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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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UCD vet graduates can now practice in Australia and New Zealand

UCD graduate vets can now practice in Australia and New Zealand, the VCI (Veterinary Council of Ireland) has confirmed.

The statutory body responsible for regulating the veterinary professions has reached an agreement of mutual recognition for veterinary education programmes in Australia and New Zealand.

The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council oversaw the historic landmark agreement, which the VCI signed on Thursday, July 28th, 2022.

As a result, vets educated in courses the AVBC oversees can register with the VCI and practice in Ireland.

The AVBC regulates the veterinary professions and veterinary education programmes in Australia and New Zealand.

These include courses in veterinary medicine in:

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  • Charles Stuart University;
  • James Cook University;
  • Massey University;
  • Murdoch University;
  • University of Adelaide;
  • University of Melbourne;
  • University of Queensland;
  • University of Sydney.

Under this new agreement, veterinary practitioners educated in the above universities can practce in Ireland by applying to the VCI Register.

Likewise, vets educated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course from UCD, accredited by the VCI, can register with the AVBC to practice veterinary medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

Travel opportunities

Niamh Muldoon, CEO and Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, said the agreement, will widen the pool of talent of vets eligible to practice in Ireland.

She stated that it would also expand options available to Irish-educated vets that wish to travel and practice abroad.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two regulatory bodies will conduct regular visits to the schools of veterinary medicine in each other’s countries to ensure that veterinary qualifications are of a “sufficient” standard to meet registration requirements.


The principal function of the Veterinary Council is to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the Republic of Ireland, in the interest of animal health and welfare and in the interest of veterinary public health.

The functions of the Veterinary Council include:

  • Protection of the public through the supervision of veterinary education;
  • The maintenance of the register of veterinary practitioners and nurses;
  • The registration of veterinary premises;
  • Through disciplinary action in cases of professional misconduct.

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