About us


Our history

Cromlyn House Veterinary Clinic was founded by Chris and Lynn Heffron in 1985. The practice was initially based in one of the old terraced buildings in the Main Street of the pretty Georgian village of Hillsborough in County Down. At this time the practice looked after both small animals and horses. As the practice expanded it became apparent that maintaining a service to both small animal and equine clients was increasingly more difficult and we decided to become an entirely small animal practice and to move out of the centre of the village to make it more convenient for both clients and patients.

In 2002 the new purpose-built Cromlyn House Veterinary Hospital opened at the junction of the Old Coach Road and the Dromara Road.

Cromlyn House Veterinary Hospital today

Cromlyn House is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Tier 3 Small Animal Hospital. To attain this status the practice underwent a rigorous examination of our standards and we are proud to be one of only three RCVS Hospitals in Northern Ireland. The hospital is a bright user-friendly building with the most up-to-date equipment and technology for diagnosis and treatment. Our in-house laboratory enables us to analyse blood, urine and cytology samples accurately and quickly, avoiding undue delay and our diagnostic abilities are aided by sophisticated X-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy equipment.

Dedicated surgical and dental theatres are complemented by comfortable dog and cat wards and 24 hour, seven day nursing care by our team of RCVS registered veterinary nurses.

We endeavour to provide the highest standard of care for our patients and to treat them with dignity and respect at all times, to minimise stress and pain by using modern sedation and analgesic drugs when appropriate and to keep owners fully informed.

Cromlyn House Veterinary Clinic

In September 2011 we opened our branch practice Cromlyn House Veterinary Clinic (formerly named Petvets Healthcare) in the Bentrim Centre, Lisburn. Our veterinary surgeons from Cromlyn House consult here and it is open all day for clients to call into. It has become very busy with a wide variation of pets seen. If your pet requires surgery or further investigation we transport them to our Hospital in Hillsborough in our Animal Ambulance.

We have an ongoing programme of client education through monthly newsletters, puppy parties and client evenings and open-days at which clients are able see behind the scenes in a busy modern veterinary hospital.

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