There has been a veterinary practice at Riverstown Cross since 1965, when Glanmire was a small village near Cork city with a fraction of the population it has today. PJ O’Driscoll and Bill Cashman have been the principal veterinary surgeon partners since 1983. The practice was a typical rural mixed-practice, with a branch pet clinic in Cobh.
Today companion animals are a big part of our work because of the population growth in Glanmire and Cobh. Our hospital and clinics now look after a wide range of pets while the farm animal practice, based out of Glanmire, continues to serve the surrounding rural farming community.
Cashman & O’Driscoll has four veterinary surgeons in all. Working with PJ and Bill are Noelle O Mahony and Kenneth Crowley, and we have a practice manager Susan Leahy RVN four veterinary nurses – Margaret Power RVN, Kate Walsh RVN, Anne O Gara RVN and Laura Doherty RVN, Marie Falvey completes the team in reception and administration (more on staff below).
The Glanmire practice was renovated in 2000 when it was registered with the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) as a Companion Animal Hospital. This is the highest premises standard attainable under the VCI premises accreditation scheme.
We are also a training centre for veterinary nurse students and helped to design their course in St John’s Central College, which is accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland. The result is a range of skills and services that help us to optimise our patients’ health be they large or small animals.
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Who looks after your animals and pets?
PJ O’Driscollqualified in 1975 from UCD and worked as an Associate for Fairweather & Slater in London until July 1976. On his return to Ireland he worked in Macroom and Schull for the following 12 months. He then joined with Pat Cashman in Glanmire, and became a partner in 1980.
PJ has been involved in the promotion of veterinary practice in the Cork area through his involvement in Cork Veterinary Health Centre, which has streamlined the supply of veterinary supplies for members. He is nowadays to be seen accompanied by Henry, a boxer found abandoned in an industrial estate in Cork.
Bill Cashman qualified in 1978. He has always worked in mixed practice and has a special interest in diagnostic clinical pathology. His interest in animal disease control led to a Masters in Veterinary Medicine in 2007 on the subject of Johnes Disease in dairy herds in Munster. He is co-author on a number of peer-reviewed publications on the diagnosis of this condition, and is a member of the Technical Working Group set up to advice Animal Health Ireland on how to tackle this disease at a national level.
Bill was a board member of the Irish Veterinary Association from 1994 to 1999, and the Veterinary Council of Ireland from 2001 to 2011. He also provides the main contact between the Registered Veterinary Nurse training course and the practice.Bill is also the current President of the Veterinary Council.
Kenneth Crowley is from Innishannon and qualified from University College Dublin in 2009. He then worked in Ireland for a year before moving to Worcestershire, England in 2010. It was here that he developed his interest in herd health. He mainly works in the large animal sector and has a keen interest in cattle work.
Kenneth also enjoys working with dogs and cats. In his spare time Kenneth enjoys socialising, walking with his fantastic dog Bruno and riding horses.In 2014 kenneth also completed Certificate in herd health management from UCD
Noelle O’Mahony is from Kilbrittan, Co. Cork and qualified from University College Dublin in 2008. She then worked in mixed practice in Donegal for a few years where she worked in all aspects of small animal veterinary care and surgery. Her farming background led her to designing and developing preventative herd health schemes and she has written on a number of these topics.
On her return to Cork, Noelle was delighted to be closer to the family farm and reunited with her two collies Spot and Sammy and her cat Kitty!
Marie Falvey has been an integral part of the practice since its inception in 1978. As the practice expanded, Marie has concentrated on administration and reception duties. Marie has a wealth of experience in dealing with clients’ queries about their pets and with all farmers’ queries – many of whom only want to talk to Marie!
Marie has a weakness for all Spaniel breeds, hence her own ‘baby’ Victor, a blue roan Cocker Spaniel.
Susan Leahy RVN qualified as a medical/dental receptionist in 1997, but left working with the human species to join us in January 1998. After qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse 2011.
As well as keeping a nurse’s eye on our patients, Susan has been known to rearrange some of the furniture including shelving, so no one sits still anymore! Animals at home area black and white cat Socks. Susan became our Practice Manager in 2013 and was nominated in 2018 IVNA Practice Manager of the Year.
Margaret Power RVN graduated as a Veterinary Nurse in 2002 from Saint Johns college cork.She joined the practice in 2005, and has been with us ever since,besides a career break after her daughter. Margaret is passionate about animal rescue, and follows the policy “Adopt dont Shop” , she tries to help out with fundraising for some cork rescues, and also home checks. She adores sighthounds, in particular her rescue from Cork Dawg action welfare, Bessie the whippet.
Anne O Gara RVN is a registered veterinary nurse from Co. Mayo. She joined the nursing team at Cashman and O’ Driscoll vets in July 2017 after qualifying in veterinary nursing from Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She has always loved animals and had wanted to be a vet nurse since she was a child. Her pastimes are Gaelic football and socializing. She has an English springer spaniel called Major, who is very energetic and keeps her busy.
Laura Doherty RVN is a registered veterinary nurse and qualified in 2009. Laura joined us straight from college and works part time here and for Prime Health Vets at Cork Veterinary Health Centre, where she has gained excellent knowledge of animal medicines.
Laura is the proud owner of an ex-autism assistance dog Iggy and has four guinea pigs!