DR DES RICE OBE
UCD Agriculture & Veterinary Science
Dr Des Rice is a veterinarian who specialised in livestock nutrition. After 2 years in veterinary practice in Ireland, he spent 4 years developing a Veterinary Investigation Laboratory in El Salvador. Dr Rice then focused on nutritional-disease research in Belfast for 10 years, obtaining a PhD. He has co-authored close to 100 scientific publications. He co-founded 2 businesses that for 18 years advised farmers, veterinarians, feed manufacturers, and food processors. For services to the Agrifood Industry he received an OBE from the British Government in 2004. He retrained as a Business Coach and psychotherapist and now provides coaching and mentoring services on strategic, human-behaviour and stress management issues to many businesses and to various community groups including veterinary-peer-supporters, on a voluntary basis.