Derek qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in University College Dublin in 1984 and worked both in Ireland and the UK before joining Rhone Poulenc Animal Health (later known as Merial Animal Health) where he held positions in technical services and marketing, before taking up the post of Country Manager for the Merial business in Ireland.
Having played for Ireland as a rugby international, sport has played a major part in Derek’s career: As the first CEO of the ERC Derek spent 15 years successfully setting up and running the Heineken Cup. More recently as CEO of the Curragh Derek oversaw and delivered the redevelopment of the famous racecourse into one of Ireland’s most prestigious infrastructural sports projects.
More recently Derek founded the sports consultancy sport2sport.ie and, never having lost his love of being a practising vet, is joining on a part-time basis as our 3rd vet in Blacklion Pet Hospital.
We are delighted to have a colleague of Derek's experience and passion for pets joining our team here in Blacklion and we look forward to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.
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