My Country Living: a thick skin
Lisa O’Kelly has had her share of life blows, but she is out to prove that veterinary nurses are tougher than people assume, Ciara Leahy writes

At 5 foot 3 and petite in size, you wouldn’t expect that Lisa O’Kelly is well able to get a cow into a cattle crush, but this veterinary nurse does just that, multiple times a week. “Sometimes I get a few raised eyebrows from farmers but I am well able,” she laughs.

She certainly is, as Lisa travels across the farms of north Cork where some visits with the vet could see three cows needing to be TB tested while another farm visit could see 300 cows line up.