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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Life of a Vet returns to RTÉ featuring 3 practitioners

RTÉ Irish language series, Saol an Tréidlia (Life of a Vet), returns to our screens this week for a second season, to follow the action-packed professional lives of three West Coast vets.

This four-part observational documentary takes us into the heart of the communities each of the vets look after, from rural and urban Limerick to Connemara, Barna and the Aran Islands in Galway and follows the challenges they face when treating patients.

Three vets, Emma Ní Lochlainn, John Mulligan, and Liam Ó Fhloinn, deal with a range of unpredictable and emotional cases, taking challenging decisions which impact animals and owners alike.

Whether it is a kitten or a bull, a racehorse or a donkey, our vets face every case with compassion, care, and a heap of good humour.

Tune into the new series of Saol an Tréidlia on Friday, November 4th at 8.30 pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.

In our next news article, That’s Farming will profile the stars of this series.

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Veterinary medicine

That’s Farming has a regular veterinary medicine segment, where we profile small, large, mixed, and equine vets.

In the last segment, we spoke to Aoife Ferris (27), who is a vet originally from west Limerick, but now practicing in Co Fermanagh.

She told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“I am from a small village called Ballysteen in west Limerick. More recently, I have been living and working in Co. Fermanagh for over five years for Lakeland Veterinary Services in Belleek and have no plans to leave the county.

I come from a farming background on both sides of my family and grew up on a suckler farm and spent summers with my childminders on their sheep and suckler farm.

To be honest, I was unsure what I wanted to do after school. I knew what I did not want to do.

Having seen practice with my local vets, Raymond Fitzell and Derek Long, I was set on veterinary medicine at UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, Dublin, thereafter.

I graduated with an M.V.B degree in veterinary medicine in 2017, having enrolled in the course in 2012.

There is only one university that offers a degree in veterinary medicine on the island of Ireland, so it was the only option for me applying through the CAO.

I was very young, starting college – I completed my Leaving Certificate at 16 and turned 17 that summer. I was 17 when I moved to Dublin and started studying at UCD to become a vet.

Since I qualified, I have worked in Lakeland Veterinary Services. We are a truly mixed practice. For the first three years, I mainly did large animal work with routine small animal work also.”

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