UCD Honorary Degree for former Animal Health Ireland Chair Mike Magan

UCD Honorary Degree for former Animal Health Ireland Chair Mike Magan

Irish Agri-Sector Leader, former Chair of Animal Health Ireland and Longford Dairy Farmer Mike Magan has been conferred with an honorary Doctor of Science degree by University College Dublin.

It recognises his extraordinary contribution to the Irish dairy industry, to Animal Health Ireland (AHI), to UCD, and to Irish society more broadly.

Mike was central to the establishment of AHI in 2009 and, serving as Chair until 2021, created the opportunity for a partnership approach to animal health in Ireland, bringing together farmers, processors, animal health advisors, and government.  Ireland exports 85-90% of beef and dairy production each year, to a combined value of €9.2 billion in 2023.

AHI has fundamentally changed the animal health landscape in Ireland and in his 13 years as AHI Chair, Mike Magan utilised all of his skills, as leader, team player, and consummate communicator, shaping the strategic direction of the organisation, and consistently pushing the boundaries of what was thought possible.

Throughout his professional career, Mike Magan has also substantially impacted both the curriculum within the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and the work undertaken by private veterinary practitioners.

Mike has also served as Chair of the Irish Holstein Friesian Association, Chair of Agri Aware, has been a board member of the the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, and the Irish Cooperative Organisation Society, and Chairman and board member of Lakeland Dairies.  He also sits on the Board of the Agricultural Trust (Farmers Journal).  Mike is also well known for his charitable activities.  Notably, in 2020, he coordinated dairy cooperatives nationwide to arrange collection of over €300,000 in donations from dairy farmers for the Red Cross Appeal for Yemen.

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is the only school of Veterinary Medicine on the island of Ireland. Accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Council of Ireland, the School’s MVB degree programme is one of only seven in Europe fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The work of the School is underpinned by a strong vision and mission; its ‘One Health, One Welfare’ strategy focuses on maintaining a flourishing Veterinary School, positively impacting animal and human health, animal welfare and the environment.