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Dr Steve Hallahan MVB
Read about Steve

Steve has over 20 years of experience as a veterinary surgeon, having worked in such diverse places as Beaufield Vets in Celbridge as well as the Department of Small Animal Surgery in University College Dublin.

Having seen how other practices are run, Steve decided to set up Riverforest Vets in 2010 with the aim of putting patients and their owners – rather than the vets or other staff – first.

Our philosophy is “We love your pets like you do” and we strive at every visit to make you feel that way and to make your pet as happy and healthy as they can be.

Steve has 3 pets: a Collie cross called Badger, a tabby cat called Trevor (who has an eating disorder) and a Turkish Blue cat called Turk, all of whom are in the practice every day to meet and greet clients and patients!
Steve likes to spend his time off rock climbing, mountain biking and skiing.

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Read about Emily

Emily studied animal science in UCD and then went onto study Veterinary in the Royal College of London. She worked in mixed animal practice in Wicklow for several years before joining us here at Riverforest. Emily has several cats and a rabbit called “Willow” . She is currently studying for a certificate in small animal medicine. She loves the outdoors and going for long walks.

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EIMEAR FINLAY: Receptionist
Read about Eimear

Eimear has spent most of her life working with animals, both large and small. She joined the team at Riverforest Vets over 11 years ago and has brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and good cheer to the practice. Eimear is often the first voice you’ll hear when you ring, her speciality is making people and pets feel at ease before they face the vet.  Eimear has 3 cats called  Ava, Ivy & Carmelo.  She also has 2 dogs “Captain & Peggy”.

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Read about Charlotte

Charlotte studied Veterinary Nursing in UCD in 2017 and received a Honors Bachelor degree.

She enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a particular interest in dentistry & cat behaviour. She is the proud owner of 4 cats called “Alice, Yoda, Sioux, Mowgli” and “Lizz”y her dog.

In her spare time Charlotte loves to spend time with her pets, read books & go horse riding.

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Read about Edel

Edel joined the Riverforest team in May 2021. She studied Animal Management in the UK. She hope to go on a study Veterinary Nursing in the near future.
Animal care assistant at Riverforest Vets. She has 2 dogs, a Bichon Frise called Hollie and a Husky called Casper
Edel also has a cat called Rosie that she rescued from Riverforest Vets

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Read about Rebecca

She Graduated from Athlone with BSc in Veterinary Nursing 2022.

Rebecca joined Riverforest Vets in September 2022. Having gained experience in both general and referral practices, her main interests are in internal medicine and charity medicine.

She owns a rescued german shepherd  called “Jess” who lives at her home house. Rebecca is waiting for the opportunity to add a cat to the family.
Her interests are movies/tv shows, Formula 1, yoga & true crime podcasts.

Steve is the best Vet I’ve ever met. He shows a genuine love and affection for my dogs and cats and has always been excellent with treatments for them. He makes you feel like you’re part of a large family he has and not just a client/patient. I love Turk, Trevor and Badger and not forgetting Lilly, the resident dogs and cats that greet you on entering clinic.


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€10 New Client Voucher!

€10 Voucher!

Register online and you will be eligible for a €10 voucher to redeem against your pet’s first treatment