Briarhill Veterinary Clinic is a dedicated small animal practice
We treat everything from Great Danes to dwarf hamsters and enjoy all of it! The practice was set up in 2009 by Riona Mac Eoin and Ruth Harkin who both graduated from the veterinary college in University College Dublin in 2001.
Ruth Harkin is a city girl who spent most of her school holidays on her grandparents’ farm in Portumna where she developed a strong love for animals. Reading James Herriot’s book “All creatures great and small” was what made her decide on a career in veterinary medicine.
Ruth spent many years in small animal practice in the UK before returning to Ireland and worked in the emergency clinic in University College Dublin before opening the clinic in Galway. Her interests include dentistry, dermatology and feline medicine. Outside work she likes yoga, reading, travelling and best of all hiking in Connemara with her husband and two dogs – Woody and Cooper.
Riona Mac Eoin
Riona Mac Eoin’s childhood dream was to be a vet. She always enjoyed taking care of the horses, dogs and cats at her home in Kinvara. Feeding the pet lambs on the farm across the road was a highlight of Springtime.
Riona started her working life in Drogheda before working in the UK for a number of years. She is glad to be back home in the west of Ireland.
Riona completed a certificate in small animal medicine in 2014. Her other interests include ultrasonography and surgery.
Outside work she likes horse-riding, running, swimming and walking her dogs- Toby and Sandy.
Catherine Hartin, our veterinary nurse, joined the practice in 2012 after completing her nursing degree in Letterkenny. Catherine has a real love for her patients and never forgets a furry face! She is passionate about the welfare of Galway’s cats and often plays mother to multiple orphan kittens in her home. Her own cat, Luna, is five and gets spoilt rotten.
Catherine has a keen interest in small animal behaviour and weight management as well as general nursing.
Outside work Catherine is an avid cinema goer and loves to curl up with a good book.
Fiona always wanted to be a vet. She graduated from veterinary medicine at UCD in 2015 and spent two years working in Wales before coming home to her native Galway to join us in September 2017. Fiona’s favourite part of being a vet is performing surgery on her patients to fix their problems and she has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound. She also loves to help out our local charity Galway Cat Rescue.
Her little sidekick Bailey is never far from her side, Bailey has come a long way since being rescued by MADRA. She now comes to work everyday with Fiona and has learned loads of cool tricks!
Outside of work Fiona enjoys walks with Bailey, horse-riding and performing with her local musical society.