retriever, who has been the loyal family pet for over 9 years cannot.

 

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Tim O'Driscoll

Farm Shop Manager 
Bandon

There is not a lot Tim can’t help you with, if you need Farm supplies. Tim is enthusiastic about his work because it is one of the lynchpins to healthy animals on the Farm. While his job doesn’t often allow him to work directly with our animal clients he does enjoy working with all the farmers that RVG supports. When not at work he loves hiking with Sammy his 5 year old collie cross and listening to all kinds of music.

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Ruben Rose

Office Manager 
Bandon

Ruben’s is the friendly voice that most clients recognise when phoning in for veterinary advice for farm animals. The big plus for his day at work is working with amazing clients and a great work team. While his day is focused on farm animals at home however, he lives in a cat household each with their own wonderful personalities. They might try their luck when he is cooking but leave him to play all the sports he loves with other humans

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Siobhan Zuk-Russell

Finance Officer
Bandon

Siobhan is our go to person when we need something, if anyone can find it she can! Siobhan loves cooking and family time and if that includes surprising the kids with new experiences all the better. Home includes 3 adorable cats one of which is Ginger who at 11 years old thinks he is half human and the family agree.

 

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Jacqui Henderson

HR Manager 
Bandon

Jacqui moved to Ireland 9 years ago and loves living in West Cork. Her home is always full of rescue cats and dogs who enjoying living with her and being spoilt. Jacqui loves the mix of people and animals that her job with us gives and we can rely on her to bring new and different ideas for us all to think about.

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Susan Handel

Posh Pets Groomer 
Kinsale

Susan is a happy dog mum of two mischievous terriers.

She’s always been passionate about working with dogs, in particular dog grooming.Susan has decades of experience as a professional dog groomer and a show dog handler, giving her a wealth of knowledge in the canine industry.

When it comes to taking great care of clients that choose Poshpets Kinsale, Susan makes it her business to make sure everything is done right and to the best of her ability, because she cares.

 

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Flower Vajter

Posh Pets Groomer
Bandon

Flower is passionate about dogs and likes nothing more that discussing new styles with the owner that would suit the dog’s coat condition and lifestyle and allows her to be creative. When not at work or pampering her own dogs (a border collie, a Kerry Blue and Corgix)  she loves researching new grooming techniques. Roller-skating, jogging and long hikes in the lovely West Cork landscape is how she relaxes.

 

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Judi Downey

Posh Pets Groomer 
Ballincollig

Judi’s clients rely on her to keep their pets looking and feeling great. The pampered pooches love the care she takes in making sure they enjoy the experience, which they must do as they keep on coming back! When not at work Judi enjoys extreme sports such as paragliding and wild swimming and has a home aviary of wonderful birds to keep her company. Coming into work is home from home for her and the rest of the team love the way she mothers them and is already ready with a cup of tea for anyone in need.

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Laura Duggan

Registered Veterinary Nurse

 

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Padraig Slattery

Padraig Slattery Certified Public Accountant CPA

Padraig is the Riverview Financial Controller, few can remember a time when he was not here and everyone appreciates his honesty. Padraig has a solid understanding of the Veterinary business and keeps everyone on track, he is one of the key problem solvers that RVG has. Padraig makes sure that all the medical staff have access to the technology and equipment they need to take care of all our clients and patients and while they take care of them, he is busy in the background ensuring our legal and financial obligations are met. Currently he has no pets and his ‘little ladies’ at home keep him busy, so between RVG and his daughters he has no time for hobbies!

 

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Chloe Gibson

Small Animal Veterinarian 

Chloe decided to change her career when she got her Cat Boo. At a young age he started showing signs of needing additional support. He’s now blind at 5 years old and suffers from mild neurological issues. 

Chloe hopes to start her ISFM Feline Diploma next year to specialise in cats, as she has years of experience working with them before joining Riverview. 
Chloe loves her job because it’s challenging and every case is different, seeing the results is rewarding. 

Besides working with animals, Chloe enjoys hiking and exploring in Ireland on weekends, water sports and thrifting in charity shops.  

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Ciara Walker

Farm Animal Veterinarian

 

Ciara always wanted to be a vet because she loves helping animals, Ciara enjoys being outdoors for work and she likes the unpredictability of her day-to-day schedule.

 Outside of work, Ciara loves reading, hiking and knitting. She has two lurchers, Maisie and Ziggy, nine pet sheep – Sadie, Addison, Abhann, Lucy, Tilly, Scotty, Lee, Raoghnailt and Caora -, and two horses, Africa and Ellie.

 

 

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