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Paul Kelly Vet

Paul Kelly

I qualified in 1989 at University College Dublin.

Since then I have worked in many areas of veterinary practice including Farm animal practice in Donegal and Meath.

I was a partner in an Equine / small animal practice in Ratoath, Co. Meath. It was in this practice that I developed my interest in companion animal medicine and surgery. I attended many courses while working there.

In 2008 I left the partnership to develop a Specialist Small Animal Practice in Ratoath. Since then I have acquired a masters in Orthopaedics and traumatology, at the Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain. This Masters taught every aspect of orthopaedics from  spinal injury diagnosis and surgical repair  to  fracture repair, cruciate ligament repair ,TTA  TPLO  total hip replacement , elbow surgery ,surgical correction of angular limb deformity . Myelography, interpretation of radiographs and every aspect of orthopaedic surgery.

I am fortunate that I have been able to study and develop my surgical interests. These also include  endodontics  and orthodontics. My belief that teeth should be saved and protected in animals so that they can eat painlessly and properly drove me to learn and practice the surgery in Madrid Spain. Seove , the Spanish veterinary dental association , of which I am a member , provides many High Level dentistry courses taught by Internationally renowned  Veterinary Dentists. I was the attending vet at a small Zoo and it was for this reason that I learnt the procedure as some of the large cats required the treatment.

Since then I have performed root canal surgery on almost 200 dogs . Removing the large canine teeth in dogs is a tough surgery and causes the maxillary and mandibular bone to atrophy, leading to a weakness in the jaw. Dental root / tooth infection can lead to many systemic diseases as the bacteria invades the blood system and travels to many parts of the body setting up a focus of infection .  Dental health is paramount for good general body health.

In 2007 I learnt laparoscopic surgery to perform keyhole neutering of dogs. It has always been my objective to minimise the extent of the surgical incision and in doing so reduce the post surgical discomfort and recovery time. Laparoscopic surgery involves using a laparoscope with 2 x 5 mm incisions. The alternative is anything up to 125 mms. In my mind there is no discussion as to what is best for the dog.

In our hospital we have haematology and biochemistry equipment that allows us to see what a patient’s blood parameters are on site.

We have digital x-ray for body and limbs.

We also have intra oral dental digital radiography for our dental procedures.

Our anaesthesia is maintenance with isoflouraine and oxygen.

Anaesthesia monitoring equipment monitors oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, blood pressure, Heart rate, respirations, body temperature whilst all the time being monitored by an anaesthetist.

I am fortunate to be able to look after the reptiles at the national reptile zoo in Kilkenny. Some of these species have not changed in the last 200 million years. James Hennessy is the proprietor of the zoo and is a huge advocate of conservation. He has spent alot of time in the jungles and plains of Sri Lanka working with the Sri Lanka Department wildlife helping them in their work protecting the amazing environment and wildlife of SriLanka.

My interest in animals and conservation led me to study for a postgraduate certificate in Conservation Medicine at The Royal Veterinary College, Edinburgh ,Scotland.

Orla Walshe  is an invaluable part of our team, with outstanding nursing skills to her merit; having qualified with distinction in Veterinary Nursing from UCD and brings great energy and enthusiasm to the Hospital. Orla’s experience includes work placement in Dublin Zoo, Barbara O’Malley Veterinary Hospital in Bray; Ireland’s leading reptile specialist.