046 9432273

Email: athboyvethos@eircom.net

Appointments may be booked for:

Monday - Friday

9.15 am

2.00 pm
5.15pm - 6.45 pm


12pm - 2pm

Mon-Fri: 9am - 7pm

Sat: 10am - 4pm

Genuine Emergencies will be seen as soon as possible

Call: 046 9432273 (24hrs)

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At the same time as James Herriot (James A. Wight MCVS in reality) began working in the Yorkshire Dales, a young veterinary surgeon put up his plate in Athboy in 1941. Brendan Clarke was riverbank 1990the only vet. surgeon between Navan and Mullingar. He embarked on a busy fruitful career, initially carrying his instruments and drugs in a large satchel on the bar of his heavy bicycle, and in the winter months travelling in his horse and trap. His inspirational sense of duty, his devotion and care for his animal patients and also to their owners was legendary. I joined the practice at his home clinic in Castletown in 1975. I worked alongside Brendan for five rewarding years. When his retirement beckoned in 1979 I took over the practice and put up my own plate at Hollybank on the Trim Road.

A lot has changed since but we are very fortunate to have many of the same clients and friends with us to this day. We have strived as much as possible to maintain those same standards of duty and compassion and daily service to all the animals in our care. In 1988 we opened a branch practice at Navangate in Trim town where we provided a small animal service for eight years. During this time we moved from Hollybank to larger premises closer to the town at the old Athboy Railway Station (our Riverbank Clinic).

Finally in 2003 we combined both our Trim and Athboy practices in our excellent new purpose built hospital site on the Delvin Road with spacious free parking and easy access.


Throughout the eighties and early nineties, at the request of the Veterinary College of Ireland (V.C.I.), we became their country teaching practice. It was an enjoyable and rewarding experience to have Delvin Road Signcollege lecturers and students on site, and on farm visits on a weekly basis. It was also hugely informative to us, thanks to the continuous interchange of ideas and input of cutting edge veterinary expertise on a regular basis. We maintain a strong link with the V.C.I., referring cases and consulting with their very expert staff on a variety of topics. We have had many adventures along the way including relie 1ving a very egg-bound ostrich hen, the occasional snake with indigestion, the escape of a pot bellied pig (safely recaptured three days later), rescuing a pony from a septic tank and at Christmas this year (2009) releasing a large Charolais bull who had his head trapped in a large round feeder.