Some information about the lecturers who will be attending PVE 2019
Professor Michael G Diskin
Professor Michael G Diskin is a Senior Principal Research Officer, Enterprise Leader for Sheep working closely with research staff to deliver the sheep research programme at Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway. He is also Head of the Animal and Bioscience Research Department which encompasses studies on nutrition, fertility, breeding, health and welfare, all focussed on producing profitable animals. The Department uses a powerful combination of established animal science, cutting-edge molecular and computational biology tools, to answer relevant industry research questions affecting sustainable dairy, beef and sheep production. His research areas include: embryo survival in cattle, nutrition and reproduction, oestrous cycle control, options for finishing hill lambs and meat quality in lambs. Michael holds and Honours B.Agr. Sc and PhD and is Adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin. Has extensive national and international collaborations, is a member of editorial board of Animal Reproduction Science, International Standing Committee of ICAR and ad-hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He has published 125 peer reviewed scientific papers.
Growing up on a beef & sheep farm in Annacurra Co. Wicklow, Patrick O’Neill qualified from UCD Veterinary College in 2013. After graduation, Patrick worked in a busy mixed, predominantly large animal, practice in snowy Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. Returning back to Ireland, he continued his career in practice working more with dairy cattle in Derry and Tipperary. Patrick joined Warburton Technology in November 2017. In this role he has spoken about the importance of trace mineral supplementation at events in Ireland, the UK, France, UAE, Australia & America.
Roger Blowey BSc, BVSc, FRCVS, FRAgS, RCVS
Specialist in Cattle (dairy) and now self-employed, Roger Blowey was formerly a partner in an 11-person mixed practice in Gloucester, UK, and has spent over 40 years involved with farm animal medicine, specialising in lameness and mastitis in dairy cattle, and a range of health issues in pigs. He is a well-known speaker both at home and overseas, the author of a range of scientific papers and several textbooks, including A Color Atlas of Diseases of Cattle, Cattle Lameness and Hoofcare, and The Veterinary Book for Dairy Farmers.
Ms. Suzanne Naughton works as a Technical Advisor (Mixed species including ruminants and horses) for a territory comprising the midlands area of Ireland. In this role Suzanne is responsible for technical support of the Company’s ruminant and equine range. Suzanne graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from U.C.D. in 2012. Since then she has acquired more than five years of experience in practice both in the U.K. and Ireland, most recently in counties Kildare and Kilkenny. During her time in practice Suzanne developed a keen interest in preventative medicine. In 2017 Suzanne joined industry and has gained experience in customer support undertaking a technical advisory role in the Ruminant business unit of MSD Animal Health. In addition to international travel (volunteering in 2014 with the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust) Suzanne also enjoys horse riding and skiing.
Emmet graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from UCD in 2012. He spent three years in mixed animal practice on the Welsh Borders in the United Kingdom before returning to Ireland to work for two years in a farm animal practice in Trim, County Meath. In 2017, he embarked on a Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medical Specialisation (DVMS) and a residency in ruminant reproduction with the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR). As part of this role, he teaches veterinary studies the core competencies of farm animal reproduction, conducts routine monitoring of herd health and fertility on a select number of farms in County Kildare and Wicklow and investigates herds with health and fertility issues. His areas of research interest are in uterine disease and oestrus detection efficiencies in grazing dairy cows.
James O’Shaughnessy graduated as a veterinary surgeon from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2000. After graduation, he spent ten years working in farm animal practice both in the UK and Ireland. In 2010, he enrolled as a postgraduate student in UCD and was subsequently awarded a PhD. Much of his PhD was focused on parasite control in cattle. After working in the UCD veterinary school as a Teaching Fellow in 2015, he joined the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in 2016 as a Research Officer. Presently, he is also enrolled as a resident with the European Veterinary Parasitology College and is chairperson of the Animal Health Ireland Parasite Control Technical Working Group.
Kevin R. Callan B.L.
Kevin received an Honours Degree in Irish Law from Nottingham Trent University and Griffith College, Dublin before studying at Kings Inns Dublin where he received the Degree of Barrister at Law. Following on from his time in Kings Inns, Kevin took the call to the Bar of Ireland.
A member of the Law Library since 2007, Kevin Callan has worked as a private practising barrister in areas of Employment Law, Contract Law, Arbitration, Civil and Criminal practice and has also worked for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Kevin’s main area of practice is Civil Law and he regularly consults with employers in respect of Employment Law matters and represents employers in the Employment Appeals Tribunal. In his role as Counsel he has a vast knowledge of representing the State, SMEs and larger corporate bodies and charitable organisations and of providing legal advice. Kevin has extensive experience in dealing with employment matters, and matters relating to business, finance and all form of commercial documentation. Kevin works with Peninsula as a consultant and gives detailed seminars on Employment Law to Employers in every part of the Irish jurisdiction. Kevin also sits on the Board of Directors of several charitable organisations within the jurisdiction and acts as legal advisor to these boards dealing with a wide range of legal issues.
Vera Lichtenhahn, born in Germany, studied Veterinary Medicine at the LMU, Munich, Germany from 2008- 2014. Vera has experience working in Int. Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic, Hamburg, Germany as well as working as an Independent Animal Chiropractic Practitioner. Vera is a successful Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon at Glenia Veterinary Clinic, Galway. She has worldwide experience from education in the US, working in South Africa, training in the UK as well as her experience in both Ireland and Germany. Vera has conducted intense research for her Doctoral Thesis in MRI based diagnostic imaging at Vetsuisse Faculty, UZH, Switzerland. She has carried out an in-depth evaluation of lumbosacral foraminal stenosis as guideline for surgical decompression – neuropathological findings in MRI Diagnostic and its correlation to clinical examination.
Fiona Linnane RVN
Fiona qualified from the R.C.V.S. in 1998. She spent a year working in a veterinary hospital in the U.S. before returning to Galway. In 2000 she started working in a mixed practice in Galway where she worked for 18 years and during her time there became Head Nurse and VN tutor. From 2008-2011 Fiona did part-time lecturing in Athlone Institute of Technology on the BSc veterinary nursing course. During her time in AIT she lectured on the theory and practical elements of the general nursing, diagnostic imaging and surgical nursing modules. She also participated in the design and construction of new programmes. Fiona also provides articles on animal health for a number of publications and has a QQI award in training delivery and evaluation. She also feels very fortunate to be currently involved in professional bodies such as VCI and ACOVENE at committee level.