Michael H. Burke grew up in Colmanstown, Ballinasloe where his family ran a number of businesses including a bar, hardware, grocer’s store, undertakers and farm. While attending second level school in Garbally Collage, Ballinasloe, Michael was a keen sportsman. He played minor hurling for Galway before pursuing his veterinary degree in UCD.
Michael qualified as a veterinary surgeon from UCD in 1970, and subsequently set up his own veterinary practice in Loughrea, Co Galway in 1971. His entrepreneurial spirit began early as shortly after, he set up a retail outlet in the town selling veterinary products to local farmers.
By 1983 Michael gave up his veterinary practice and bought the local cotton factory, a 35,000 sq. foot manufacturing plant on seven acres where he began developing and manufacturing generic anthelmintics for large animals.
Today, Chanelle has grown to become Ireland’s largest indigenous manufacturer of pharmaceutical products in Ireland, supplying 10 of the top 12 multinationals in veterinary and 10 of the top 12 human generic multinationals. Exporting to over 80 countries worldwide. The company holds over 1900 veterinary product licences in Europe – the largest number of licences held by any company in Europe in the animal health sector.