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January 2016
Day-to-day diversity in mixed practice
Eithne Leahy, a mixed-animal vet in the midlands, tells Oonagh OíMahony that, despite the long hours, veterinary practice is hugely rewarding

December 2016
Creating connections
Dr Michael Doherty, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin and professor of veterinary clinical studies, discusses his influential Inishowen beginnings with Shauna Rahman, and his journey along the road to the dean’s office

September 2016
Supporting the New Zealand cow
New Zealand veterinarian Claire Nicholson BVSc, chief executive and founder, Sirona Animal Health Partners, discusses milk prices and dairy farming in New Zealand with Matt O'Keeffe

August 2016

A true 'vet'eran
Professor Grace Mulcahy MVB PhD MRCVS, may be stepping down after 10 years as dean at UCD's School of Veterinary Medicine, but she is adamant that the School will continue to step up and maintain its world-class status on the global veterinary stage; she discusses the challenges facing graduates and the key developments since she ventured into the veterinary profession, with Shauna Rahman

Finding the right balance

Managing professional and family life can be a delicate balancing act for vets, but equine vet Andrea Ryan and her family seem to have found the right equation. She talks to Kennas Fitzsimons about dealing with unpredictability in working hours, the increasing feminisation of the profession, and the challenges facing practice in the future

July 2016

The World Buiatrics Congress 2016
This year, Veterinary Ireland has the important role of hosting the World Buiatrics Congress (WBC 2016), held from July 3-8 in the Convention Centre Dublin. Michael Sexton and Kevin O'Farrell, Local Organising Committee for WBC 2016, give a detailed overview of the Congress; while Professor Michael Doherty (WBC Scientific Committee Chair), previews the WBC's Scientific Programme key presentations

June 2016
International Pig Veterinary Symposium 2016

Pat Kirwan MVB CertPM, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, and former President of Veterinary Ireland, presents a detailed preview of the 24th International Pig Veterinary Congress and 8th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management, taking place from June 7-10, 2016, at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Dublin

September 2015
Thirty years in practice

Pete Wedderburn is one of the best-known vets in Ireland. He's probably done as much as anyone to raise the profide of the profession in this country

August 2015
From Kanturk to Budapest...and back again

With a family heritage in farming and veterinary medicine, Eamon O Floinn had his sights set on a career as a vet from an early age. He tells Kennas Fitzsimons about his journey to get there

April 2016
Straight from the horse's mouth

After a decade as team veterinarian for the Irish show jumping and eventing teams, Marcus Swail stepped down in 2013 to focus on his veterinary practice, which specialises in lameness and performance loss in sport horses and race horses