Statistical Geneticist, Teagasc Moorepark
Donagh Berry is a statistical geneticist at Teagasc, Moorepark and holds professorship appointments at several institutes both nationally and internationally; he is also director of the SFI VistaMilk Research Centre. Following his bachelor degree in agricultural science at UCD, he undertook a PhD in dairy cattle genetics in Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In his Teagasc capacity, he is responsible for the research on genetics in dairy cattle and is responsible for the development and implementation of genomic evaluations in dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep in Ireland. As director of VistaMilk, he leads a team of more than 200 scientists in the development and deployment of digital technologies in precision dairy production.
RCVS and EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
RCVS and EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and AnalgesiaBVSc CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS
Carl graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2002 and after a few years in mixed practice undertook a residency in anaesthesia and intensive care at The Royal Veterinary College. He has worked in both private and university specialist practice and until recently worked as an independent anaesthesia consultant until joining Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in October 2018.
Carl is an RCVS Recognised Specialist and an EBVS European Veterinary Specialist and is the current President of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. His main areas of interest are the use of local anaesthetic techniques in pain management and monitoring of ventilation.
Specialist in Small Animal Medicine, Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital
Sheila qualified from University College Dublin in 1997. After three years in small animal practice in England, she returned to UCD to undertake a residency in small animal internal medicine. After completing her residency Sheila attained a Diploma from the European College of Internal Medicine and became lecturer in small animal medicine in UCD. Sheila has particular interest in haematological diseases and angiostrongylosis.
Manging partner, HLB Sheehan Quinn
Mark is an expert in strategic planning, successfully advising domestic and international businesses across a number of sectors. The veterinary sector is one of Mark’s key areas of expertise. Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, with approximately 20 years’ experience in practice.
European Specialist in Bovine Health Management, UCD
Catherine qualified in 2011 and worked in mixed practice in Ireland for 3 years before returning to UCD to undertake a residency program in UCD Herd Health Department. In 2017 Catherine successfully passed her European board examinations and is a European Specialist in Bovine Health Management. Catherine is also an RCVS recognised specialist in cattle health and production. She currently is working as an assistant professor in UCD section of herd health and animal husbandry.
Veterinary Inspector (Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine)
Áine qualified from the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Following graduation, she travelled to École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France, to undertake a veterinary internship in farm animal practice, herd health and necropsy examination. Motivated by a keen interest in novel emerging pathogens of livestock concern, she returned to Ireland in 2014 to undertake a PhD with the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and Teagasc on Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in Irish dairy herds, with a special focus on the epidemiology, virology and entomology of this virus. Áine’s research interests also include other novel emerging viruses such as bluetongue virus (BTV). After completing her PhD, she took up the position of Veterinary Inspector with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine in 2017; she currently works with the Veterinary Public Health Inspection Service and is based in Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
VDS Training Consultant
VDS Training ConsultantBVetMed (Hons), MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip Coaching, Dip Stress Management and Wellbeing, MRCVS
Carolyne is an experienced equine vet, an award winning personal performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher and lecturer.
Carolyne has a Masters degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing and continues to do research in veterinary team health, wellbeing, performance and engagement. She is a master trainer in DISC behavioural profiling, a CPCAB trainer in Stress management and Wellbeing, a certified trainer in Resilience, a Mental Health First Aider and an Honorary Lecturer of the University of Liverpool.
After successfully running her coaching and training business for several years, Carolyne works as a training consultant with the VDS Training team; developing, training and coaching individuals, teams and practices to be the best they can be and to thrive both personally and professionally.
Loving a challenge, in 2017, Carolyne ran 10 marathons in 10 days raising over £18,000 for the Brooke charity.
