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VCI elects new president and deputy president

The Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) has appointed a new president and deputy president.

The VCI is the independent statutory body responsible for regulating the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the public interest and in the interests of animal health and welfare.

Veterinary council members appointed the incoming president and deputy president, following an uncontested election at the most recent meeting of January 19th, 2022.

  • President: Vivienne Duggan
  • Deputy president: Rachel Brown

Duggan and Brown assume office with immediate effect.

New VCI president and deputy president 

Niamh Muldoon, CEO and Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, said:

“I warmly congratulate our new president and deputy president on their incoming term of office and look forward to working with them both to advance the work of the Veterinary Council on matters of animal health and welfare and public health.”

“This is a historic election. It the first time that the Veterinary Council benefits from a female president and deputy president in office simultaneously.”

I would also like to recognise and sincerely thank our outgoing President and Deputy President, Joe Moffitt and Dr Ailís Ní Riain, for their unwavering levels of commitment and dedication in the performance of their roles over the preceding two years.”

Vivienne Duggan

Vivienne Duggan works as an associate professor in Equine Clinical Studies at the School of Veterinary Medicine in University College Dublin.

Besides, she has a PhD in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from Oklahoma State University.

Furthermore, she has worked across several mixed veterinary practices, including equine, general and speciality practice in Ireland and abroad.

Speaking about her appointment as president of the Veterinary Council, Vivienne Duggan said:

“It is an immense honour to have been elected as president of the Veterinary Council of Ireland.”

“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the council, along with the registrar and executive team in the interest of the public and of animal health and welfare.”

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown is a veterinary practitioner working at Moy Veterinary Clinic. The mixed practice serves companion animals and farm animals in Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Brown, deputy president of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, said:

It is truly a privilege to be serving in this new role. It was extremely gratifying to have been elected by my colleagues on the council.”

“The work of the Veterinary Council is essential to ensuring a well-regulated veterinary sector in Ireland and protecting the interests of the public,” she concluded.

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