Dublin Bay Vets was established in 2019 by Donal Cape and Colm de Barra, old friends from college.
Donal and Colm share the same philosophies on pet medicine and animal welfare. They are always willing to listen to the concerns of owners.
We believe that pet health care requires collaboration between the vet and the pet owner. We will provide a practical approach whilst adhering to the highest standards of veterinary medicine.
You can always count on a welcome for you and your pet at Dublin Bay Vets. We treat them as VIPs because that’s just what they are: important. They know it, and so do we.
Meet Our Practice Dogs
Eamon: Assistant Practice Dog
Eamon joined the team in February 2020. Despite never formally applying for the role, and having absolutely no experience, he somehow managed to walk in off the street and got the job immediately. Unlike the rest of our staff, he is highly unreliable and is unable to concentrate on a task for longer than a few minutes. However, despite some shortcomings, he is always available with a friendly greeting for our customers and their pets.
Hobbies include finding (and bringing home) used tissues.
Jack: Senior Practice Dog
We had to create this position for Jack or else Sarah wouldn’t take the job. Nepotism at its worst. A private individual, he minds his own business and gets on with the job. Despite tough working conditions and terrible pay, he resolutely stands guard inside the canteen door.
Meet Our Vets
Lucia Martínez Graullera MVB
Lucia hails from Valencia. Not to be confused with the Kerry island of a similar spelling, this South – Eastern Spanish city compares favourably on sorbet making, sun and speakers of the English language.
Seeking rain, she landed in Dublin in 2015, and has worked in a number of clinics since then. Lucia has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She has completed a Postgraduate cert in Small Animal Medicine, and is currently studying for a Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging. She is also constantly striving to improve her cooking and salsa dancing skills, but thankfully not concurrently.
Billy Shortle MVB
Despite his less than tanned appearance, Billy has been touring the Sunny South East of Ireland from a young age. Starting off in Waterford, he took a few detours to the west and landed back in his favourite, Wexford, before seeking a retreat from the UV rays here in Clongriffin.
The proud owner of goldfish as a child, Billy was inspired by their ways and has become an avid sea swimmer – though he has the added capability of doing a bit of hiking too.
Having grown up surrounded by animals on a dairy farm, veterinary seemed like an obvious choice. Billy has enjoyed working with both farm and companion animals since graduating and has combined these skills to become our resident Big Dog Lifter.
Lorea Nevin MVB
Lorea was very lucky to grow up in a decidedly dog-loving family. Her strong friendships with her canine family members spurred her on to campaign frequently for new animal additions to the home. She was successful in her acquisition of guinea pigs, a gerbil, canaries and two goldfish. Although her hand copied manuscript on cat care and ownership was rejected by the parental management board as a new pet application, she was not short of feline friends from the neighbouring houses.
After graduating from UCD School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, Lorea started her career just outside Vancouver, Canada. Here she learned about best practice in small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry. Her colleagues also taught her about best practice in the case of a wild bear encounter, a necessary piece of advice for her cycle home. Returning to her family home beside the Curragh in Kildare she continued to practice small animal medicine and further developed her special interest in small animal diagnostic imaging and dentistry. Outside the clinic you will find Lorea hiking, sea swimming or snacking. She is happiest when outdoors, with her dogs Peadar and Charlie or with friends.
Sinéad Doyle MVB
Sinéad grew up in Waterford city with lots of cats, guinea pigs, a rabbit, and a dog. She graduated from UCD in 2018 and spent three years in Leeds, Yorkshire working with small animals before coming home to Ireland and joining the Dublin Bay Vets team.
She has two cats, both were found as kittens at the side of the road, although in different countries and several years apart. One is very fond of her, and the other is entirely indifferent to her existence.
In her spare time Sinéad enjoys travelling, walking and hiking, reading, and baking.
Etain Clancy MVB
Etain grew up in rural Co. Limerick but was drawn to the bright lights of Clongriffin in June 2022. She was always finding a way to be around animals and before being trusted with the sole ownership of a dog at the age of 10, her favourite job was helping her grandfather feed the calves on her uncle’s dairy farm. After graduating from UCD, she briefly tried to rekindle her love of bovines in a mixed practice but quickly realised her heart now lay with the smaller, fluffier creatures. Her own dog Toby inspired Etain to obtain a self-declared specialism in Shih Tzus, and she is delighted with how many of them Dublin 13 has to offer.
In her spare time Etain is an avid Liverpool fan and can often be caught letting us all know that we’ll Never Walk Alone. She still helps out with the calves, when she can.
Colm de Barra MVB
Colm, originally from a rural area of Cork, has always had a love of animals, be they domestic pets, farm animals, horses, or wildlife. Surrounded by farmland growing up, he is happiest outdoors, and his favourite past time as a child was walking through the fields with his Red Setter, Rebel.
Having spent 3 years in farm animal practice after leaving university in 2008, Colm renewed his primary interest and passion – the medical care of sick dogs, cats, and other domestic pets.
In his spare time, he still enjoys walks in the countryside with his dog Eamon, and plays hurling for St Sylvesters GAA club.
Donal Cape MVB
Donal’s young life was spent begging his parents to get a dog. They finally gave in when he was 12 and Sally – a one year old re-homed Springer Spaniel – became his companion for the next 10 years.
After secondary school and a veterinary medicine degree in UCD, he qualified in 2009 to take up a large animal position in the mountains and green fields of Co Tyrone – working in a mixed practice in Cookstown. From there, he travelled to Australia and spent five years travelling and working as a large and small animal vet around the country. He returned to Ireland in 2016, when he took a job in Lucan attending to the local cats, dogs and other pets.
