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Peter Lees and Quintin McKellar write: Lord Ballyedmond was a stalwart supporter of the veterinary profession in many guises for a period exceeding 40 years. Those of us who knew him well are all too well aware of the loss to the profession, resulting from his commitment to veterinary practice, science and education.

He was born plain Edward Enda Haughey in Kilcurry, County Louth, Ireland in 1944. When one of us once referred to his humble origins, we were quickly corrected in typical Eddie Haughey fashion, ‘modest yes, but humble no’. His father died shortly before he was born and his early education was provided by the Christian Brothers in Dundalk.

As a mature man, he was to demonstrate and utilise his great intellectual skills and business acumen, yet he never attended university. In later years, however, universities and professional bodies were proud to recognise his contributions to academia and business. For example, he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1998, in recognition of his role as a world leader in the manufacture of veterinary pharmaceuticals. In 2008, he was made an honorary doctor of …

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