about

St David’s Poultry Team Ireland is the leading commercial poultry veterinary practice in the country and is part of St David’s Poultry Team UK, that was established in 2006. Founded by Directors and veterinary surgeons, Richard Turner and Alan Beynon, who combined have over sixty-five years’ experience in the industry, the organisations have developed considerably and today have 28 dedicated poultry vets and 10 field services technicians, as well as laboratory, dispensary, and office support teams, across 15 practice bases. In Ireland, the practice is led by Liam Walsh, and alongside a dedicated team of vets, field service and support staff, we provide veterinary care to the Irish poultry sector from two practice bases in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick and Monaghan.  The wider business also has two practice bases in Northern Ireland in Dungannon and Ballymena.

Our veterinary and field services teams look after the majority of commercial broiler and layer flocks in Ireland, working closely with producers from across the industry including pullet rearers, commercial egg laying companies and layer farms, broiler breeders, hatcheries and broiler farms, as well as the turkey and game bird sectors.

We continue to be the forefront in introducing and developing the latest technology and alternative products, continuously running a number of trials to ultimately find the best solutions to today’s, and tomorrow’s, challenges for modern poultry production.

You’ll find our teams on site regularly, working together with farms to provide the best possible management of the birds under our care. We’re focussed on improving their health, welfare and performance, that is underpinned by proactive flock management and tailored health plans, balanced with a need for a financial return on investment for producers.

To support this, St David’s Poultry Team has a number of complementary associated businesses including Applied Bacterial Control (ABC), Poultry Pharm and Herd Concepts.

A complete poultry veterinary service to meet all the requirements of today’s modern farming practices

Independence

Integrity

Innovation

Meet the Team

Vet and Field Team

Liam Walsh

Director
Liam has spent most of his career working in poultry production in Ireland and the UK, latterly being a livestock manager for a poultry integrator, before setting up St David’s Poultry Team, over twenty years ago. Liam has developed the organisation to what is today, the leading and largest commercial poultry practice in Ireland, that cares for the majority of broiler and layers in the country, and provides an extensive range of products and equipment. In 2019, Liam was the winner of the Intensive Livestock Production category, at the Animal Health All Star Awards.

Rebecca McAllister

BVSc MRCVS | Poultry Vet
Rebecca qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2012. She became interested in poultry as a student and undertook a research project studying the effects of Infectious Bronchitis on the reproductive tract of laying hens. Following graduation she worked in mixed practice before joining St David’s Poultry Team Ireland in March 2013.

Aonghus Lane ​

MVB MRCVS | Poultry Vet
After several years in farm animal practice, and completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Poultry Science, Aonghus joined St David’s and is the lead vet for Ireland. His particular interest is in broilers – and how the effects of disease and their management can improve flock welfare and performance. Other industry-critical areas he focuses on include biosecurity, water quality and broiler lameness, working with clients to develop and implement programmes that minimise risks. Aonghus is currently a Resident Student of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (ECPVS) and is due to sit his final exams in 2025.

Colman Kelliher​

DVM | Poultry Vet
Attracted to join St David’s because of a shared belief in preventative versus reactive flock management, Colman works with clients from across the poultry sector. He is particularly interested in broilers and making sure that chicks have the best foundations in place, for them to progress in to healthy, adult birds.  Colman is also passionate about the reduction of antimicrobials used, by making improvements in management, husbandry and biosecurity protocols. He is keen to implement the ‘One Health’ concept to the industry, that recognises that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected.

Joe Kelly

practice manager

Paul Creighton

FIELD SERVICES TEAM

James Stewart

FIELD SERVICES TEAM

Dispensary and Office Team

Eileen Lane

Finance

Katie Harnett

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Suzanne Maginess

Office assistant

Maggie Mullaney

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Joanne Keane

OFFICE ASSISTANT

john Barry

store operative