Sandymount Pet Hospital
Sandymount Pet Hospital consistently engages in education and training to enhance our skills and maintain current knowledge in the field.
Established in 1998 by Richard Lavelle, a well-respected and highly regarded member of the local community, our practice has its roots in Richard's years of experience as a companion animal veterinarian in the area. Motivated by a desire to give back to local pet owners, Richard founded Sandymount Pet Hospital.
Today, the practice is managed by Richard and his business partner John, who initially joined Sandymount as an assistant in 2005. Together, they are supported by a team of amiable, proficient veterinarians and nurses, each with a keen interest in various aspects of veterinary medicine. This diverse expertise enables us to offer an unparalleled service catering to a wide array of animals and conditions.
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