Emma J O’Neill graduated with a degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Bristol in 1994, having additionally gained an intercalated BSc in Physiology. She worked in a private small animal practice in the UK for a year before returning to the University of Bristol to undertake a three-year residency in Small Animal Medicine, during which time she gained the RCVS certificate in Small Animal Medicine (1997). Having completed her residency, Emma worked as a locum for Idexx laboratories for a short period before gaining a Wellcome Trust Veterinary Studentship to study for a PhD in Immunology. The subject of her PhD was CNS autoimmunity and investigation of the potential for antigen-specific immunotherapy. In January 2002, Emma took up the post of Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at University College Dublin, Ireland. Emma’s PhD was conferred in 2003 and she gained the RCVS and European College Diplomas in Small Animal Medicine in 2004. She gained her post graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning in 2015 and is the programme director for the UCD Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Emma’s principle areas of veterinary interest include canine liver disease, inflammatory brain disease, autoimmune diseases and veterinary education.