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About St Francis Dispensary

St Francis Dispensary is an indigenous Independent Irish Registered charity, established in 1926 to provide professional veterinary care to the domestic pets of persons of limited means at affordable rates.

Appointment Only

St Francis operates an appointment-based system in order to provide the best service possible. Call us on 01 4731947 to book in. For out of hour emergencies please contact Veterinary Specialists Ireland 046-9557551 or Dr Patrick Condren on 01-4920023 or 0868274868.

Practice Team

Our team consists of five professionals who love and adore all pets. They will do the best by your pet.

Trustees & Committee

St Francis is a registered charity. It’s your support that enables us to provide the services we do. The Charity and practice team are supported behind the scenes, by a committee and three trustees who provide their services and time free of charge.


In these uncertain times rest assured that St Francis is taking all precautions to ensure your safety as well as that of our team. We may ask you to step outside of the practice to ensure social distancing is maintained and we appreciate your cooperation at this challenging time.


We offer a range of services from micro-chipping to neutering/spaying to preventative healthcare and some surgeries, all wrapped around our general animal care program. Rest assured we understand that your pet is part of your family.


Did you know we have 5,000+ customers and counting? We rely on your generosity to continue to provide the services we do. We would appreciate any donation however large or small.  


Mission Statement

St Francis Dispensary is an indigenous Independent Irish Registered charity, established in 1926 to provide professional veterinary care to the domestic pets of persons of limited means at affordable rates.

Statutory Information

The Charity is registered with the Veterinary Council of Ireland, Register No. CC4955/ Veterinary Clinic, with the Charities Regulator Ref. RCN 20005238 and as a registered Charity No. CHY3974 and with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Managed by 3 Trustees Mrs Anne Rutledge, Mrs Elma Cusack and Mr David J Skelly, the charity has a management committee of eleven persons who bring a wide range of skills. The committee is chaired by Ms Elizabeth Hayes who is responsible for policy and strategy, and to whom the management team reports.

Remuneration Policy

The salaries paid to the management team and their conditions of employment are in accordance with the sector norm, whilst committee members and Trustees perform their duties on a voluntary basis receiving no remunerations or expenses of any kind in respect of their services.


We could not do what we do without the help of generous donors, from collection boxes to raffles and auctions, to cash donations. All proceeds are expended into the practice, by procuring additional equipment and maintaining the building. In the last two years we’ve invested in excess of €50,000 in building upgrades; installing new state of the art equipment, including an Idexx Haematology and Biochemistry machine. In addition, our charity fundraising affords ongoing training for our dedicated staff.

Client Services

We provide a wide range of services including: preventative care, emergency care, surgery, diabetes care through specialised clinics, sale of prescription foods. We administer an extensive range of vaccinations for Cats and Dogs.


Established in 1926


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Team of Heros


The Team behind St Francis Dispensary

Our team comprises of highly dedicated, experienced and qualified individuals, who share a passion for the wellbeing of all animals. Undertaking ongoing continuing training, funded by the charity's endeavours, they are highly knowledgeable in the most up to date animal medical techniques and procedures.

Pauline Behan

Pauline Behan

Practice Manager View Details
Julia Ivanova

Julia Ivanova

Paige Doherty

Paige Doherty

Animal Care Assistant View Details
Claire Masterson

Claire Masterson

RVN/UCD Veterinary Nurse View Details
Emma Gaffney

Emma Gaffney

Animal Care Assistant View Details
Magdalena Dziobek DVM

Magdalena Dziobek DVM

Veterinary Surgeon View Details
Pauline Behan

Pauline Behan

Practice Manager

I have always loved animals for as long as I can remember. I was involved in rescue and fostering for a number of years. I have 3 dogs and a cat. I joined the St Francis Team in 2010 and became Practice Manager in 2017. I feel very grateful to have a job I enjoy every day.

Julia Ivanova

Julia Ivanova


I love animals and have over 20 years experience in small animal practice. I have worked in veterinary practices in Russia, USA and in Ireland. I joined Celbridge Veterinary Clinic team in 2002, and also worked in Dublin Pet Emergency Hospital in UCD, Cara Veterinary Hospital in Blanchardstown and Port Veterinary Clinic in Portarlington, until I joined St Francis team. We have a beloved cat Masha, who is a family member. We also look after little dogs for our neighbours, when they go away. I can’t wait to see your pet in our clinic.

Paige Doherty

Paige Doherty

Animal Care Assistant

My name is Paige. I am an animal care assistant in St Francis Dispensary. I studied animal science and will be going on to study veterinary nursing in the future. I have always loved all animals, big and small. Everyday I’m working in St Francis is a pleasure and meeting all the furry babies that come in is the best part of the job.

Claire Masterson

Claire Masterson

RVN/UCD Veterinary Nurse

For as long as I can remember I was animal mad. It didn’t matter whether it had fur, feathers, scales, 8 legs or 100 legs I was captivated by the beauty of the natural world and the animals we shared it with. Working with animals was always a dream of mine. So after years of working to pay the bills, I took the leap at the age of 25 and began my new career path. After 5 years of study (with a year off in between to have my son), I qualified with a first class honours bachelor’s degree from UCD. The dream was now a reality. I’m very fortunate to wake up every day and go to work in a job that I love.

Emma Gaffney

Emma Gaffney

Animal Care Assistant

My name is Emma, I am a Animal Care Assistant. Ever since I was young I was always surrounding myself with all types of animals. I studied Animal Science and completed my work experience here in St Francis Dispensary. Now I am fortunate to be part of the team and working doing what I love most.

Magdalena Dziobek DVM

Magdalena Dziobek DVM

Veterinary Surgeon

Our Services

We provide a wide range of pet care services including...


We are able to perform a wide range of surgeries with our highly experienced veterinary surgeon and state of-the-art equipment.

Diabetes Care

We offer diabetes care through our regular, specialised clinics.


We administer an extensive range of vaccinations for Cats and Dogs.

Preventative Care

We offer – Spaying, Neutering, General Healthcare, to keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come.


We offer consultations on animal health to deal with existing conditions and ailments however big or small.

Specialist Foods

We supply specialist foods to provide the best nutrition for those pets with special dietary requirements.


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Opening Hours

All our Clinics are by appointment only. We do not provide service to those engaged in breeding. In accordance with the Veterinary Council of Ireland guidelines, our terms are displayed in our reception area.

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7.00pm
Saturday, Sunday CLOSED

FOR OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCY CARE, please contact Veterinary Specialists Ireland 046-9557551, Clonmahon, Summerhill, Co Meath A83 EV27.

As a secondary option, call Dr Patrick Condren on 01-4920023 or 0868274868.


St Francis Dispensary gratefully acknowledges the funding received of €37,844 from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine in 2023 in pursuit of our charitable veterinary services to the community of Dublin


