Speakers


Mr Bill Callanan

Chief Agricultural Inspector with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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Chief Agricultural Inspector with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, he is responsible for the provision of advice on science and technology and its application to the agri-food sector. Leading the Agricultural Inspectorate, comprising professional experts across a number of disciplines, he ensures the necessary scientific expertise is available to the Department across its work areas. His role includes direct responsibility for environmental policy including water, climate and biodiversity and oversight of feed, fertiliser, animal breeding, crops, horticulture and pesticides work areas.

His is chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee set up under Food Wise 2025 strategy and graduated with a Masters Degree in Agricultural Science from UCD in 1992 and also holds a post-graduate diploma from the IPA.

Michael Moloney

Director of Origin Green and Quality Assurance in Bord Bia

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Michael Maloney is Director of Origin Green and Quality Assurance in Bord Bia. He is responsible for managing all of Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Schemes, and Origin Green, Ireland’s national sustainability programme. Michael was previously the CEO of An Bord Glas, and has been with Bord Bia since 2004 when An Bord Glas and Bord Bia merged. Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and a Master’s Degree in Animal Science.

Professor Martin Cormican

MB BCh BAO. 
National Clinical Lead for HCAI and AMR. Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway. Consultant Microbiologist

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Professor Martin Cormican graduated from NUI Galway Medical School in 1986. He trained in Ireland the UK and the USA and was appointed Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway and Consultant Microbiologist in 1999.  He is director of the GUH National Microbiology Reference Laboratory services, which include services for carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) and has recently been appointed as National Clinical Lead for HCAI and AMR to support and provide an urgent response to the epidemic spread of CPE.  His research interests include antibiotic resistance and food-borne infection. With colleagues, he established a Centre for Health from Environment at NUI Galway to promote research and advocacy on the central role of the environment in enabling people to live fulfilling and joyful lives.

Professor Claire Wathes

BSc PhD Dsc FRASE FRSB

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Professor Claire Wathes gained a first class degree in Zoology from the University of Birmingham followed, in 1978, by a PhD in dairy cow fertility at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professor Eric Lamming. Before joining the Royal Veterinary College in 1994, she worked for 10 years as a lecturer, then as a reader in the Department of Anatomy, University of Bristol; obtaining a DSc from Bristol in 1990. This was followed by four years in a research post at the Babraham Institute. At the RVC Professor Wathes has served on a variety of committees including a long spell as Chairman of the Graduate School Committee. As Head of the Reproduction and Development Group for 12 years, from 1995-2007, was active in promoting research in this area, which was assessed as internationally competitive in the last two Research Assessment Exercises. She also established an elective in Reproduction for final-year veterinary students. Externally she was Chairman of the BBSRC Steering Committee on ARK-Genomics from 2000-2008 and a member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board Veterinary Advisory Committee between 1997 and 2006. Professor Wathes is currently a member of the Animal Sector Committee of the Knowledge Transfer Network. She was awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) in 2006 with respect to her research on dairy cow fertility. In 2009 Professor Wathes was made a Guest Professor at Huazhong Agricultural University, China. She is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and of the Society of Biology.

Martin Kavanagh

MVB MRCVS Cert. DHH. 
Animal Health Consultant.

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Martin Kavanagh qualified as a veterinary surgeon from University College Dublin in 1993 and spent 14 years in mixed veterinary practice in south Tipperary. In 2007, he joined Richard Keenan and Co. Ltd as Veterinary Director which gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, and Australasia, developing practical solutions for feeding management for cow health. Since 2009, Martin directs Cow Solutions, an independent company providing cow and calf management system solutions, and troubleshooting production problems. He is a certified ‘Cow Signals® Master Trainer. 

He works with large herds in Ireland and Scandinavia developing management systems to reduce antibiotic usage.
Through ‘Munster Herd Health’ Martin is involved in a disease-monitoring scheme involving over 700 farms in the south of Ireland.
Also, his work allows him to interact with co-ops, discussion groups and the wider veterinary industry.
Recently, Martin has been engaged with development of agritechnology solutions with a number of companies and is increasingly involved in looking at new ways to improve animal welfare outcomes in intensive production units.
His goal is to communicate practical help and advice to improve the life of the animals, and the farmer, while respecting the needs of the consumer.

Hazel Mullins

BVM BVS

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Hazell graduated from Nottingham University in 2013 and returned home to work in mixed practice in Killarney. In 2015 she began working in Glasslyn Veterinary Clinic in Bandon. The Clinic was part of the XL Group where her interest in dairy work really grew. Hazell moved back home to near Cork City in 2018 to work in Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital where she continues to work as a Large Animal Vet as well as helping with the family dairy farm. Hazell is the past secretary of the Kerry Veterinary Clinical Society and is currently president of the Cork Veterinary Clinical Society. Hazell loves to travel and has exciting plans for 2018 that include a trip to Denmark and Texas, where cows will make a strong feature.

Mr Richard Dudgeon

Regional manager, Alltech Northern Ireland

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Richard Dudgeon graduated from University College Dublin with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Dudgeon joined Alltech in 2013 as a sales and technical support representative in Northern Ireland. In 2015, he was appointed as beef specialist, responsible for developing profitable beef production systems in Ireland and supporting the Irish sales team. Dudgeon has a strong background in beef production and a keen interest in improving the health and performance of beef cattle in Ireland. Currently, he is located in Northern Ireland, as regional sales manager, responsible for working with both farmers and feed industry customers in the region. He assists both dairy and beef farmers meet performance targets by finding solutions for problems they are faced with and working with industry customers to promote their products which include Alltech solutions.

Karin Mueller

RMVSc DCHP DECBHM MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Animal Husbandry & Reproduction, University of Liverpool

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Karin is an RCVS and European specialist in bovine health and a renowned camelid vet. She holds both the European and RCVS diploma in cattle health, as well as a MVSc in theriogenology. A German graduate, she has worked in private practice and academia in the UK and New Zealand.
Speaking and publishing regularly on ruminant and camelid medicine and involved in the CertAVP and DBR programmes, her interests span reproduction, internal medicine, abdominal surgery and animal husbandry. Her current research involves a major project on beef cattle lameness, facial expression pain scoring, and drone technology for animal monitoring. She co-authored the book Goat Medicine & Surgery published this summer.

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