About Us

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 Vets

Donal Cape

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.

Colm de Barra

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 the family dog, and is a Cork hurling fanatic.

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.