Frank is originally from Meath and is a vet based in Trim in a general practice. He graduated from UCD in 1983 with an MVB, MRCVS. He completed a Masters in Applied Science (Food Science), in UCD 1999 - part of which included a thesis entitled “Application of HACCP Systems: interface with GMP”. He completed a diploma entitled “Essential Trainer Skills” from NUI Galway in 2000 designed to provide key skills to deliver training and education in the food and agricultural industry. The practice in Meath provides veterinary clinical services and also promotes herd health and disease prevention strategies to farmer clients. Frank is also a part time lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology delivering courses in meat technology, risk analysis and food safety.
He is the farm and food animal continuing editor of the Irish Veterinary Journal. He is a past president and currently the chair of the “One Health” committee of Veterinary Ireland.
“I really look forward to the Cellcheck TWG meetings where I can interact with others from varying backgrounds.I usually learn a lot, not only about technical issues but also about project management and taking the macro view. I get to understand the variety of alternate opinions and I contribute in a small way where I can. I get satisfaction from this.”
“CellCheck is a microcosm of how the future vet will interact with the farm. The vet will be part of management team monitoring and measuring various components influencing SCC performance and taking actions where needed to reduce SCC. The vet will be a trainer, act as facilitator in multidisciplinary teams in addition to using core skills around cow health and welfare and food safety advice and management.”
“It is likely that processor and the consumer will have transparent access to activities pre-farm gate. Cow hygiene, milking routines, welfare aspects and antimicrobial usage will all be under scrutiny by the entire food chain. Indeed efficiency around mastitis will contribute to sustainability on farm. “ Frank hopes “that CellCheck will provide farmers, vets and advisors with a roadmap to help reduce or manage cell count and mastitis issues on farm. Success will be rewarding not only through maximising farm profits by producing low cell count milk but also by providing milk processors with a premium raw material for high quality dairy products”.