The Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) has announced the election of six new council members: five veterinary practitioners and one veterinary nurse.
The new council members were elected via postal ballot by the council’s registrant veterinary professionals.
The process commenced in early August, and the results were recently ratified.
The newly elected veterinary practitioners who will serve on the council are:
- Rachel Brown – Moy Vet Clinic, Co. Mayo;
- Caroline Garvan – Department of Agriculture.
- Kevin McConnell – Highfield Veterinary Group, Co. Kildare;
- Edward J. Moffitt – President of the Veterinary Council – Longstone Veterinary Clinic, Co. Wexford;
- Joseph J. Walsh – Carraig Cranley Walsh Veterinary Group, Co. Waterford.
- Emily Murray – Dublin Bay Vets, Co. Dublin
Niamh Muldoon, CEO and Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, said:
“The Veterinary Council of Ireland wish to thank all registrants who participated in its recent council elections, including those who put themselves forward as candidates and who took the time to cast their vote.”
“Also, we would like to recognise and thank the outgoing council members for their service and commitment during their term.
“We note our congratulations to the successful candidates on their election. I am confident that their expertise and experience will well serve the Veterinary Council.”
She said that serving on the VCI is an “immense privilege” that carries “significant” responsibility and an associated time commitment.
Council meetings and functions
The council convenes eight times a year and holds additional meetings to determine sanction matters alongside various committees.
The Veterinary Council of Ireland consists of 19 members: 10 elected and 9 appointed.
The council’s main functions include:
- Protecting the public through the oversight of veterinary education;
- Maintaining the Registers of Veterinary Practitioners and Nurses;
- Registering veterinary premises;
- Taking disciplinary action in cases of professional misconduct.
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