Meet Our Vets
John qualified from UCD Veterinary College in 1999 and began working in a mixed practice in Cootehill, Co. Cavan. In 2001 he had the opportunity to return to Leitrim and purchased this practice
John has a special interest in cattle reproduction and medicine. He spends a great deal of time speaking to agricultural groups and enjoys educating farmers on herd health and preventative medicine. In his spare time, John enjoys farming, cycling and GAA.
Paula is originally from the United States, but came to Ireland in 1994 to continue her education in Veterinary Medicine. She and John qualified together in 1999, and went on to work in two small animal practices in Dublin before moving to Leitrim in 2002. Paula has always been an animal lover and was the driving force behind the development of the Small Animal side of the business.
She is a busy mom but enjoys walking, gardening and horse-riding in her spare time.
Owen qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2009 and has been working in the practice ever since. Owen has a strong farming background and is passionate about large animal medicine and is a true animal lover. You may even see him with his 2 little terriers, Lucy and Lily, or at the mart with his prize Limousin cattle.
Joe qualified from Glasgow in 2000 and worked in mixed practice until 2009. Since then, he has been working primarily as our Small Animal surgeon. He has a keen interest in small animal surgery and veterinary dentistry.
Joe enjoys having time off to look after his herd of purebred Limousin cattle and spending time with his family. He also loves all things chocolate!
Having previously trained as a physiotherapist, Grace qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2015. She joined the practice in July 2015.
Grace has a keen interest in all aspects of mixed practice and enjoys the diversity of small and farm animal work. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her new family and working on the family farm.
Dr. Antje Luise
Antje is our newest member of the team, taking on the role of Clinical Director in July 2019. Originally from Germany, she has worked in a number of large practices in the UK. She is passionate about veterinary medicine and has secured a Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Medicine and a Certificate in Veterinary Business Management.
In her spare time, Antje enjoys spending time with her family, renovating her new home and spending time with her dog Penny.
Allison Smith MVB
After qualifying from UCD in 2019, Allison worked in Ballymahon for a year in a predominantly large animal suckler practice. Allison did a great deal of training in Ashwood during her college years and we were delighted to have her join the Ashwood team in September 2020. She is looking forward to developing her skills in all aspects of the practice, as she has a keen interest in both large and small animal surgery, and especially calf health.
In her spare time, Allison enjoys tending to her cows and lambs at home.