Our Veterinary Team

The Animal Care Hospital Douglas Vets now comprises a four vet team led by the owner John O’Mahony MVB MRCVS. Our veterinary team has been chosen because of their considerable experience and specific interests and abilites in the many different aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery.


All the veterinarians regularly attend continuing professional development (CPD) meetings and have given presentations to colleagues and students at these meetings.


The ACH runs an appointment system with vets seeing a maximum of 4 new cases per hour. This is to ensure your pet gets a thorough and complete examination. Every effort is made to ensure continuity and if you wish to see a particular vet please mention it when you are booking an appoinment, we will do our best to accommodate you.


Our team discusses complicated cases on a regular basis both amongst ourselves and with outside specialists. Consequently, in these cases our combined knowledge and experience is a major asset in reaching a successful diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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John O’ Mahony

Practice Manager and owner John O’Mahony qualified as a veterinary surgeon way back in 1987. At that time Ireland was in the grip of a recession (sound familiar?), and pet health care was a minority sport.

Immediately John took the ferry to the UK to ‘learn the ropes’ and hone his skills in the advanced and busy pet hospitals of Norfolk and Nottingham.

In 1995 after also spending time in Australia, John returned to Cork and bought a very small, part-time veterinary clinic at The Fingerpost Roundabout in Douglas. He set about treating the local pet population with the aid of one nurse, acquiring another three nurses over the following few years along with an increasingly loyal clientele base.

In 1999 the first major renovations took place, doubling the clinic size. Only last year in 2008/09 the clinic was further extended and refurbished thereby achieving the highest standard recognised in Ireland. That of Full Hospital Status.

The Animal Care Hospital Vets Douglas is now a fully equipped veterinary hospital containing the most up to date equipment and personnel including four vets, four nurses and two receptionists all dedicated to the highest quality care of all categories of family pets.

As the proud owner of this hospital and manager of this team, John’s aim is to provide the highest quality of pet care in a friendly, caring and professional environment at a reasonable price.
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Carl McAuliffe MVB MRCVS

Carl qualified from the University Veterinary Hospital, UCD Dublin in 1999. He worked in the UK for the next 9 years where he developed a passionate interest in advanced orthopaedic, spinal and soft tissue surgery while working alongside RCVS and European recognised specialist surgeons and has studied and trained extensively in this field. Carl left his position as Clinical Director and chief surgeon of an eight-vet, first opinion and referral practice in early 2008 to take up the position of Chief Surgeon here at the Animal Care Hospital Veterinary Practice Douglas . Carl’s arrival and the expansion of our surgical facilities has allowed the practice to greatly increase the repertoire of surgical procedures performed, to include advanced orthopaedic, spinal and soft tissue surgery.
Carl has a particular interest in TPLO surgery in dogs for Cranial Cruciate ligament rupture, spinal surgery and the post- operative rehabilitation of paralysed patients, trauma surgery and oncology (cancer treatment) and oncological surgery.

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Roisin O Mahony MVB MRCVS CertAVP(SAM)

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Roisin qualified as a vet from University College Dublin in 2000. She worked in mixed practice in West Clare before completing a GP Certificate in Small animal Medicine and electing to work exclusively in Small Animal Practice. She joined the team at the Animal Care Hospital Douglas in 2011.
Roisin was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2016. This has allowed her to develop her knowledge and expertise in the fascinating field of Small Animal Medicine. Roisin is especially interested in cardiac and respiratory disease, neurology, gastro-intestinal and endocrine disorders.

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John Comerford MVB

John qualified from the University Veterinary Hospital, UCD Dublin in 2003 and worked in mixed practice in Wexford and Kildare where he developed his interest in small animal practice. He then moved to Dublin where he worked in a busy small animal hospital before joining the Animal Care Hospital Vets Douglas in January 2009.
John is a native of Kilkenny and since his move to Cork, can’t figure out what Cork people are so insanely proud of.

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