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Dr Austin Kirwan BVSc MA MBA MRCVS


Austin Kirwan, DC memberSince qualifying as a veterinary surgeon, the majority of Austin's professional career has been spent in first opinion small animal practice, where he still works full time. 

He has been a past member of RCVS Council and served on Disciplinary and Preliminary Investigation Committees, becoming the chairman of the latter for two years. On leaving Council he became a Director Trustee of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund and chaired VetHelpLine for a period of six years, as well as increasing his role with St George’s University, Grenada, West Indies, where he is now an Assistant Clinical Dean for the UK and Ireland.  

Austin has a particular interest in medical ethics and how this is taught to undergraduates and transposed to practice, especially from the point of view of business management.

Committee Membership

  • Disciplinary Committee


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Appointments to other bodies

  • Head and Neck Cancer Research Group, Aintree University Hospital, University of Liverpool - Member
  • School Admissions Appeals Committee, Maricourt High School, Merseyside - Member

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Royal Society of Medicine - Member
  • Veterinary Benevolent Fund/Vetlife - VetHelpLine
  • British Veterinary Association - Member


  • Alder Veterinary Hospital - Past Employee
  • Barn Lodge Veterinary Hospital - Self Employed
  • Austin P. Kirwan Properties - Self Employed
  • Veritatis counselling - Self Employed
  • Barn Lodge Veterinary Centre - Partner
  • St Georges University, Grenada - Employee
  • University Support Services Long Island - Employee

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Dip Counselling

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


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