28th & 29th April 2022

Fota Island Resort, Cork, Ireland

VetCon Debate

At 11.15am on Thursday 28th April at Fota Island Resort, Cork, the VetCon Debate will take place. The debate will also be live-streamed for Virtual Delegate ticket holders.

"The Future of Veterinary Practice in Ireland" - a solutions-focused debate hosted by broadcaster, entrepreneur and politician Ivan Yates.

Ivan Yates at VetCon

Ivan Yates to chair the VetCon Debate

A first for the veterinary profession in Ireland: veterinary professionals, veterinary organisations, and the wider veterinary industry will congregate for a debate at VetCon to discuss the future of veterinary practice in Ireland.

Up for discussion:

  • How can veterinary practices sustainably service farmers and pet owners in rural Ireland?
  • Is there an alternative to the current model of large animal practice in Ireland?
  • How can new and recent graduates have long, fulfilling careers in clinical veterinary practice?
  • How do corporate veterinary groups influence the future of veterinary practices in Ireland?
  • Who can implement positive change for members of the veterinary profession?

Let your voice be heard. Have your say. Become part of the solution. Help bring positive change to the Irish veterinary profession.

Debate Panelists

Professor Michael Doherty, Dean of UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

Michael Doherty, Dean of UCD vet college

Dr Michael Doherty, Dean of UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Michael Doherty is Dean and Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin. An Executive Member of Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and former Chair of the AHI Technical Working Group on the control of BVD, he is currently involved along with UCD colleagues in the promotion and development of national dairy herd health programmes in Ireland and online delivery of postgraduate education in dairy herd health. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Open-access Irish Veterinary Journal within BioMed Central. Dr. Doherty is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), representing Region 1 countries (Ireland, UK, Netherlands).





Associate Professor Vivienne Duggan, President of the Veterinary Council of Ireland

President of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, Vivienne Duggan

Associate Professor Vivienne Duggan, president of VCI

Assoc Prof Vivienne Duggan is currently Head of Section of Equine Clinical Studies, Diagnostic Imaging and Anaesthesia and works as a senior equine clinician in the UCD Veterinary Hospital. Vivienne is active nationally and internationally with equine and veterinary stakeholders. She joined Veterinary Ireland (VI), the representative body for veterinary practitioners, in 2007. After a term as Equine Chair, and having represented Ireland at the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA), she was elected President of VI in 2014. She continues to support the equine veterinary sector in a number of national fora including the Irish Equine Veterinary Association. She is active in the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, serving on its exam committee from 2018-2021. She was nominated to the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), the regulatory body for veterinary practitioners in Ireland in 2018 and has now completed one 4-year term, chairing first the Veterinary Education and Training committee, and subsequently the Legislation, Ethics and Monitoring committee. She was immensely honoured to have been elected to the role of President of the VCI in January 2022.




Dr Joe Collins, President of Veterinary Ireland.

Dr Joe Collins president of Veterinary Ireland

Dr Joe Collins, President of Veterinary Ireland

As well as his role as president of Veterinary Ireland, Dr Collins is also Chief Veterinary Advisor (Europe) at The Donkey Sanctuary, he is on the board of directors at the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority) and is chair of its advisory committee on veterinary medicines. He is also a member of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare and chair of associated equine welfare groups.







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