Tommy The Vet: My Story
A Lifelong Ambition
At the age of six, I saw my first cow calving on my grand uncle’s small farm in Co Kerry. This memory is etched in my mind and sparked my fascination with farming and farm animals.
Loving agriculture is almost something that goes deep into your soul. My interests are not just in farming but in Irish food and agriculture. My personal experiences also of engaging in learning and trying to make myself better drive me to do the same for others.
Animal agriculture has many challenges but I also feel there are huge opportunities for this vibrant and exciting industry. I want to play my part over the coming years in “helping to make farming better”.
I take into account my own life experiences into everything I do and say. Running a business and being a father to 5 young children, I know first-hand there are lots of things we should do but sometimes life can get in the way.
I have had some incredible experiences over the last 18 years of my working life. Running a large mixed animal veterinary practice in Co Wicklow. obtaining a graduate certificate in dairy herd health from UCD and becoming a master cowsignals trainer. I was also lucky to get a Nuffield international farming scholarship in 2018. I worked for 16 months as an animal health specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal and also in various roles as a veterinary consultant.
Now in 2020, I am starting again by setting up my own consultancy company working with Industry vets and farmers.
Also for me, none of this would be possible without the love and support of my amazing wife Julie.
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