Alan qualified from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of University College Dublin in 1997 and worked in Ireland and abroad in the UK and New Zealand, before taking over as lead vet and owner of Blacklion Pet Hospital in Greystones Co Wicklow in 2003. He was the 2012 President of Veterinary Ireland and remains active on the Animal Welfare Committee of Veterinary Ireland, campaigning nationally on matters relating to animal welfare. Alan was the lead campaigner to ban tail docking of dogs in Ireland and to bring in mandatory microchipping of dogs. Forever supported by his wonderful wife Anna and 2 dogs Izzie and Rex and cat Skye, his days are busy with the 2 jobs he loves most – being a dad for their 4 great boys Mikey, Tom, Nicky and Peter (who all come in to ‘help’ in the practice) and being a vet for the local pets. A Alan is also a Director the Pet Emergency Hospital in Dublin.