DONT MISS OUT on the great savings available if you book your place before 25th September. If you are a AVSPNI member you can get lecture registration for the whole weekend for only £160!
AVSPNI autumn conference will be held on 12th – 14th October this year in the beautiful surroundings of the Mourne mountains at the Slieve Donard Hotel, with stunning views from your hotel rooms and lecture rooms overlooking the sea. This is one conference not to be missed! Aside from the great CPD, the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle Co. Down has a stunning interior, exceptional food and the most amazing staff which will make you not want to leave! There is an award winning spa also and you will have the opportunity to relax when you are not enjoying the fantastic lecture programme we have lined up for you. Click the link below to see the lecture programme, if you would like to join us, please fill in the registration form and return to mailto:email@example.com EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS 18TH SEPTEMBER!
NI vets – please encourage all your horse clients to complete a survey of the equine sector which can be found here:
Anyone (including yourselves) involved with horses or donkeys, either directly or indirectly, should complete the survey.
Respondents are ask to self-identify themselves as fitting one of the following categories:
· Recreational Rider
· Thoroughbred Trainer (including point to point)
· Someone who works directly with horses(e.g. groom/instructor)
· Someone who works in the ancillary sector (e.g. sales rep/vet/marketing/therapist)
· Volunteer (e.g. in organising events)
You then work through a short series of questions particular to your category.
The survey is completely anonymous and vital to any plans for growth and development within the sector.
The poster shown here is available from DAERA for you to print and display in your surgery, or contact VetNI and we’ll e-mail you the PDF.
Joining Northern Ireland Branch Council is a great way to help shape the future of the veterinary profession in Northern Ireland and to ensure the voices of your peers are heard. These voluntary positions provide a fantastic opportunity for networking, a chance to attend the annual political dinner with Assembly Members at Stormont, and the work carried out can count towards CPD.
The role description is attached and the application form is here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BVAComAp
Applications close 9am on Monday 20 August.
Alistair Gibson and Paul Crawford will be delivering a full days CPD on Cardiology and Anaesthesia on the 21st September at the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim. The title of the lectures will include ‘feline cardiology, Anaesthesia complications, Traditional & new developments in medical treatment of heart failure, Cardiology pulmonary resuscitation’. There will also be an interactive case based section.
Alistair will be delivering the cardiology lectures and Alistair’s areas of interest include small animal cardiothoracic medicine and surgery and diagnostic ultrasound, particularly interventional cardiology, thoracoscopy & thoracoscopic surgery. He was one of the first vets in practice in GB and Ireland to perform pacemaker Implantation and balloon valvuloplasty procedures in small animals.
Paul will be speaking on Anaesthesia. Paul runs his own anaesthesia consultancy business providing clinical services as well as CPD nationally and internationally. He also undertakes some first opinion work on a locum/short term basis. Other professional interests include invasive cardiology and veterinary nursing education.
More information will be coming soon. Keep an eye on our website, facebook and twitter for details of registration
The Milksure training which is taking place on 22nd August 2018 is now full. There is a cancellation list and if you wish to be put on this, contact the VetNI office asap. There was a quite high demand for this course and due to this AVSPNI have decided to run the course again at the Slieve Donard on Friday 12th October where we will be holding our AVSPNI Autumn Conference. Why not make the most of your time there and stay on at the Slieve Donard and enjoy a few days of top quality CPD at AVSPNI Autumn Conference following the training! If you would like to be put on the list for Octobers training, contact VetNI to register.
The course entails ‘Understanding medicine residues in milk and how the MilkSure course works’. Eventually ALL farmers will have to undertake milksure training and it is important that Vets delivering Milksure training to clients must be familiar with it and well-prepared to deliver it effectively. Owen Atkinson is a specialist in cattle health and production and will be our speaker for both our training sessions.
For more information of how to register and the programme for the day Click Here!
As temperatures continue to soar, pet owners are being warned to take extra care of their pets in the record-breaking UK heatwave.
Dogs may particularly struggle to stay cool in these high temperatures and humid conditions since, unlike humans, they are unable to cool down quickly through sweating, rendering them vulnerable to overheating. Brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds such as English or French bulldogs and pugs are even more at risk, as their short noses can make breathing properly difficult, and therefore cooling down much harder.
Some breeds of cats and dogs, particularly those with lighter-coloured or finer fur, may benefit from appropriate sun cream in hot weather, especially on the ears which are prone to sunburn. Consult with your local vet to ensure you are providing the right protection in the right place.
Rabbits should also be protected as they are often in a hutch or run that may become exposed to direct sunlight as the sun moves round through the day. Rabbits can also be affected by fly strike at this time of year so daily inspection around their back end and under their tail is essential. Seek veterinary advice immediately if your rabbit is affected. Likewise take care to ensure birds in cages or aviaries are not exposed to direct sun and have adequate shade.
British Veterinary Association President John Fishwick said:
“Many of us are struggling with the ongoing high temperatures but it’s important not to forget that many pets can suffer too. We’re advising owners to take some simple steps to ensure that their much-loved pets also stay happy and healthy this summer. Even relatively lower temperatures at the start and end of the day can prove uncomfortable for animals, especially if they are kept in direct sunlight without any shade.
“Vets know that dogs in particular won’t stop enjoying themselves and exercising because it is hot, so it’s up to owners to do all they can to prevent overheating happening – and be able to recognise the signs and act quickly if it does.
“If you’re concerned about your pet in the hot weather, we’d recommend contacting your local vet immediately.”
With more scorching temperatures forecast across the UK, BVA and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) are highlighting eight simple steps to help keep dogs and other pets safe as the temperature rises:
- Make sure pets always have adequate fresh water to drink.
- Provide adequate ventilation at all times.
- Avoid exercising dogs in the heat of the day: especially older dogs, brachycephalic (flat faced) breeds or dogs that you know have heart or lung problems.
- Provide shade from the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day.
- Watch out for early signs of heatstroke, such as heavy panting, restlessness and lack of coordination.
- Never leave dogs in vehicles: “Not long” is too long.
- Contact a vet immediately if the animal does not respond to efforts to cool it down.
- If heatstroke or any other heat-related condition is suspected, dogs should be taken to a cool, well-ventilated place and given water to drink while seeking immediate advice from their local vet.
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Please find below a press release about a consultation that we will be launching next week about a framework for new post-registration qualifications for veterinary nurses which aims to enhance the veterinary nursing career structure.
This A4 DAERA poster can be downloaded HERE for display in your practices and on your website and social media channels.
Please help ensure that anyone who keeps birds are aware of the risk and actions they can take to protect their birds. Remember, advice from the Public Health Agency is that the risk to public health from the virus is very low, however the general public is advised not to touch or pick up birds that are dead, or appear to be sick or dying. The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that Avian Influenza does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. Thoroughly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.
Further advice can be found on the DAERA website.
Peter would love vets (SPVS members and non-members too!) to join him in supporting Vetlife or Vet Support NI on any (or all!) of his walks or just to get together afterwards.
Walbury Hill – Sunday 13th May, Kinder Scout – June
Snowdonia – July, Scafell Pike – July
Ben Nevis – August, High Willhays – September
Slieve Donard – Friday 12th October (AVSPNI Autumn Conference – time to be confirmed)
For full details visit www.spvs.org.uk/presidents-peaks/