A little about Ark Vets Galway

Ark Vets Galway is first and foremost a Companion Animal Veterinary Practice that helps family pets and is dedicated to the idea that healthy pets are happy pets. 

We are a team of people concerned for the welfare of animals and committed to quality care and kindness for our patients and clients at our 3 clinics in St Mary’s Rd, Knocknacarra and Oranmore. 

Over  70,000 cases have been treated in our clinics since we opened in 1976, so we have gained a lot of experience helping all kinds of family pets over that period. Ark Vets is also a Referral Practice offering our colleagues in other practices a centre locally where more specialised care is provided for complicated cases. 

More than 140 vets in the region refer patients to our practice trusting the expertise developed in dealing with large numbers of difficult cases over many years.

Consultations are available Monday to Saturday at the locations below.

Hours 830am - 6.00pm weekdays Sat 9.00am - 4.00pm. Sat hours Knocknacarra and Oranmore 9.00am - 1.00pm

Emergency out of hours available 24/7. Ring 091-584185  091-584185 / 510131

Locations for Ark Vets Galway

Ark Vets St Mary’s Rd (opposite St Mary’s College) 091 584185
Ark Vets Knocknacarra (at the back of B&Q) 091 510131
Ark Vets Oran Vet Clinic (behind the Maldron Hotel) 091 788270

Latest News  

Spring Newsletter 2017

  NEUTERING PROMOTION APRIL 2017. While great progress has been made in recent years, we still have a big problem with unwanted kittens and puppies in Ireland.  If you don’t intend to breed your pet, neutering is the responsible thing to do. Not only does neutering prevent unwanted pregnancies, it also dramatically reduces the risk of certain cancers. And remember, the breeding season for cats starts around now and continues through the summer and autumn.  A female cat could easily have two or more litters before the end of the breeding season, adding yet more hungry mouths to Galway’s booming feline population.  Every year veterinary clinics and rescue shelters have to deal with abandoned, unwanted kittens, often suffering with horrible cat-flu and heavy parasite burdens.  Such unnecessary suffering could be so easily avoided by neutering. For the month of April, we are offering 15% off surgical fees for neutering.   This special offer applies to males and females, cats and dogs. Surgeries will be carried out at our branch on St. Mary’s Road. Ring 091-584185 to make an appointment or if you have any queries about neutering. Ticks and how to deal with them. As we enter spring, it won’t be long before ticks start making a nuisance of themselves again. Ticks are eight-legged, blood sucking parasites which attach onto passing animals and bury their mouthparts into the skin.  They are very small when they attach, but slowly swell to the size of a pea or bean as they engorge themselves with blood. Thankfully we are free of many tick-borne diseases in Ireland, but Lyme disease (borreliosis) does occur here and is being recognised increasingly frequently. County Galway seems to be one of the hotspots. So it makes sense to be proactive about ticks.  Check your pet after walks, if you find a tick, it needs to be removed correctly. The safeway to remove a tick is with an O’TOM Tick Twister. They are quick and easy to use, the entire tick will be removed, and its mouthparts won’t be left embedded in the skin O’TOM Tick Twisters can be bought at reception in Ark Vets. If you feel too squeamish about handling these creepy-crawlies, call into one of our clinics and one of our nursing team can do it for you....


  • Susan Looby Cullinane — 5 star Great place and staff! The young vet came to our rescue one night it was after hours and no bothers to   him he was so nice to us and our jrt a life saver!! Monica Moniq — 5 star We left our baby Pip there last night for operation,James was very nice and...
  • If you are choosing a veterinary practice, Ark Vets is the one I would recommend. Here you (and your pet) are offered medical treatment of a reliable quality, and a full range of services is offered by a team of professional Vets. Caring staff, new equipment and helpful therapy - definitely, this is the vet clinic of my choice!
    Tom JoyceTom

    57 years

  • Fantastic service and really helpful and caring personnel. I was impressed by pleasant atmosphere and the general assistance. My vet offered my pet dog a very effective treatment and I could see significant improvement quickly. We followed all the prescriptions and now Scooby is back to full health. Greatly thankful to all the staff, and I would definitely recommend Ark Vets Galway to anyone with a pet in need.
    Maggie SammonMaggie Sammon

    32 years

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All of our vets are fully qualified and experienced, with a particular interest in treating pets. Two of our vets hold Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificates, one in Small Animal Medicine and one in Small Animal Surgery.



The clinic carries out routine radiology and more advanced diagnostic imaging such as myelograms and contrast X-rays, including contrast studies of joints, gastrointestinal tract and kidneys.



The clinic has its own in-house blood test machines. These give us rapid haematology, biochemistry and electrolyte results and allow for quick and accurate diagnosis.

Our Partners and Retired Partner

James Dunne

Veterinary Surgeon

After he qualified in 1998, James joined Ark in 2004 after six years working in small animal practice in England. He gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery by examination in 2005 and became a partner in 2009. Most of James' caseload is taken up with orthopaedics and he welcomes colleagues' queries or referrals. He is responsible for Personnel in the practice. His family has a Red Setter, a Springer Spaniel and a cat.

Martin O'Malley

Veterinary Surgeon

With a broad range of experience in domestic pets and farm animal practice, Martin joined Ark Vets Galway in February 2011 and became a partner in 2016.  He currently divides his time between our branch in St. Mary's Road and the Oran Veterinary Clinic. Martin has a strong interest in skin problems and clinical pathology.  He is the only vet in Ireland certified for PennHIP x-rays which are used to evaluate hip dysplasia in dogs.

Aidan Miller

Veterinary Surgeon

Having worked in UK after he qualified in 1992, Aidan joined Ark in 1995. He became a partner in 2001. He gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine by examination in 2001. Aidan's family have 2 dogs and a cat. He is in charge of clinical services. His caseload is mainly internal medicine and surgery cases and he is available if colleagues in other practices want to discuss or refer cases.

Seamus McManus

Veterinary Surgeon

Seamus qualified in 1973 and is one of the founding partners of the practice. He can be seen at our clinic in St Mary's Road. The family has a dog and 3 cats. Seamus has a special interest in the treatment of skin and ear conditions and in dental care. He also spends time at Practice Management. He is very proud of the Ark Vets Team.