Kevin Maher

Partner, MVB GP Cert (Cardio) MRCVS

Kevin graduated in 1982 from UCD and worked in New Ross for 3 years before joining his father Kevin Maher Snr’s practice in Athy in 1985. Kevin worked mostly with large animals for 10 years, until the small animal practice grew steadily from the mid-nineties. He has a special interest in diagnostic imaging, (including radiology and ultrasound scanning) and cardio-respiratory conditions, Kevin achieved a certificate in cardiology in 2012. With a multitude of associated relevant courses attended mostly abroad, and a wealth of experience in soft tissue surgery and challenging medical cases, Kevin thrives on the challenges of day to day veterinary practice. He is married to Gillian, with 4 boys and they have a Basset hound called Millie, making life busy at home as well as in work.

Andrew Doona

Partner, MVB GP Cert (SAS) MRCVS

Andrew is originally from a mixed farm in Co. Kerry. He studied Veterinary Medicine in UCD and qualified in 1992. He spent 2 years working in Tipperary in mixed practice before moving to London where he gained valuable experience in small animal and equine practices. He returned to Ireland in 1997, where he gained partnership with Kevin Maher. He is an enthusiastic and progressive vet and has enjoyed expanding and developing the practice over the years. He achieved the GP Cert in Small animal surgery in 2011. He particularly enjoys surgery both small and large animal and excels at orthopaedic surgery, where he keeps up to date with all the latest techniques by attending seminars and courses when his busy schedule allows. Outside of work, Andrew does the occasional triathlon, plays soccer, cuts the grass and provides a taxi service to his three children!

Tom Spillane

Partner, MVB Cert(CSM) MRCVS

Tom graduated from UCD in 1992 and having gained much valuable experience working in a variety of practices both small and mixed practice in Ireland and UK. He gained partnership with Kevin and Andrew in 1998. He completed a post-graduate certificate in Canine Sports Medicine in 2010. He endeavors to provide a competent, thorough and professional service in a friendly atmosphere to all our clients. He is from Limerick and is married with four children. His interests outside work include sport, sport and well – more sport!

Aisling O’Brien DVM

Veterinary Surgeon

Aislin hails from West Clare. She graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2012. Aisling has a keen interest in small animal internal medicine. In her spare time, she likes to keep fit, likes reading, listening to music and going to the cinema.

Natasha Tannian DVM

Natasha is from Co, Galway and qualified in 2014 from Szent Istvan University Budapest. Natasha started in Vetcare in 2015 and has a keen interest in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Herd Health.

Eamonn Sheehan MVB

Eamonn graduated from UCD in 2018 and worked for 2 years in a mixed practice in Monaghan, before moving to Athy in 2020. He hails from Limerick and is an avid hurler, animal lover and fond of the craic.


Mairead Coleman


Mairead graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing from UCD in 2013. She started her career in Tipperary where she spent three and a half years before joining Vetcare in January 2017. She enjoys all aspects of nursing especially surgical nursing and running nurse clinics especially weight management clinics. Back home in Lismore, Co, Waterford, she enjoys helping on the family farm, hill walking and catching up with the GAA.

Emma Twamley


Emma qualified from Dundalk IT with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2015 and started working in VetCare right away. She has also completed a Pet Health Councilor course. You’ll find her mostly in our Athy clinic, but she also works in our Carlow clinic. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially radiology and surgical nursing. Most of her spare time is spent with her horse Brooke, with whom she competes at A.I.R.C/Riding Club events.

Leslie Stanley


Leslie has worked in Vetcare Athy as Receptionist since 2007. Her job (arguable the most difficult of all our roles!) is one of a juggling act managing a busy reception desk and shop and uses all her expertise reassuring many an anxious client when “Fluffy” is unwell. She originally came from Rathdowney, and having lived and worked in Dublin for 14 years returned to live in Co. Laois where she now lives with her husband and two kids. In her spare time, she likes to read, swim and go jogging.

Marie Cahill

Professional Groomer

Marie is from Co. Laois, near Castlecomer but now lives in Timahoe, Co Laois. She joined the Vetcare team in August 2016, having completed her Fetac Level 5 in Animal Care and Fetac Level 6 in Animal Science in Carlow IT. She comes from a farming background and has always had a passion for animals, especially horses. Marie also has a degree in Business and Equine from Athlone Institute of Technology and worked as a show jumping groom for over two years. At the weekends she enjoys nothing more than chilling out with her two Bernese Mountain dogs, ‘Lucy’ and ‘Ruben’ or out on her horse ‘Annie May’.

Tricia Mc Donagh


Tricia is the longest standing member of the practice having first started working with Kevin Maher Snr. in the original clinic. She learned from him that attention to detail was paramount and tries to apply that in her work. She has tried her hand at every part of work at the clinic and has seen changes in the practice over years. Accounts are now her primary role. She qualified as an Accounting Technician in 2005 and payroll Technician in 2006.

