Well-known Veterinary practitioner Conor Geraghty wears many hats.
Aside from his one-hundred-hour working week veterinary commitments, Conor is also a husband to Lisa, a father to teenagers Donnacha and Maeve, a beef farmer and sports enthusiast.
The Ballinasloe, Co. Galway native officiates as a Veterinary Practitioner in Geraghty and Neary Veterinary Clinic that caters for a whopping 1,350 clients.
The practice has three full-time vets and one other that is employed on a part-time basis, covering approximately 95% large animals and 5% equine cases seasonally.
Hailing from a strong agricultural background, the Galway man always knew from his early teenage years that he wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.
‘I used to watch our vet and my interest just snowballed from there.’ Conor explained to That’s Farming.
Conor, graduated from Ireland’s only Veterinary Medicine Degree Programme in 1999 and brings an admirable seventeen years of experience to the table.
He entered into the working work after his graduation, taking up positions in Gort and Offaly.
Getting a feel for the Veterinary world, Conor soon bravely took on the challenge of starting up his own practice, within just a short few years of being on the road.
He ventured to Ahascragh, located near Mountbellew where the local vet of the time was hanging up his boots.
Conor saw this as a golden opportunity to establish base in 2000 and in 2012, he went on to amalgamate with a practice in Mountbellew, which is now the main office of the practice.
A Day in the Life
Personal satisfaction from helping people by giving assistance and advice is the main driving force behind his ambitious ways.
‘You get to meet some terrific people on your calls, which could be as many as twenty farm visits per day.’ Conor said.
‘It is a demanding job, particularly time. You are constantly at the other end of the phone. We have a rota,but the hours are still very long, putting a strain on family life.’ Conor told That’s Farming.
The Galway man admits that like many, he did not really know what his Veterinary venture would entail and the demanding lifestyle took some time to adapt to.
‘It was a steep learning curve, but it is a rewarding profession. Veterinary Medicine has changed down through the years. I didn’t really know what it would involve. The sector is evolving all the time, but this is for the better.’ Conor explained.
A Rare Case
When asked about one of the most baffling cases of his career, Conor reflected on one experience that he was faced with five years ago.
One of his clients experienced a case where many of the herd’s calves contracted one of the most common calf killers being pneumonia.
‘We were trying numerous things that didn’t work, causing much frustration. After quite an intensive investigation, I later discovered the herd was suffering from an acute Selenium deficiency, which was underling, the whole thing.’
This sparked a further interest in Herd Health programmes one of the core areas that the veterinary practitioner
Conor is one of the appointed directors of XL Vets since 2015, which his voluntary role involved in contribution of decision-making and the raising of awareness of issues facing the disciple.
For the past two years, Conor also sits as the chairperson and Galway representative to Food Animal branch of Veterinary Ireland, a representative body for Veterinary surgeons in Ireland.
Advice for Young Aspiring Vets
When asked for advice for aspiring up and coming veterinary surgeons, Conor spoke from the perspective of possessing close to two inspirational decades of experience.
‘Spend some time in a practice, to get a feel for the work before you make the big decision. You should get to understand what is involved and the sort of lifestyle you are choosing. Make the most of your time and enjoy the work that you do.’
Over the last number of years, the veterinary practice has undergone major expansion, with a focus on creating a more systemised structure internally over the next period of time.
Conor intends to continue to keep ahead of the game, increasing the number of services offered by the practice, which requires further specialised training.