Graduate Profile: Shaileen McGovern

Shaileen McGovern (25) spent time working in both a research and industry capacity after graduating from UCD Animal Science – Equine. She also studied a Masters in Computer Science and recently joined Zoetis Inc.

Women in Ag: Aoife Feeney

Aoife Feeney (25) graduated in 2015 with a degree in Animal Science. The Longford native worked as an agricultural advisor with FRS and is now Carbery Group’s Dairy Sustainability Advisor.

Graduate Profile: Cillian Cahill

Cavan’s Cillian Cahill graduated with a degree in Animal and Crop Production in 2017 and has previously worked for Lakelands Agri and Lyons and Bruton. He is now the KEENAN regional area sales manager for the Midlands and north Leinster.

Women in Ag: Louise O’ Connor

Louise O’ Connor (22) is a third-generation farmer and a keen horse rider from Co. Cork. The final-year Animal Science student is involved in the running of the family’s dairy enterprise.

Student Focus: Pamela Joy Murphy

Pamela Murphy (24) failed to secure sufficient points to study Vet Med at UCD. The 24-year-old Animal Science graduate - who is not from a farming background - is studying Veterinary in Budapest.

Graduate Profile: Nicholas Ryan

Nicholas Ryan (25) grew up on a beef and tillage farm and studied Animal and Crop Production at UCD. He worked as a soft fruit buyer at Keelings before beginning a PhD.

Women in Ag: Rebecca Tierney

Although Rebecca Tierney (23) once considered becoming a primary school teacher, she studied Animal Science at UCD. The fourth-generation farmer works at Kiernan Milling and is undertaking a Masters degree.

Student Focus: David Hobson

David Hobson (24) - an Arable farmer based in Co. Meath - studied ACP at UCD. The PhD student is working with cultivation systems and root interactions in winter wheat.

Student Focus: Ronan Hynes

Ronan Hynes (22) took a gap year after his Leaving Cert and began his Ag studies at UCD in 2014. The sheep; suckler and pony breeder is studying a Masters in Agricultural Extension & Innovation.

Graduate Profile: Jodi Finucane

Jodi Finucane graduated from UCD in 2016 and worked at TopSpec in the U.K before joining Plusvital. The Limerick native co-founded York Thoroughbred Racing.

Student Focus: Pádraig Keating

Pádraig Keating (26) is an Animal Science graduate studying at University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, Hungary. The Kilkenny native is the proud owner of the YellowRoad Charolais Herd.

Feature: Jessie Collins

Jessie Collins (22) - a Food and Agribusiness Management graduate - works as a marketing associate with MSD Animal Health. An opportunity to work in Dublin Zoo influenced the Dubliner’s career choice.

Feature: Pierce Fleming

UCD Ag graduate Pierce Fleming established his own flock when he was 10 and founded Wilmount Pedigree Limousin at the age of 22, after purchasing females from the Pelletstown herd.

Women in Ag: Lisa Hopkins

Lisa Hopkins (23) - a sheep & suckler farmer from Co. Mayo - studied Animal Science at UCD and works as a Farm Advisory Officer and Animal Welfare Officer at Rosderra Irish Meats.

Student Focus: Michaela Cox

Michaela Cox (22) does not live on a farm but she began working in the Agri sector at the age of 15. She studied Animal Science at UCD and is now undertaking a Masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation.

Feature: Kate Doherty

Kate Doherty (22) studied Animal and Crop Production at UCD and is now a Trainee Accountant at IFAC. The Donegal native has no farming background.

Student Focus: Aoife Quinn

Aoife Quinn completed courses in Animal Care and Animal Science at Westport College of Further Education when her Leaving Cert did not go to plan. She is now studying Ag Science at UCD.

Student Focus: Jody Sweeney

22-year-old Jody Sweeney sat the Leaving Cert twice and completed a Level-5 Certificate at Cavan Institute before he began his Animal and Crop Production studies at UCD.