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International Women's Day

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8. Throughout the world, the achievements of women are celebrated and gender biases are challenged. We actively support International Women’s Day here at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Click on the links to see how we have celebrated our women in recent years.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th 2023, Samantha Feighery, RVN, BSc. VN, BS. joins Kate on our Veterinary Nursing podcast to discuss her path in Veterinary Nursing, her career as an equine veterinary nurse and some top tips for students & nurses: 

(opens in a new window)anchor.fm/ucdvn/episodes/Episode-11-International-Womens-Day-with-Samantha-Feighery-e1vufcj 

Poster for International Womens Day podcast episode showing a female Veterinary Nurse smiling with a horse

Samantha also features in a permanent Alumni Wall exhibition in the Veterinary Sciences building: www.ucd.ie/vetmed/about/alumniwall/samanthafeighery/ 

Check out the full list of podcast episodes here: www.ucd.ie/vetmed/newsandevents/ucdveterinarynursingpodcast/

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th 2022, we collected some thoughts on microaggressions* within our community - both positive and negative, and how we are overcoming these challenges. Changing little things can make a big difference! #BreaktheBias

 poster with UCD School of Veterinary Medicine/Scoil an Leighis Tréidliachta badge and International Womens day symbol in purple. Two pale blue dove shapes with wordclouds of positive and negative words

*Microaggressions are defined as a comment or action that subtly, and often unconsciously or unintentionally, expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalised group (such as gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity).  

Theme: Let's all choose to challenge #ChooseToChallenge

Event: Online Panel Discussion

For International Women’s Day 2021 we welcomed three UCD School of Veterinary Medicine graduates to join us for a panel discussion about how they have chosen to challenge and achieved significant success in their careers.

About Our Panel: 

Delia Grace Randolph, MVB 1990

Professor of Food Safety at the University of Greenwich. Epidemiologist and veterinarian with 20 years’ experience in developing countries, focussing on food safety. Leads research on zoonoses and foodborne disease at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya.

Ciara Feeney-Reid, MVB 1996

Veterinary practitioner, Practice Manager and Chair of the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Group. Formerly both the youngest ever and first female President of Veterinary Ireland. Mother of a child with special needs who overcame significant health challenges that changed the trajectory of her career.

 Patricia Reilly, MVB 1996

Head of Animal Welfare Division, DAFM, Patricia spent 10 years in Brussels, first as a Member of Cabinet with Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and then Deputy Head of Cabinet for EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. Veterinary surgeon and graduate of the King’s Inns, Patricia was also Ireland’s first Agricultural Attaché in Central/Eastern Europe.

International Women’s Day 2019 

Theme: Balance drives a better working world #BalanceforBetter

Event: Panel discussion

We invited five female veterinarian nurses to tell us about their careers to date, demonstrating the varied career paths available and the opportunities and challenges they have encountered so far. This was followed by a very lively and informative Q&A session with the audience.

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