Des Thompson OBE, BA.,MVB, MRCVS
Des Thompson qualified with honours in Trinity College Dublin in 1961. He joined his fathers practice in the centre of Belfast as the third generation veterinary surgeon. The practice moved in 1967 the its current position at 193 Belmont Rd becoming Earlswood Veterinary Hospital in 1972. He has been President of BSAVA, SPVS, NIVA, UEVP, CABTSG and RCVS. He is currently Chairman of Veterinary Northern Ireland. The practice which is now 100% small animal has now merged with Hollygate Veterinary Clinic and the veterinary input will shortly have extended from 2 person to 5. The Hospital offers referral services in Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Spinal surgery and will soon offer cardiology. Des's primary interests are in orthopaedics and spinal surgery. He is currently one of the masters group researching clinical audit and his research is two fold, what is already happening in general practice in the medical profession and what is happening in other parts of the world in the veterinary profession.