Veterinary Dermatologist, Skinvet Ireland
Kathryn graduated from University College Dublin in 2011. She spent four years working in small animal practice in the UK before returning home to Ireland in 2015. Kathryn has always had a special interest in veterinary dermatology, and began further study in dermatology with the University of Liverpool in 2013. In 2016, she achieved her certificate in advanced veterinary practice in veterinary dermatology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Kathryn is an active member of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group. In 2016, Kathryn established Skinvet Ireland, a dedicated dermatology referral service for pets in Ireland, with clinics in Cork and Limerick.
Managing Director, Village Vets
Charles Cosgrave is MD with Village Vets. Village Vets was set up by his father Karl and is now owned by Charles and his sister Julianne. All three are Vets making Village Vets a second generation family owned veterinary practice. They have ten standalone small animal clinics around Meath and Dublin, employing 85 vets & nurses. Village Vets operate Ireland’s largest small animal CPD program including their bespoke ‘Future Leaders’ course which is business & management training for vets, nurses & receptionists working in veterinary practice.
American, European, RCVS and VCI Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, American and European Specialist in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Veterinary Specialists Ireland
American, European, RCVS and VCI Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, American and European Specialist in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Veterinary Specialists IrelandMVB MS DACVS-SA DECVS DACVSMR DECVSMR MRCVS
Laura graduated from University College Dublin in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a Masters of Science and residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida (UF). In 2013, Laura joined University College Dublin as Assistant Professor in Small Animal Surgery. She was welcomed as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) in 2014, and as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2015 and European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ECVSMR) in 2018. Laura currently offers specialist services in small animal surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation in private referral clinics in Ireland and the UK.
Laura is actively involved in teaching and regularly delivers lectures and practical workshops nationally and internationally. Her research interests include orthopaedic biomechanics, specifically relating to medial coronoid disease in dogs, as well as teaching and proficiency assessment in minimally-invasive procedures. Laura maintains a strong interest in all aspects of orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurologic and oncologic surgery, however, her main clinical interests reflect her advanced training at UF in minimally-invasive techniques, traumatology and rehabilitation of the post-operative patient.
Head Theatre Nurse, Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital
Mairead graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from University College Dublin in 2004. She attained a Diploma in Higher Education Clinical Veterinary Nursing from Myerscough College in 2012, and followed this with an RCVS Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. She is currently studying towards a VTS surgical qualification.
Mairead currently works as Head Theatre Nurse at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, where she is responsible for the surgical nursing care of referral orthopaedic & soft tissue cases. She has worked for Gilabbey for the past seventeen years, playing a central role in their growth from a small mixed practice to a major referral centre. She enjoys all aspects of surgical nursing, and has a particular interest in anaesthesia and the care of spinal and orthopaedic patients.
Mairead is the proud owner of two cats, Frank and Louis, and Noodle the dog, all of whom found their way to her through the doors of Gilabbey.
Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, University of Liverpool
Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, University of LiverpoolDVM MVM DipECVN FHEA MRCVS
Rita is an RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology. She completed her residency and obtained her Masters in Hearing Testing in Dogs whilst at the University of Glasgow. Rita then moved to the University of Liverpool where she is currently a Senior Lecturer and the head of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Service.
Animal Health Specialist, Irish Farmers Journal
Originally from Co. Kerry, Tommy qualified from UCD in 2002 and re-located to Co. Wicklow to work in mixed practice until 2017. Tommy completed the graduate certificate in dairy herd health and during this time also became a master CowSignals® trainer. Tommy was a practice owner from 2006-2017, and then went on to become a veterinary consultant, working with veterinary practitioners, farmers and industry stakeholders, until August 2018.
In 2018, Tommy was awarded a Nuffield scholarship. His scholarship topic, ‘the signals of success in dairy farming’, sets out to better understand the requirements of dairy animals, and apply them to current farming practices. Importantly, Tommy also wants to define and understand the motivators behind the people engaged with dairy farming, and help improve dairy farm productivity as a result.
Since September 2018, Tommy has taken up a full time role as the animal health specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal. This role will further complement his avid following across social media platforms, and encourage improved veterinary engagement with all members of agriculture and the animal health industry.
