Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies in the School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin. He is the Past-President and board member of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM), a veterinary speciality organization approved by the European Board of Veterinary Specialization (EBVS).
He is the EBVS national representative for Ireland. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, his background is in cattle practice including a period at the University of Glasgow's teaching unit. He has managed many funded clinical research programmes including studies of herd health in conventional and organic Irish dairy herds and he led the UCD clinical team on a EU-funded programme on TSE surveillance.
As Dean for Teaching and Learning at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, he managed significant curricular transformation, particularly in the context of a rapidly changing agricultural industry. Along with colleagues in the UCD Herd Health Group, he has recently coordinated the development of an innovative distance-learning graduate certificate in dairy herd health for veterinary practitioners.
An executive member of Animal Health Ireland, he is actively involved along with UCD colleagues in the promotion and development of national dairy herd health programmes in Ireland.