Con A. Kennedy M.V.B., M.R.C.V.S. (Practice Principal)
Con graduated from University College Dublin in 1980 and has over 35 years’ experience as a practicing veterinary surgeon. He is the practice principal here at Ratoath Veterinary Clinic, regularly serving as the attending vet at Ireland’s largest racecourses including Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Bellewstown and Laytown. Before establishing himself as our teams leading member, Con has worked for a number of years at a clinic in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and at a clinic in Dunderry, Co. Meath.
Con has built a well-respected reputation within the veterinary community and is a previous Senior Team Irish Eventing Veterinary Surgeon as well as a current member of BEVA, Team Vet to Irish Eventing, Show jumping and Dressage ponies and a registered FEI Veterinary Surgeon. His background serves him a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to respiratory surgeries and in particular, vetting horses. Con is a big sports fan and is a handyman when it comes to DIY.
Eduardo Martinez Vetsurg.Zar
Originally from Spain, Eduardo qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1993 from the University of Zaragoza. He has been working in practice for over 20 years and joined Ratoath Veterinary Clinic in 1997 as one of our equine vets. Before joining he worked at San Sebastian Racecourse in Spain for 2 years and at a stud farm in Newmarket, Suffolk. Like our other equine vets, he is frequently the attending veterinary surgeon at Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Bellewstown and Laytown racetracks.
Radiography is an area of veterinary Eduardo is both interested and experienced in. He tends to many soft tissue injuries in sport horses and enjoys soccer when he isn’t working
Colm O’Brien B.V.S.C., M.R.C.V.S
Born in Tyrone, Colm studied and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2000. After spending two years as a practicing vet at a mixed clinic in Co. Armagh, he joined Ratoath Veterinary Clinic in 2002. Colm focuses mostly on equine medicine, regularly working as the attending veterinary surgeon at some of the country’s largest horseracing events in Fairyhouse, Leopardstown and Bellewstown.
In his spare time, Colm enjoys competitive cycling and GAA. He owns a number of horses, cats and dogs at home.
Robbie Collins M.V.B
Robbie qualified from University College Dublin in 2005. After graduating he practiced as the primary small animal vet at a mixed practice in Co. Down and as a mixed practitioner at a clinic in Trim, Co. Meath, before joining our team in 2007 as one of our equine vets.
As a producer of horses and having competed at international 4 star level eventing, Robbie has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performance problems in horses. He also has a keen interest in pre-purchase examinations, equine reproduction and sarcoid treatment, and is regularly the attending veterinary surgeon at some of Ireland’s largest racetracks including Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Navan and Bellewstown.
Cian Kennedy D.V.M
After graduating from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2017, Cian began an Equine Internship in Fethard Equine Hospital. After gaining invaluable experience, he returned home to Meath joining our team in June 2018.
Cian has a strong interest in gastroscoping, lameness assessment and treatment and performing equine soft tissue surgery. He also regularly works as the attending veterinary surgeon at some of the country’s largest horse racing events in Fairyhouse, Leopardstown and Bellewstown.
In his spare time he enjoys horse racing, rugby and can cook a good meal too!
Sinéad Kennedy D.V.M., B.Sc
Proudly from Co. Kerry, Sinéad graduated from University College Cork in 2011 with a B.Sc in Zoology. After working in Fota Wildlife Park, she decided to return to college. This time travelling to Budapest to study Veterinary Medicine. After qualifying in February 2018, Sinéad went on to work in a busy mixed animal practice in Co. Wicklow. She joined our team in March 2019 where she is now our main small animal vet. Sinéad enjoys all aspects of general practice with a particular interest in surgery.
In her spare time, Sinéad enjoys being outdoors and running, having ran many half marathons and completed the Dublin City Marathon in 2018.
Shane Stafford M.V.B., M.R.C.V.S
Shane joined our team in February 2021. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2017. Since graduating, he has worked in equine practice in the United States, Newmarket, South Africa and France. Shane has a particular interest in poor performance investigation, endoscopy and diagnostic imaging. Since joining our clinic he has developed an interest in soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, Shane is a big Liverpool fan and enjoys cycling, hiking and horse racing.
Nicki Traynor R.V.N (Head Nurse)
With great sadness, we lost our good friend and colleague Nicki at the end of November 2021. She will always be part of the team here at Ratoath Vets and will always be in our hearts and minds.
Clare Meehan R.V.N
A local girl from Dunshaughlin, Clare started her Veterinary Nursing studies in 2016 in Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Each year she came to Ratoath Vets on her work placement. From early on she showed great interest in her job and when she qualified in 2019, she officially became part of our team.
Clare enjoys horse riding and competing at the weekends. She spends most of her spare time looking after her two horses, Buster and Half Pint as well as her two dogs Pippa and Mo Chroí. She also enjoys eating out locally and is never short of a recommendation!
Jodie Staunton R.V.N
Jodie, born and bred in Ratoath, studied in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and graduated in 2021. Shortly after she joined our team in February. Jodie enjoys all aspects of surgery and patient care. She has a particular interest in feline medicine and diabetes. She has completed an add-on course in emergency and critical care nursing. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and baking and spending time with her pets.
Sylvia Elliott (Practice Manager)
Sylvia is the practice administrator of Ratoath Veterinary Clinic and the longest standing member of our team. She manages the daily operations that take place on both the small animal and equine side of our work, looking after appointments, call-outs, stock, finance and general correspondence. She also oversees the work that is being carried out and makes sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently for the staff and our clients.
Sylvia arranges meetings with the representatives from a number of organisations and companies that would like to work with us and is the head of staff when it comes to hiring and managing. She is an indispensable member of the team and the head chef of Ratoath Veterinary Clinic, enjoying cooking in her spare time as well as taking an interest in rugby and horseracing and has a Jack Russell called Axel.
Pauline joined the practice in 2015. She is the key assistant to Sylvia in managing the calls that come into us and has to liaise with clients on a daily basis. Pauline is responsible for much of the clerical work in the practice including typing up reports, documentation and organising invoices.
Pauline has a cat she rescued just months after she joined, called Danger, and a Labrador named Jake.