NOAH North West Ireland Specialist Vets provides an orthopaedic referral service for injured or ill dogs and cats in Northern Ireland.
NOAH North West Ireland Specialist Vet, based in Derry, is a Veterinary Specialist Hospital serving all North West Ireland including Derry, Coleraine, Limavady, Omagh, Strabane, Letterkenny, Donegal and all the county areas. Our mission is to return your pet as near to their previous state of health before they were injured or became ill. To do this we provide a commitment to do everything we can using our expert facilities and specialist staff to achieve this.

NOAH North West Ireland Specialist Vets is part of the McCartney Vets group which also includes NOAH DublinMalahide Veterinary ClinicAmyLara Veterinary Clinic in Artane in the Republic of Ireland and Bessbrook Vet Clinic in Co. Down Northern Ireland. The clinics are owned and operated by Dr W McCartney FRCVS.

How We Work

Sick, injured or disabled Pets from any area in the North West of Ireland are referred from their own veterinary surgeon usually by email or telephone call between each surgeon. Your local North West veterinary surgeon that refers your pet will need to be kept fully informed of all the treatments and operations as they will be involved in the postoperative care. As each pet can have a different level of priority of operation we will admit cases on an appointment basis only.

Pets with critical illnesses will be given priority and will be admitted and operated on as soon as possible working from a priority care list for each day. This streamlining of cases ensures that your pet is treated in the fastest way possible.

Dr William McCartney

MVB, Dipl ECVS, DSAS (Orth), PhD, MRCVS.

Dr William McCartney

Dr McCartney is a RCVS recognised specialist in small animal orthopaedics and a European Recognised Specialist in small animal surgery. Dr McCartney hails from Derry himself and is delighted to offer a specialist service in the North West. 

The team at NOAH North West Ireland Specialist Vets is led by Dr William McCartney is the principal surgeon, with over 68 peer reviewed publications in these areas of expertise. Dr McCartney is a pioneer in veterinary surgery having performed total hip replacements since 1990, and was the first to do total elbow replacements and total knee replacement in Ireland. As a routine spinal surgery, fracture and joint surgery have been routinely performed since 1992 in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

See Dr McCartney’s publications →


Emergencies will always be dealt with as a priority. In the case of emergencies, please call ahead on 0818 25 9998 when possible so that staff and necessary equipment will be ready for your arrival.

Out of Hours Emergency

Outside of normal hours use our dedicated emergency number: