Foxrock Vet Team

Jim Walsh


Originally from Loughlinstown, Jim qualified from University College Dublin in 1984 and then worked for a couple of years in the UK before joining Ark Vets in the newly-opened Kill Lane branch in 1986.

Jim has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and dentistry in dogs and cats. He now lives in Glencullen where he has the space, with the help of his family, to rehabilitate some of the injured wildlife that is brought into the clinic. He is happiest walking the Wicklow Hills with his dog Cenau.

Tom Ruane


Tom is from Galway and graduated from UCD in 2005. He began his career working in a mixed practice in Kildare, followed by three years in the UK and Australia.

Tom now lives in Dublin and is the proud owner of a Border Collie called Monty. He joined Arkvet in 2012, and is based mainly in the Kill Lane Hospital. He has a strong interest in feline internal medicine, and really enjoys working as part of a team.

Tom Ruane
Deirdre Kearns

Deirdre Kearns


Deirdre joined Ark Vets in 2015 after having spent many years living abroad working in mixed and small animal practice in Austria and England. She qualified from the Vienna University of Veterinary Medicine. Her particular interests lie in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery of dogs, cats and rabbits.

She is the owner of a particularly handsome Labrador named Flynn and is a passionate hill walker and alpine skier.

Jessica Gillespie


Jessica is from Nevada and qualified from UCD in 2018 after she obtained a BSc. in animal science at Oregon State University in 2013.

Before joining Ark Vets, Jessica worked at a mixed practice in Donegal.  Now she’s back living in Dublin with her partner Cian and their four dogs Izzie, Brodie, Niaomi and Cosmo.

Jessica is particularly interested in animal behavior and is Fear Free certified. She does her best to make pets feel safe and comfortable during their visits at the clinic.


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