The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until July 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services provide a statutory, advisory and administrative role relating to matters of veterinary public health and responsible animal ownership & management. Veterinary Services is also responsible for carrying out functions in relation to food protection and the implementation of the terms and conditions of the Service Contract between the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Offaly County Council.

The Veterinary Services team deals with the following issues:

  1. Food Safety and the welfare of animals prior to slaughter in abattoirs
  2. Offaly County Council administers the Control of Dogs Act and currently employs 1 full time Dog Warden. The Dog pounds is located in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
  3. Offaly County Council administers the Control of Horses Act

In general, Offaly County Council is concerned with the welfare of all animals and will take any reports of abuse of animal welfare very seriously. The Veterinary Officer of Offaly County Council liaises on an ongoing basis with the Garda Síochána, Department of Agriculture veterinary staff & the ISPCA.


Veterinary Services - Useful Links


  • Dog Control Overview:

  • Statistics on Stray Dog Population in Ireland & Operation of Pounds:

  • Horse Control Overview:

  • Meat Plants approved by Local Authorities:

  •  Dog Pound Location

Cappincur, Tullamore, County Offaly