Crossmaglen Vets prove popular

November 20, 2012

Cross Veterinary Clinic in Crossmaglen, which opened in January this year, is certainly proving popular with farmers and pet owners throughout rural south Armagh, and the surrounding area.

Thanks to the initiative of two well-known local vets, Pat Flanagan and Michael McCreesh, this landscape of family farms and small settlements now has a practice in the heart of the community.

Located on the Dundalk Road, opposite Crossmaglen Rangers GFC, the modern practice premises is only a few minutes from the village square and offers convenient parking for pet owners and farmers alike.

Partner Pat Flanagan, a graduate of University College Dublin, explained how, upon identifying a ”clear need” for a practice in the heart of the area, the decision to open the new practice in Crossmaglen, was the “next logical step.”

For fellow vet, Michael McCreesh, Cross Veterinary Clinic meant coming back home after working in Carickmacross and Kilkeel since graduating from Liverpool University veterinary school almost six years ago.

As Michael explained, both practice partners are highly experienced yet open to new ideas as regards preventing and treating illnesses in both farm animals and pets.  He maintains that local knowledge has been a major advantage for both vets, when responding to urgent calls, and that providing on-going advice to farmers, in addition to dealing with emergencies, is an increasing part of their workload.

The companion animal side of the new practice has also flourished, with more and more owners seeking advice on their pet’s health.  Reflecting this interest, the clinic is linked with the Dog’s Trust and Cat’s Protection.

The practice also boasts the latest technology in animal healthcare with state of the art ultra sound scanning equipment and a fully equipped operating theatre with xray and blood testing facilities for routine and elective small animal surgery.

Cross Veterinary Clinic offers good old fashioned, speedy service from the heart of our local community using the very latest techniques, for farmers and pet owners alike.

Vets at the practice are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be contacted in an emergency on  (028) 3086 8848.  Small animal consultation appointments are also available from 4.30pm to 6pm weekdays and 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays.

For clients requiring animal health products the practice reception and retail area is open from 9am to 6pm during the week, closing at 5pm on Saturdays.