Robert Shiel qualified from University College Dublin (UCD) and after several years in small animal practice in the United Kingdom, he returned to UCD to undertake a residency in small animal medicine and obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion Animals (Internal Medicine) in 2007. He completed a PhD at UCD in the area of canine thyroid function, and the effects of non-thyroidal illness, in 2011. After four years working as a lecturer at Murdoch University, Western Australia, Robert returned to UCD 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine. Research interests include small animal endocrinology, neurology and genomics. Robert has authored a variety of publications and book chapters in the field of small animal endocrinology.