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Our Practice: A Little Bit of History

Ark Veterinary Clinic was founded in 1976 by David Fitzgerald and Seamus McManus. The practice treated all species of animals, including cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and domestic pets until December 31st 2014 when David Fitzsgerald retired and the Farm Animal Practice was taken over by our colleagues in Glenina Vet Clinic. All our vets are highly experienced (between the five of us we have over 110 years of experience!) and we put your animal’s welfare first – every time. 


Aidan Miller

Veterinary Surgeon

Having qualified in 1992,  Aidan joined Ark in 1995. He became a partner in 2001. Aidan gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Small Animal Medicine by examination in 2001. He is in charge of clinical services, ensuring the highest standards of practice and welfare are maintained. Aidan treats difficult medical and ophthalmic cases and is available for consultation from colleagues in other practices.

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. James is responsible for treating orthopaedic and spinal cases, as well as other involved surgical diseases. He is also available to advise colleagues in other practices.

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.

Our Dedicated Nursing Team

Irene Madden B.Sc VN, RVN

Irene is a fully qualified veterinary nurse. She joined Ark Vets in 2008, having completed her nursing degree in Athlone IT in the same year. She is a Galway girl and hails from a small village in near Ballinasloe. Irene comes from a farming background and has always had a love for animals. She loves working with them on a day to day basis and continues this work at home. She has two dogs, 'Daisy', a six month old. Border Collie and 'Sally', a terrier cross which she rescued six years ago from Ark Vets. She also has two cats. Nine year old 'Felix' who is also a rescue and 'Shelly' which she got for her birthday seventeen years ago!! Irene is mostly based in Ark Vets Knocknacarra.

Sheila Quinn RVN

Sheila joined us at Ark vets in September 2011. Shes orginally from Garrafrauns, a small village outside Dunmore, Co. Galway. She qualified as a nurse in September 2011 but has been working in the veterinary area since 1999 and worked in practices in Dublin, Cork, Tuam and Australia whist backpacking a few years ago. She has always had a love of animals and has pulled a few "all nighters" looking after abandoned kittens that needed to be bottle fed and also pulls a lot of early mornings when she helps out at home on the farm!!

Louise Beamish RVN

Louise is one of our veterinary nurses based in our St. Mary’s Road Clinic. She graduated in 2011 from St. John’s College in Cork.  Louise is originally from Dromore , Bantry in west cork. After working for a year in a Vet clinic in Dunmanway, She moved to Galway when she joined our team in August 2012.

Nathalie Cadas RVN

From Spain, Nathalie is a qualified vet nurse & qualified in 2013 from St Johns College Cork. Nathalie has worked in Ark since 2007. She has a special interest in providing health care advice to our overweight patients and also runs a weight watcher clinic.

Aoife Mullane RVN

Aoife is a veterinary nurse based at Ark Vets Knocknacarra. Aoife is a mother of one and is an owner of one beautiful Labrador cross called Molly. Aoife is originally from Moycullen and now lives in Craughwell. Aoife feels she was destined to become a veterinary nurse and started studying nursing in Athlone IT and qualified in 2009. Aoife has worked at Ark Vets for nearly 4 years and that passion to help sick animals is still burning brightly.

Susan Cooke RVN
Susan has been working at Ark Vets Knocknacarra since December 2012. She graduated from St John’s Central College Cork as a RVN in 2011.Orginally from the city, has moved to Ballyglunin to embrace country life. When she is not working Susan likes to spend time looking after her Broodmares and Connemara ponies. Her special interests here at Ark Vets are theatre nursing and post-operative care of orthopaedic patients.

Liz Shaughnessy RVN

Liz has been working with Ark Vets since May 2015. Liz competed her veterinary nursing degree in Athlone AIT in 2012. Liz is our head Receptionist & leads our client care team in our Knocknacarra practice. Liz is a Mayo girl & comes from a farming background, she has her own 4 legged friend, Alfie a very cute terrier.

Meghan Wilmot RVN

Meghan has been working with Ark Vets since May 2015. Meghan completed her veterinary nursing degree in Letterkenny IT in 2012. Meghan is currently studying for a PgD in Veterinary Physiotherapy through Harper Adams University in the UK.  


Aoife Madden

Veterinary Surgeon

Aoife Madden MVB has also recently returned to Ireland from the UK and will be based in our Knocknacarra branch.  She enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice but has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery.

Stepeh Walsh

Veterinary Surgeon

Stephen Walsh MVB joined Ark Vets in January after several busy years working in small animal practice in the UK.  Stephen will be based at our branch in St. Mary's Road.

Our Excellent Administration Team

Rebecca Flaherty

Rebecca has been working at Ark Vets since 2010. Rebecca graduated from N.U.I.G in 2010, specialising in Zoology. Rebecca has always had a passion to work with animals large & small. She is from Galway and has a black Cat named 'Baghera' who is a handful! Rebecca says that she “really enjoys working in the veterinary clinic as no one day is the same, there is a fantastic energy everyday, and a strong emphasis on a high level of care to be given to each client”

Aine Mac Neela

 Aine Mac Neela has been with Ark Vets since May 1989. Having spent some time working in a Veterinary Practice in California where she gained valuable experience in all aspects of the day to day  running of a busy Veterinary practice she returned home to Galway and joined Ark Vets . Aine's role within Ark Vets is practice manager and she divides her time between St Mary's Road & Knocknacarra clinics.  Aine holds a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management gained through UCD. Aine has 2 dogs, Millie a Terrier rescued trough Ark Vets & Jake a Retriever. 

Tara Mc Manus

Tara has been part of the team at Ark Vets since the summer of 2010. She is from Galway city and lives in Barna. Tara works mainly on Reception & also covers administration duties. Tara has always had a great love of animals and has been around them all her life. She has two gorgeous cats, Dixie and Harley (who eat her out of house and home) and a very handsome dog, Hank

Grace Haddock

Grace has worked with Ark Vets since 2007.  She is a Galway girl and lives in Moycullen .  Grace is our office manager and takes care of the accounts side of the business, which is a challenging but enjoyable job.  Grace is married with 2 children and also has 2 adored pets, Fifi a 7 year old cat who is the “Boss”!, and a 20 month old Labrador cross called Sammy who is a typical Labrador x….loves getting into trouble and eating !.  Grace loves working with Ark Vets and always says that the 4 legged clients are the best as she is a big animal lover.