About Us

Acorn Veterinary Clinic was established in 1958 providing round the clock, quality veterinary services in the North Cork and surrounding area.

Initially, we were almost entirely dedicated to servicing the dairy industry from our base in Kildorrery. However, over the years we have built up a strong practice base in Mallow, which was established in 2006 by Noel Ahern and again upgraded in 2009. At present we have veterinary practices in Mallow and Kildorrery, both of which offer a wide range of services to cater for large and small animals.

Professional, Modern, Caring

Acorn Vet Clinic has 3 vets dedicated to both small and large animals. Also on hand to cater to your every need is our fantastic support team, made up of 3 veterinary nurses and administrative staff.

Our committed team

Acorn Vet Clinic has 3 practitioners dedicated to both small and large animals. Also, on hand to cater to your every need is 3 veterinary nurses and administrative staff.

Service and Trust

We have achieved the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Start Accreditation in October 2019 signifying we meet the highest standards of service and trust. This is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria.

Meet our team

Noel Ahern MVB
Noel Ahern MVBVeterinary Surgeon
Noel joined Acorn Vets in 1995 after working in the UK for 2 years.He then took over the practice in 1997… Read more
Helena Madden MVB
Helena Madden MVBVeterinary Surgeon
Helena graduated from UCD in 2012. She joined a practice in Northern Ireland
after college and… Read more
Breeda Fitzpatrick Dineen DVM
Breeda Fitzpatrick Dineen DVMLocum Vet
Breda is originally from California but is now living … Read more
Michele Merlino MVB
Michele Merlino MVBVeterinary Surgeon
Michele is an Italian native. He graduated from University of Bologna in 2010. He… Read more
Niamh Walsh
Niamh WalshGroomer
Niamh is our groomer in the Mallow clinic. Niamh studied animal care… Read more
Marian Tobin RVN
Marian Tobin RVNVeterinary Nurse
Marian qualified from St.John’s Central College in May of 2013
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Aisling Byrne RVN
Aisling Byrne RVNVeterinary Nurse
Aisling is originally from Co Kildare, after finishing secondary school she studied a Animal care course for 1 year … Read more
Martina Gould
Martina GouldReceptionist
Martina worked part time between the 2 clinics since 2007 as book keeper and… Read more
Gavin O’Dwyer
Gavin O’DwyerKildorrey Practice Manager
Gavin is with us since 2011 and is manager of the Kildorrery office. He has a keen interest in all countrywide pursuits, wildlife conservation and dog training. He is the owner of 7 Springer Spaniels.
FootsiThe cat
Meet Footsi, our in-house kitten here at the clinic! Footsi was dropped in to us one very busy Saturday evening in December. He was only about 5 – 6 weeks old. He was found by a couple on a roadside while they were out walking. They picked him up and on closer inspection saw that his foot was swollen to twice the size it should have been. When he arrived at the clinic, he was examined by the vet and xrayed. The xray showed that he had multiple fractures and wounds on his hind leg. The leg could not be saved and had to be amputated. Footsi has recovered very well from his big operation and is presently flying around on three legs. He has a huge personality and always puts a smile on our faces when he greets us in the mornings. He loves nothing more than being cuddled and getting his ears rubbed. He is ‘king of the castle’ here at Acorn and is loved by all of us. Footsi and everyone at Acorn Veterinary clinic are very glad that he was handed in on that busy December evening.