Animal Health Ireland • 4-5 The Archways, Carrick-on-Shannon • Co. Leitrim, N41 WN27 • Ireland.

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Finola McCoy

Secondment Mentor



About me

I graduated from University College Dublin in 1997 with a degree in veterinary medicine. I spent the following 11 years working in various mixed practices in Ireland, UK and New Zealand, and during this time developed a keen interest in the dairy industry. Working with large dairy herds in New Zealand provided an invaluable insight into some of the challenges associated with herd expansion and disease control. While working in practice I undertook a Masters in Science in Livestock Health and Production through the University of London, which I completed in 2006. I joined the Teagasc research team in Moorepark in 2008, as the mastitis research officer. While working for Teagasc I commenced working as Programme Manager for CellCheck, which is the national mastitis control programme. I then joined the AHI staff in May 2013 to continue working in this role. In my work as programme manager, I am responsible for facilitating the Irish dairy industry to work collaboratively to identify and develop sustainable solutions to continually improve the udder health of the national dairy herd. I was awarded a Nuffield scholarship in 2014, to explore the topic of building strong professional teams and networks among rural service providers.


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  1. 2006

    Masters Degree in Livestock Health and Production

    University of London
  2. 1997

    Degree in Veterinary Medicine

    University College Dublin

Professional Experience

  1. 2013
    Mastitis Programme Manager
    Animal Health Ireland
  2. 2008
    Mastitis Research Officer
    Teagasc Moorepark
  3. 1997
    Veterinary Practitioner
    Ireland, UK and New Zealand


  • 2014
    Nuffield Scholarship
    The Nuffield Foundation