Pat qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a veterinary surgeon with wide experience in both Senior Management of the State Veterinary Service and in general Veterinary Practice in Ireland.
For over 15 years Pat held national responsibility for enforcement of agriculture legislation particularly, though not exclusively, in relation to the illegal use of veterinary medicines and other substances in animal production. He has wide experience in the policy and implementation of legislation pertaining to animal diseases, animal welfare, animal breeding, and zoonoses. He was also responsible for the investigation of non-compliance and prosecution of offenders.
Pat played a leading role in the investigation and management of a number of exotic disease outbreaks including Foot and Mouth in 2001, Equine Viral Ateritis in 2006 and Piroplasmosis in 2009. Similarly, in 2008, he was directly involved in managing the investigation, control and resolution of the Dioxin crisis in the pig and beef sectors.
As Ireland’s national expert on veterinary medicines Pat audited veterinary medicines compliance in other Member States including Bulgaria, Germany and Denmark with the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission. He also represented Ireland in the most recent European Commission review of veterinary medicines legislation in Brussels.
Pat is a member of the Irish Medicines Board. He chairs the Advisory Committee on Veterinary Medicines and has served as a member of the Poison Council of Ireland.
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