Des was educated at Blackrock College, graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from Trinity
College Dublin in 1975 and returned there for his post-graduate MSc studies. He came to
the Centre in April 1984 having returned home to Ireland from the Rossdale practice in
Newmarket, where he completed his studies on equine prematurity, with Dr Peter Rossdale,
which resulted in the award of Fellowship of the RCVS. Des is a founding Vice-President
of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, a Past President of BEVA
and of WEVA, and is Veterinary Advisor to the ITBA.