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.

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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.