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Referral Services

From internal medicine, to a 24-hour emergency service, we have your pet covered

We offer a multidisciplinary referral service at the Animal Care Hospital Douglas. We provide high quality veterinary care in Cork for dogs and cats at a reasonable price. Within the practice we have highly trained veterinary surgeons across a number of disciplines including a specialist in small animal medicine and a number of visiting specialists attending the practice regularly.

Our referral services include:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Endocrinology
  • Orthopaedic Surgeries
  • Soft tissue Surgery
  • Cardiology & Respiratory conditions
  • Ultrasound

Internal Medicine:

If your pet is seriously ill we are lucky to have a small animal medicine certificate holder working in the practice. Róisín O’ Mahony achieved the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2016. Róisín enjoys the challenge of complex small animal medicine cases.

Areas of interest include endocrinology, cardiology, respiratory medicine, oncology and gastrointestinal disease. Róisín is happy to accept referrals or give advice to practitioners on complex cases at any time. She is also happy to review blood tests or radiographs for referring practitioners and give advice on case management.


Ocular disease in animals is common and may be due to injuries, systemic health, breed or genetics. Animals suffer many similar eye diseases that affect humans. Advances in both human and veterinary medicine have increased the ability to both diagnose and treat many of these diseases.

Eye health and vision are essential to your pet’s quality of life. During regular check ups, we will monitor your pets’ eye health. Our own vets will treat most eye conditions and injuries. For more complex cases, we have a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist that visits our practice regularly.

Natasha Mitchell MVB DVOphthal MRCVS is a full-time Veterinary Ophthalmologist who is very experienced in advanced ocular diagnostics and surgical procedures using specialised equipment and techniques.

Symptoms to watch for and to get checked out by your vet include:

  • Squinting
  • Red or inflamed eye
  • Cloudy eye
  • Decreased vision
  • Ocular discharge

Diagnostic Imaging:

We offer high quality ultrasound scans and digital X-rays within the practice. We are also regularly visited by a vet who specialises in high-tech ultrasound examinations, echocardiography and ultrasound guided aspiration. This means we can offer diagnostic imaging aids alongside advice on clinical case management.


We offer a surgical (soft tissue andorthopaedic) referral service. Tim Garran BVSc Cert SAS MRCVS visits our clinic frequently to carry out a broad range of specialist surgeries including Fusion TTA for cruciate repair, complex fracture repair and joint arthrodeses. Soft tissue referral surgeries including gastropexy and hepatic portal shunt surgery are also available.

How to request a veterinary referral:

Please telephone the clinic to discuss the referral case on 021 489 3033. Please complete our online referral form.

When referring, please include the following information:

  • Owners name, address and mobile telephone number
  • Animals name, signalment, history and current medications
  • Any other relevant information
  • Please indicate whether the referral is routine or urgent

If your dog or cat is referred to us by your veterinary surgeon, you can rest assured that we will provide the best care possible.

Our vets regularly attend scientific meetings in order to keep up-to-date in their specific fields of expertise and have had articles published in veterinary journals. We continually strive to enhance and improve the service we offer to owners, their pets and the veterinary surgeons who entrust their patients to our care.

Emergency and Critical Care Service

For daytime or night-time emergencies call 021 489 3033. Email is only monitored during working hours.

At the Animal Care Hospital Vets Douglas in Cork we provide a 24-hour emergency service, we ask that you would please reserve night-time calls for genuine emergencies only.

Common emergencies we treat include your pet being hit by a car, having twisted intestines (GDV) or needing a caesarean section. There are many reasons why your pet might need emergency care and we are dedicated to providing the best service possible.

Here at the Animal Care Hospital Douglas, as always, we aim to provide the highest standard of  veterinary care for your pets. To this end we are equipped for all kinds of emergencies should they arise. Our specialised equipment includes a temperature controlled oxygen tent for pets with lung or heart disease/life threatening injuries.

We have in-house ultrasound and x-ray facilities to rapidly assess critical patients. Our blood testing machine provides us with rapid results so our patients are immediately evaluated and a rapid diagnosis can be reached.

We are experienced in emergency medical and surgical procedures, for example, blood transfusions and surgical chest drain placements.

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