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Puppy got her needles done
my local vet..the receptionist is always extremely nice..super welcoming..and professional..ive my lovely dog and cat taken good care of here..
All staff go above and beyond kindness to McCaffrey and myself. Be lost without St Francis
Great place with decent & knowledgeable staff.
Lovely atmosphere and very friendly staff. Happy cat and owner 🙂
Taught they were very good
I’ve been using this veterinary practice over the years for my cats and dog, their services are second to none, wouldn’t go anywhere else
Magda, a vet we have only just met, with our dog is absolutely amazing. Already, our dog is much better and still not fully treated.
St Francis vet is great they looked after both my dogs and would highly recommend them to anyone. They explain everything to you very well. Thanks guys for taken care of Fifi and Tiny for us.
Love going to St frances with my mam dog angle they are so nice there and so helpful and great with ur dog give u peace of mind tks St Francis vet🐶🐶😍
Great place to bring your pet for medical needs. Lovely staff so kind to our dog who shakes when he turns the corner tobthe practise but, they put him at ease and is wagging his tail by the end of appointment..
Really good the best!
St. Francis have been nothing but fantastic to deal with. You can tell that they really care about the animals and are extremely invested.Paige- who dealt with us is an absolute lady, she was brilliant with our Miss Rosa
Always caring, can't fault any of the staff or vets. Delighted I moved to them.
So happy to have learned about St Francis. Both the nurses and vets are super caring and helpful and really go out of their way to care for your pets. Great atmosphere in the clinic too. It’s a long way for us to travel (we live in Ringsend) but will definitely bring our furry babies here again when they need medical care.
Very friendly and helpful staff
Great service, so clear in their advice and genuine care towards pets. Thankyou.
Brilliant staff, communicated with me all day after I left my pet in to be neutered.
the best vets around. they are *all* amazing, from the veterinary nurses, to the vet. ^_^ they will look after your furbaby, 100% ♡♡♡ . thank you to the whole team , you guys are fantastic.
What a fantastic service for pets and their owners. My kitten was spayed with St Francis through CDPA. Staff are helpful, friendly and really care for the animals. I ended up getting my kitten microchipped and wormed whilst being spayed. So glad I did for peace of mind.St Francis provides a valuable cost effective service such a great amenity for pet owners and I am so grateful to have come across them.
Great Vet's and nurses they love what they do and it shows true how they interact with customers and their pets.
Amazing team here. Great they support the CDPA cats also
Friendly staff and very reliable service
St Francis is a god sent to animal owners. I brought my male kitten to the clinic this week to be neutered and they did such a great job. I was told by the female vet that my little one may be sleepy when he got home as sometimes they can be a little drowsy after surgery. HOWEVER, they did such an amazing job it’s like he never even got surgery. I was shocked. I was expecting a peaceful night, kick back my feet in the air and have the kitten sleep for the night - but in fact it was the complete opposite. The little one literally exhibited crazy behaviour, scaling up and down the curtains and having the zoomies all night, running all around the rooms, he was so hyper and energetic I was tired of looking at him and when I was about to fall asleep …. Well he decided to jump on my brand new flat screen tv and smashed it 😩 I’m guessing the anaesthetic was still wearing off 🤷‍♀️ He’s never touched my tv but it was a crazy night 😅🥹 I read up on it and apparently some cats go mad after after all he did get bits chopped I suppose 😇 the staff are so friendly and caring. If you go through any animal organisations channels you can get the cats microchipped while in surgery and they’re incredible prices, even if your not going through any organisations. They give you times to collect the animal, be sure to be there on time as it can get extremely busy and closes at 3pm for lunch until 4pm. And if you want definitely give the staff some biscuits, or sweets to say thanks as they really work hard.
We have recently moved to inchicore and am so happy with the care given to our dog Tilly when she became unwell. Tilly was given 100 % care and advice to get her back to health. Thank you 💌💌
Got my dog Socks, wormed, flea and tick sorted. Had to get her to eat it but notice a difference in her.They were very helpful, because I used the vet before, I was able to buy the tablet for my dog. Better than the tablets you get in supermarkets. So five stars.
My male cat was neutered here. He was a little calm the first day. He is very good right now. As if nothing has happened. Thank you 🙏🏼
Really caring staff. My cat was very well looked after there.
Very professional and helpfulLovely staff
Very friendly staff, I go to them with my foster cats from CDPA, always able to answer any questions I had
Excellent staff, service is great.
The Staff at St.Francis Dispencery are Wonderful. My dog recently had surgery, and Aoife looked after Lola. I would highly recommend them.
My cat was given the best of care here. She had quite a nasty open wound and I called and they were able to accommodate a couple of hours later and stitched her up same day! Great follow-up appointments and the value is second to none. Can't recommend enough and will be donating as this local service is so important.
Such a lovely vet / team always look after my dog so well ....i wouldnt bring him anywhere else 🙂
Response from the owner: Thank you
I found them warm and friendly making every effort to help. My little dog was spayed there and they refused to take any money for removal of her stitches. Wholeheartedly reccomend them.

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