Studying veterinary nursing at UCD

“I did consider becoming a teacher at one stage" - Niamh Kennedy (21)

Student Focus: Siobhán Regan

Siobhán (28) - who studies Vet Med in Budapest - took the scenic route to her desired career path

Profile: Rachel O'Hanlon

'I am passionate about all things cows' - Rachel - a student, suckler farmer & truck enthusiast

Student Focus: Rebecca O’ Brien

'I actually am vegan' - Rebecca (24) - a Veterinary Medicine student at UCD.

Feature: Robert Gamble

‘My grandfather was the first person to bring Texels into Northern Ireland’ – Robert (22) runs a suckler & sheep enterprise with his father

Student Focus: Francis Hand

Francis Hand is a second-generation dairy farmer, UCD ACP graduate and Masters student at Harper Adams University.

Student Focus: Sinead Minihane

“I enjoy working with cattle every day,” - Sinead Minihane (22) is studying a Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management

Student Focus: Alison Stewart

“I've always loved animals and the outdoors,” - Alison Stewart (20) studies Animal Science at Harper Adams University.

Student Focus: Ciarán Mc Donnell

Ciarán Mc Donnell (25) discusses dairy farming, studying at Ballyhaise/DkIT and his current master’s degree.

Student Focus: Lorraine Farrelly

Lorraine Farrelly (22) has her own farm and studies Agriculture at DkIT/Ballyhaise Agricultural College.

Student Focus: Niamh Keane

Niamh Keane (20) – a suckler and sheep farmer – is studying Animal and Crop Production at UCD.

Student Focus: Lisa Brennan

Catherina meets Lisa Brennan (21) – a fifth-generation farmer, cattle dealer and full-time student. The Monaghan native is a livestock mart enthusiast.

Student Focus: Chloe Dreaper-Eyre

Chloe Dreaper-Eyre (20) – a fourth-generation farmer from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway – studies Bioveterinary Science at AIT and is involved in the running of the family farm.

Student Focus: Siobhán Condron

Siobhán Condron (26) – a keen horse enthusiast - grew up on a farm in Offaly. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science – Equine and is now studying Veterinary Medicine in Budapest.

Student Focus: Emma Kilmartin

Emma Kilmartin (19) is a fourth-generation suckler & sheep farmer from Co. Roscommon. She deferred her course – Animal Science – after her Leaving Cert and is now is second-year.

Student Focus: Margaret Farrell

Margaret Farrell (21) – a final-year Animal Science student at UCD – once considered becoming a vet. The fifth-generation suckler and sheep farmer completed placement in Denmark and France.

Student Focus: Shauna Walsh

Shauna Walsh (22) – who does not hail from a farming background – is a third-year Agri-BioSciences student at CIT. The Cork native is currently completing placement at Teagasc Moorepark - Food Research Centre.

Student Focus: Elena O’Callaghan

Elena O’Callaghan (22) - a Cork native - graduated from UCD with a degree in Animal Science. The 22-year-old PhD student has a keen interest in reproduction biology.

Student Focus: Enda Shalvey

Enda Shalvey (22) is a fourth-year Animal and Crop Production student at UCD. The Shalveys – who hosted Big Week on the Farm in 2017 - milk over 70 cows on a 24-hectare block in Co. Cavan.

Student Focus: Alexandra King

Assisting with lambing on her aunt's and uncle’s farm influenced Alexandra King’s (19) career path. The Armagh native is studying Veterinary Medicine at Royal Veterinary College, London.