Linda Langton


Linda lives in Barrowhouse outside Athy. She joined the practice in 2005 and works alongside Tricia in the accounts department in the Athy Branch., looking after the accounts payable section. Although she is rarely seen by our clients, as she works in the back office, if you listen carefully at reception you may be able to hear her infectious laughter and good humour!

Pamela Stacey


Pamela works in admin in the Vetcare Athy covering reception and TB testing administration. She qualified with a degree in Agriculture from UCD and subsequently worked in ruminant research and large animal veterinary practice in Meath. She has two rescue cats, “Garfield” and “Mr. Marm”. Her interests are wildlife photography and all things equine, especially spending her free time with her horse “Jack”.

Carol Cullen


Carol comes from Athy. She has been part of the Vetcare team for the past 12 years both in Athy and more recently in Rathcoole. She graduated in 2011 from Athlone IT with a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Nursing). She has a special interest in canine behaviour and has a pack of nine dogs from Chihuahuas (Patch & Stella) to a Newfoundland (Gus)

Gemma Campion


Gemma is originally from Athy and has worked with Vetcare Athy since 2005 although occasionally covers in our other branches. She has been nursing since 2001 and graduated from St. Johns College Cork with a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care. She has completed a Pet Health Councilor course and enjoys advising clients about nutrition and general care of their pets during our nurse clinics. She enjoys all aspects of nursing including medical and surgical nursing. She loves to travel and has worked as a nurse during her time in Australia. She has a rescue dog and two cats, which initially came in to the clinic abandoned.


Andrina Lyons


She has worked with Vetcare Portlaoise for 9 years now after leaving a government job in Dublin to pursue a career with animals. She graduated from UCD as a Veterinary Nurse. She knows many of our clients on a personal level. She loves interacting with ours clients and has a particularly keen interest in animal welfare. On days off I like to take my rescue shepherds ‘Rheben’ and ‘Roxie’ on long walks in the countryside. I love to run and recently have taken up gardening. I like arts and crafts projects such as drawing and painting and upcycling furniture.

Stephanie Foyle

Professional Pet Groomer

Stephanie grew up in Ballinakill, Co. Laois and later moved to Portlaoise itself. Having been around animals all her life it was not difficult to decide that a career working with animals was for her. She studied Animal Care and Science in Carlow Institute of Further Education. It was here she practiced and studied grooming and loves transforming and pampering dogs on a daily basis. She has been the resident groomer with Vetcare Portlaoise since 2014. She enjoys seeing the happy faces of her regular clients. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with and training her Border Collie ‘Ellie’ and visiting different area of the country and seeing new sites.

Rachel Palmer RVN

Rachel studied Veterinary Nursing in Athlone Institute of Technology and graduated in 2017. Rachel joined the Vetcare team in December 2018. She became interested in veterinary nursing as she has had a wide range of pets from ferrets to chickens to horses. She enjoys all aspects of nursing. During the weekend, she plays rugby with the Portlaoise ladies rugby team.


Lorraine Dowty


Lorraine qualified as a Veterinary Nurse through the RCVS in 1992. She attained her equine and management certificates whilst working referral practice in the UK for 12 years. She enjoys teaching and has worked as a full-time lecturer at Bershire Agricultural College in the UK. She loves critical care, feline behaviour and geriatric nursing in particular. She has worked in VetCare Carlow since 2003. She is happily married to Jason and has two boys, along with 3 hairy babies Scoobie, Bessie & Poppy! For fun​, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Marie Ayers

Professional Pet Groomer

Marie is our resident pet Groomer in Vetcare Carlow. She has 14 years experience in grooming, 12 of which has been spent working with the Vetcare team. She very much enjoys her job and nothing satisfies her more than spending hours working on a neglected coat and making it look beautiful again and the reaction from the pet’s owner when they see their pets amazing transformation.

Rita Lyons


Rita is busy in every area of the practice from animal care to making the practice sparkle! Her attention to detail, high energy, and bubbly personality gels the team, as she goes that extra mile for our patients. We believe that every practice should have a Rita!

Lesley Dowley


Lesley’s compassion for animals and people is heartwarming and inspiring. She is a great communicator and her reassuring smile and listening ear are INVALUABLE to both our clients and team. Her kind and fun-loving personality can brighten up anyone’s day!


Fiona Nolan

Professional Pet Groomer

Fiona is our groomer in Vetcare Rathcoole since 2014. She graduated from Bray Institute of Technology with a Certificate in Animal Science and Management. She is passionate about animal welfare and has four dogs, three cats and a bearded dragon.

Aoibheann O’Sullivan


Aoibheann is from West Clare. Aoibheann Studied in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and graduated in 2019. She then went on to complete her honours in Emergency and Critical care in Letterkenny Institute of Technology before joining our team in July 2020. Aoibheann loves all things cats and has one fur baby of her own called Fergus. In her spare time, she plays rugby and enjoys an occasional hike.