Michael Monaghan graduated as a veterinarian and, after a few years in practice, rejoined his alma mater, University College Dublin. He worked as an academic clinician with his primary interest being in cattle diseases. He became Dean of Veterinary Medicine in UCD in 1996 and completed the fund-raising and academic project management for a new veterinary school. The school was completed in 2002 and the faculty and students moved from highly unsuitable Victorian facilities in the city centre, to a purpose built facility on the main campus at Belfield.
In 2006 he became academic project manager for a major re-development of the 1960’s UCD Science Centre and worked with a wide range of colleagues in the sciences to develop a master plan for the new facility. An integrated design team was appointed in 2008 and to date, approximately $200 million has been invested in the development of teaching and research facilities. The project was undertaken in a number of phases and Phase 2 will be completed in mid 2014. Michael is now Principal of the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine at UCD.