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Grandin to speak at Mountbellew event honouring life of Ireland’s first female vet

World-renowned animal behaviorist, scientist and neurodiversity exponent, Professor Temple Grandin, will visit the west of Ireland next month for the Aleen Cust Centenary Conference.

The prominent proponent of the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter is the author of more than 60 scientific papers on animal behaviour.

She will visit the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Mountbellew on August 11th, 2022, to speak at the centenary conference honouring the life and work of Aleen Cust.

As reported by That’s Farming, Cust was the first woman to work as a veterinary surgeon in Ireland and Britain in the early 1900s.

Aleen Cust Centenary Conference on August 11th & 12th

Across 16 talks, vets, academics and historians will examine the life, times, pioneering work and death of Cust.

Galway, Roscommon and Tipperary County Council Heritage officers and the local Aleen Cust Memorial Society supported by Atlantic TU have organised the two-day event.

The public event coincides with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of fifty years of technological higher education in the west of Ireland.

MEP Maria Walsh will open the conference, and some of the other speakers over the two-day event include:

  • Professor Siobhan Mullan, first-ever Chair of Animal Welfare and Ethics at the UCD Vet school;
  • Meta Osborne, the female president of the Veterinary Council of Ireland;
  • Dr Orla Flynn, first president of Ireland’s newest university, Atlantic Technological University;
  • Mary Fanning, RTE producer of the Nationwide programme ‘In the footsteps of Aleen’;
  • Professor John Dalton, NUI Galway;
  • Michael Gottstein, Teagasc;
  • Dr Natashcha Meunier, Animal Health Ireland;
  • Local histoiran, Des Murnane of Tipperary;
  • Dr Laura Kelly of University of Strathclyde;
  • Dr Martina Moloney, Chairperson of the Heritage Council;
  • Dr Rita Gately and Dr Joanne Perry, vets with Galway Co Council;
  • Retired vet, Brendan Gardine
  • Veterinary surgeon, Elizabeth Clayton, Department of Agriculture;
  • Mary Burke, historian and Tuam Herald contributor;
  • Dr Carmel Connolly of NUI Galway.

Talks on the second day of the Centenary Conference, Friday, August 12th, are open to the public. To book your place, please see this link.

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