As well as spending time with his wife and family of four young children in Wicklow, Tommy’s key interests are in farm animal health programs, communicating with an audience, digital media, and effecting change within ourselves and in the industry.
Pig Industry Expert, McAuliffe Pig Farms
Shane’s family farm 2000 sows across modern high welfare production sites in Kerry, including Ireland’s first freedom farrowing commercial pig unit. Shane graduated from Cork Institute of Technology in 2011 with a BSc in Agriculture. A year later he graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with BSc Hons degree where his research focused on biosecurity practices on Irish pig farms. He then spent a year in Wales studying a post grad in Livestock Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
After returning to Ireland, Shane spent time working for Animal Health Ireland as their Technical Working Group Rapporteur and looking after marketing for Truly Irish Country Foods. In 2015, he joined Interchem as their Swine Technical Sales Manager where he spent 3 years selling, marketing and distributing their range of Ceva and HIPRA swine vaccines. He currently has a part time role with Easyfix Ireland as their International Swine Business Manager where he develops the market for their range of pig enrichment products worldwide. He a member of the Irish Farmer’s Association National Pigs and Pigmeat committee and is secretary of the Irish Pig Health Society. Shane is currently finishing a part time Masters in Intensive Livestock Health and Production at the Royal Veterinary College of London. He was the recipient of the Intensive Livestock Award at the All Star Animal Health Awards 2017, is ranked 2nd in Ireland on Alltech’s Top 500 Agvocate list and is listed as one of the Irish Farmer’s Journal ’30 under 30 in Irish agriculture for 2018′. His personal interests include pig health and welfare, with a focus on biosecurity and raising pigs without antibiotics.
Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Pet Eye Vet
Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Pet Eye VetV.N., BSc (Hons), BVSc., CertVOphthal., PG Dip. VAA, MRCVS
Lisa originally qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1995, obtaining the Aquapharm award for radiography and fluid therapy that same year. She subsequently obtained a degree in animal science from the University of London in 1999 and a degree in veterinary science from the University of Liverpool in 2003.
She also completed a Wellcome trust scholarship on feline herpes virus while at Liverpool in 2002. She spent 5 years in small animal referral hospitals in the UK before moving to Ireland, and completed her RCVS CertVOphthal in 2009.
She is currently in her final year of a Masters in Anaesthesia & Analgesia at the University of Edinburgh, and is due to graduate in 2019. Lisa has been taking ophthalmology referrals in Cork for ten years, and established peteyevet.ie in 2018, which offers peripatetic referral ophthalmic clinics in Munster.
Consultant Radiologist, Dick White Referrals
Micheál qualified from University College Dublin in 2012 with an honours degree in Veterinary Medicine, after which he moved to Canada where he worked in a 24 hour emergency and general practice. After two years Micheál started a rotating internship with the University of Calgary and the CARE Centre in Calgary, Canada.
He joined the Queens Veterinary School Hospital of the University of Cambridge as Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Diagnostic Imaging in 2015, passing the ECVDI theoretical examination in January 2018, completing the residency in June 2018, and passing the ECVDI practical examination in January 2019, becoming a European board certified Veterinary Radiologist. Following a short spell as a clinical radiologist in the University of Cambridge, he joined Dick White Referrals where he is now a consultant radiologist. Recent publications include a prospective research project entitled “Blood concentration of bupivacaine and duration of sensory and motor block following ultrasound-guided femoral and sciatic nerve blocks in dogs” and a number of case reports. Current research involves the prevalence of hiatal hernias in brachiocephalic breeds and the benefit of contrast-enhanced CT in its diagnosis.
Bovine Fertility Consultant, Riverview Veterinary Group
Cathal is a native of Co Cork and works with Riverview Veterinary Group in Bandon, Co Cork. Having qualified from UCD in 2011, he spent his first three years in mixed practice in Cornwall, U.K. After some time in mixed practice in Cork, he then focussed his attention on bovine fertility and gained significant experience in bovine reproductive ultrasonography.