Outside work he enjoys playing football (unsuccessfully) the guitar and singing. He has yet to convince anyone to sit through an entire song. At home, Tipsy is the star attraction and he does his best to tire her out on walks. She never does.
Meet Our Nurses
Emily Murray RVN
Emily is the local in our family: she grew up in Clontarf, and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from UCD in 2018.
When she goes home from her work here with us she has another full time job ensuring her two cats (Phoebe and Zoey) are behaving themselves and not tearing each other or the furniture apart. The youngest (Zoey) has an interesting history: she was rescued from a magpies mouth when only a newborn! Emily hand reared her from then, and she shows no signs of her early ordeal apart from a slight distrust of flying creatures, who are warned away with a loud hiss.
Outside of her two full time jobs she enjoys listening to music, staying warm (but not too warm) and eating avocado on toast.
Sarah Toner RVN
Sarah was born and raised beside Worcestershire. Like the sauce, she adds a lot to anything she’s involved in, but can be sharp when she needs to be: just ask her dog after he’s misbehaved.
After qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse from Harper Adams University in the UK – the best there is, she’ll let you know – she worked for a while at home before seeing the light and moving to Ireland with her husband in 2018, where they live on a farm accompanied by their Jack Russell (called Jack), four cats and three laying hens.
Not only does she bring a warmth and friendliness to the place, but also supplies all staff with a large supply of fresh eggs.
Naomi Broderick RVN
Naomi joined our team in Summer of 2020 after working in Drogheda, Johnstown and Walkinstown.
Her desire to become a veterinary nurse came about after having to care for and treat her old dog Murphy, who passed away in 2018 after a battle with heart disease.
Outside of work she enjoys hiking, reading, travelling and, being from Laytown in Co Meath, building sandcastles. The youngest of three sisters, she has declared herself the family sand castling champion – an accolade strongly contested by her siblings.
Alice Creedon RVN
Unlike the rest of the team, who had to trawl through the archives to find their profile pictures, Alice’s looks suspiciously recent. However, despite her baby faced appearance, Alice is a fully qualified nurse – having completed her degree at Dundalk IT.
During her training she saw practice in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, Dundalk, Co Louth and even managed a stint wrestling horses in Co Kildare. The horses won that particular battle.
Apart from three dogs, a cat, a flock of hens, a few ducks, and a school of fish Alice has two sisters and a brother. Alice likes three TV shows. The Big Bang Theory, How I met Your Mother, and she can’t remember the name of the other one. She does not like The Simpsons.
Shauna McNulty RVN
Shauna grew up just a stone’s throw away from the clinic, in Donaghmede. Her childhood companion, Trixie, was with her from the day she started school, and he helped her realise what she wanted to be when she grew up: a veterinary nurse. He was by her side every day, along with a menagerie of other pets such as hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, terrapins and budgies.
After qualifying as a veterinary nurse from UCD in 2016, she did an ICU internship at University Veterinary Hospital, followed by 4 and a half years in general practice in Dublin.
Shauna recently adopted a rescue staffie who unexpectedly had 12 pups! She has 3 pet rats named after Beatles songs – Michelle, Prudence and Eleanor. She is a coffee snob, Asian food aficionado and video game lover.
Grace Cosgrove, Animal Care Assistant
Grace is the one who ensures hospitalised pets are warm and comfortable, and keeps their beds clean and cosy.
Her dedication to her job is incredible, and clearly results from her long held passion for animal care.
Grace grew up in Malahide, and from a young age seemed to attract stray pets to her house. She credits her first dog, Max, with inspiring her to work with animals in the future. We honestly don’t know how we managed before Grace joined the team.
Louise Coffey, Animal Care Assistant
Louise first visited us as a client with her dog Elvis. She liked the place so much she had to stay. She got trained up and joined the team in May 2022 as an Animal Care Assistant. What an addition she has been.
When not trying (and failing) to put manners on Elvis and Priscilla, or colouring her hair pink, she enjoys playing in JumpZone, where she can show off her acrobatic prowess.
On occasion she can be found in the kitchen, but these occasions are rather odd – both in frequency and results. Her repertoire here includes (and is limited to) toast, Singapore noodles and a fry. She also enjoys a Capri Sun.
Rebecca Dunphy, Receptionist
Rebecca is originally a local from North Dublin but grew up in Navan, Co Meath. Her first pet was a duck called “Wee” that her grandad rescued in Monaghan (he was a nightmare to live with and attacked bare ankles at every opportunity). When she wasn’t running from the duck, Rebecca was a champion Irish dancer and can still be seen doing a jig beneath the desk – if you look very closely. Rebecca loves travelling and exploring new places, having recently spent a number of months living on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand. Before starting with DBV, Rebecca worked in the human dental industry and tells us she is enjoying the change to smaller, fluffy-mouthed patients.
Jess Ryan, Receptionist/Admin Angel
Jess spent her childhood in the wilderness of North County Dublin. She grew up with a bit of an eclectic bunch of animals; a cat called Megan whom she rescued from a ditch, a boxer named Tiger who was overly fond of sheep, and a three-legged lab called Pepsi! She now treks all the way into work from Raheny every day where she plays host to her little dog Lady whom she maintains IS the best pup. Many patients in Dublin Bay Vets would agree to disagree.
Before starting at Dublin Bay Vets in January 2022, Jess worked in human healthcare. She still maintains that dogs are the best humans and we agree.