After qualifying from The University of Edinburgh in 1970, Noel worked as a locum in the Mid-Ulster area before going to work for Roy Kirkpatrick in Ballymena. There he gained grounding in the work and general running of a mixed practice, which was of great benefit to him for the future. In 1972, Noel set up a practice with John Hutchinson, based in Coagh, Co. Tyrone. It initially began as a predominantly farm animal practice and was where Noel developed his interest in pigs. In the 80's, the premises in Union Street, Cookstown was opened and the small animal side of the practice has evolved ever since with a new purpose built clinic in Magherafelt opening in February 2010. Noel sadly passed away in February 2016 and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
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