Beyond his duties as co-director of VetCon Ireland, Cathal enjoys helping farmers maximise reproductive efficiency on their farms. He firmly believes in providing accurate reproductive ultrasonographic information to clients by utilising all available means of data and technology.
In September 2018, Cathal enrolled on the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction with University of Liverpool. He is currently conducting research as part of his dissertation.
A keen musician and sports enthusiast, Cathal enjoys life outside of work with his wife Kathryn, and their menagerie of pets and backyard hen flock.
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Emergency and Critical Care, Vets Now
Aoife O Sullivan
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Emergency and Critical Care, Vets NowMVB Cert AVP(ECC) MRCVS
Aoife O’Sullivan graduated from University College Dublin in 2001. Initially she spent a few years in equine, mixed practice and then small animal practice. She entered small animal emergency practice in 2006 at the Pet Emergency Hospital in Dublin and has worked in ECC ever since.
She joined Vets Now in 2009 becoming Senior Vet at Birmingham Vets Now, one of Vets Now’s busiest sites in 2010. Aoife has completed her CertAVP (ECC) and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in ECC. She was appointed Head of Edge Programmes for Vets Now in Jan 2014, leading Vets Now’s induction training programmes nationally.
Aoife also works part-time for Pet Blood Bank UK. Her hobbies include hiking and travelling.
Chartered Physiotherapist, Mid West Physiotherapy
Donnacha is a chartered physiotherapist and owner of Mid West Physiotherapy in Limerick – a private physiotherapy clinic dedicated to providing evidence-based physiotherapy, consultancy and training services to individuals and businesses throughout Ireland.
Donnacha’s main clinical interests include; back and neck pain, ergonomics, and the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Donnacha’s clients include leading multinational companies in the technological and medical devices manufacturing sectors, plus regional SMEs across all sectors. He works with these companies to minimise MSD risk factors and occurrences in their environments. Services include; on-site physiotherapy, musculoskeletal screening, fitness testing, ergonomic awareness training, ergonomic assessments and reports, case management advice and more.
EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition
Cecilia Villaverde Haro
EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative NutritionBVSc, PhD, DACVN, DECVCN
Cecilia obtained her veterinary degree in 2000, and her PhD in animal nutrition in 2005, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She worked as a post-doctoral researcher in feline nutrition at the University of California, Davis, where she also completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She is board certified in veterinary nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) and by the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) since 2010, and is president of ECVCN since 2016. She was an adjunct professor at the Departament de Ciència Animal i dels Aliments (UAB) and the chief of service of the UAB teaching hospital nutrition service from 2010 to 2016. After working as faculty at the Nutrition Support Service at University of California Davis for one year she is now a consultant in clinical nutrition for Expert Pet Nutrition (www.expertpetnutrition.com) and Veterinary Information Network (VIN). She is a member of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee and has written several articles and book chapters on the topic of companion animal nutrition.
Veterinary Management Consultant, VetMac
Seamus qualified from UCD in 1973. He worked in Donegal and Canada before buying a practice in Galway with a classmate and starting a partnership (called FitzGerald and McManus) in January 1977. The practice grew from 15% small animals to 100% by the end of 2014. In the interim, the partnership grew to four partners, and entered into another partnership with a neighbouring practice to form Oranvets in 2003. Seamus retired from practice at the end of 2016.
After retiring from practice, Seamus did a Diploma in Management Studies to help him through the first six months, and also with a view to offering some help to colleagues on the management of practice from an Irish veterinary perspective.
Seamus enjoyed both large and small animal practice, particularly the clinical side, and he prides himself on his positive relationships with colleagues and partners. He continues to have an abiding interest in the profession, especially from a wellbeing and sustainability point of view, and he believes the profession should be positively promoted at every opportunity.
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