Following a decision by the Court of Appeal on the tenth of March 2015, concerning the powers of the Government to control substances which are harmful to human health under Section 2 (2) of the Act of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, possession of many drugs including ecstasy, magic mushrooms, so called head shop drugs and other new psychoactive drugs became legal in Ireland.  The following day new legislation was introduced reinstating the ban on the previously legalised drugs. However, owing to technical reasons the ban could not come into law until the following day. Consequently, for one day (eleventh of March 2015) many headshop type drugs and an assortment of other synthetic drugs including amphetamine, MDMA, Khat and ketamine were legal to possess in Ireland.
I have always had an interest in methods of recognising and managing pain in all small animal species which led me to attending a Foundation course in Veterinary Acupuncture in the spring of 2008. In May 2013 I successfully completed a year long course of study, accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. The course consisted of taught modules, self directed study and culminated in an examination and case report assessments. As a result I have been awarded the General Practitioners Certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management.