O┬┤Neill, Dan

MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) MSc(VetEpi) PhD MRCVS 

After graduating from Dublin Vet School in 1987, Dan worked in industry and general practice for 22 years, latterly running his own companion animal practice in Kent for 12 years. During these years, he gathered additional qualifications in pharmacology, feline practice, dermatology and business management. In 2009, he undertook an MSc and then a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at the RVC supported by the RSPCA to develop the VetCompass™ Programme that collects primary-care veterinary clinical data to generate evidence on breed health in dogs and cats. After a year of post-doctoral research supported by Dogs Trust to establish welfare scoring methods in dogs, Dan was appointed as the Kennel Club Charitable Trust Companion Animal Epidemiologist at the RVC from 2014-2017 with a brief to explore breed-related health on dogs. In 2017, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology at the RVC.  

As well as teaching, Dan focuses on expanding VetCompass™ internationally as the world’s largest research programme using veterinary clinical records for welfare-related studies, with particular emphasis on breed-related health. Dan has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications based on VetCompass™ data since 2012.  Dan also co-authored the 3rd edition of the book ‘Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats’ which was published in March 2018. He chairs the Brachycephalic Working Group which aims to improve the welfare of brachycephalic dog breeds in the UK and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Animal Practice.