Nóirín Ní Shimidh

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Ludo 2002-2017

Nóirín graduated from University College Dublin in 1988 and then worked in Cornwall, Wales and Northern Ireland for 10 years, gaining a post graduate qualification in diagnostic imaging along the way.

She joined the practice when she came home in 1998. Nóirín is particularly interested in pain management, the detective work of internal medicine and dermatology, cat medicine and dentistry.

Her main hobby is veterinary medicine so much of her spare time is spent studying and investigating new ideas, but she has recently taken up running and orienteering – although her version looks a lot like getting lost in the woods…..

Karen Piggott

Karen studied in UCD, Dublin and graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2008. She spent the next six years gaining valuable experience in small animal practice in both the UK and Ireland before joining the team here in September 2014.

She has a particular interest in surgery, dermatology and rehabilitation but also has an affection for the rabbits and guinea pigs. She loves going to the cinema, travelling and scuba diving.

She has two dogs, Ernie a cheeky wire-haired Jack Russell and Luna a loveable Basset Fauve de Bretagne, and a cat Pebbles.


Sarah graduated as a veterinary surgeon from University College Dublin in 2014 and then worked for four years in Ireland in mixed practice. Her passion for small animal practice lead her to join our team here in February 2019.
Sarah is particularly interested in surgery, wound management, dentistry and the workups involved in internal medicine.

At home she has a large pack of dogs ranging from a rescue Chihuahua to 80 kilogram English mastiffs! There are also Clydesdale horses, Highland cattle and Zwartble sheep to keep her busy in her free time

Clíona O’ Toole

Clíona began working as a student veterinary nurse in 2000 before gaining her qualification from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. She joined the team at Cottage Veterinary Clinic in January 2011 after gaining experience in small animal, equine and mixed practice, both here and in the UK.

Clíona has two dogs, an 11 year old pointer called Pluto and a 6 year old Border Collie called Tango. Her hobbies include training and competing with Tango in agility.

Síle Whelan

Síle comes from Dunlavin. Her love of animals drew her to clinic at a young age when she started working Saturdays and the summer months before joining the team full time in 2005.

Over the years she has gained extensive experience caring for animals while also gaining the responsibility for a broad range of tasks that holds the practice together including stock management, invoicing and drug ordering.

Her hobbies include skiing and camogie – which she plays at both club and county level. She has a rescue cat called ‘Pinky’.

Kellie Fagan

Kellie studied in UCD where she attained her degree in veterinary nursing, graduating in 2011. She gained experience in companion animal practice before joining the team in 2014.

She is particularly interested in neonatal care and is very experienced in handrearing kittens and puppies. Outside of work Kellie enjoys running, and plays Gaelic football for local GAA team Milltown.

Her love of animals has also meant that she has a number of pets to keep her busy at home, including two German Shepherds called Hugo and Lily and her four cats Indie, Ally, Psycho, and Sludden who is blind.

Keelin Murray

Keelin joined us on work experience as a veterinary nurse student late in 2016 and when she graduated from St. John’s College in Cork the following June, she joined us as a qualified veterinary nurse. She has a dog, Izzy, a 7 year old Jack Russell Terrier and a cat, Phoebe, who she adopted from the clinic.
In her spare time she likes going to the gym, practising yoga and reading.

Anne McGrath

Anne joined the practice as receptionist in 2014 and always has a smile to welcome you through the door.

She thrives in the sometimes chaotic environment of the waiting room, barking dogs and all. She enjoys swimming, reading and getting walked by her very boisterous labrador Vinny!

Martha Behan

Martha joined us recently but has worked as a veterinary receptionist for over eleven years now and has settled into the team as if she has been here for years.

She has a passion for helping people and animals and is on reception to welcome everyone on arrival – she especially loves to greet the new puppies and kittens.

Outside work she is kept busy with her family made up of her husband, four children and pets including five dogs, two cats, chickens, ducks and a pet rabbit.

Vaughan Costigan

Vaughan arrived in Ireland with her husband and three chihuahuas from South Africa. She has been loving and looking after chihuahuas since she picked up their first one as a stray in 1988.

She is devoted to the breed and loves to see the little ones coming in to the clinic for a visit. She left her job at Marks and Spencers in 2005 to pursue her dream job at the Cottage Veterinary Clinic doing everything from reception to keeping the books for the practice.

Vaughan officially retired in 2016 but is having difficulty grasping the concept of retirement and is still coming in to the clinic a couple of mornings a week to help out at reception and do a bit of the paperwork!!


Smokey has been a part of the team at Cottage Veterinary Clinic since 2002. She wandered in and made herself at home and hasn’t looked back!

She has had a couple of scrapes over the years including trapping her poor tail in the door and losing the tip of it! She used to guard reception all day and pounce on all new puppies to make sure they knew their place but has now retired from official duties & these days she spends most of her time sleeping.

But when she is awake her favourite past times include chewing open the treats on the front desk, walking across keyboards, and keeping a watchful eye over the pets in the waiting room.

She also loves a cuddle from anyone who happens to be standing near the reception!