The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is reminding veterinary nurses that they need to pay their annual renewal fee before the end of the year or they will be removed from the Register.
Seamus O’Kane, AVSPNI President and NIVA Junior Vice President, recently represented local vet associations at the Veterinary Ireland Annual Presidents’ Dinner in Kilkenny. As well as a great dinner, the event provided opportunity for networking with Veterinary Ireland peers, discussion on common issues and in depth debate on the impact of Brexit on animal health and welfare. Seamus also found time for a morning walk to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the Lyrath Estate. AVSPNI and NIVA are grateful for the invitation from John O’Connor, outgoing President of Veterinary Ireland.
All veterinary nurses are dedicated to caring for animals, but just sometimes there’s a special someone who has given exceptional services in caring for pets. It could be for example the set-up and running of a new client education focus in the practice, or helping to spread the message of pet welfare in the community. Perhaps they simply gave you some extra special help when you most needed it. In fact, any action or contribution that you think deserves special recognition. Nominations are welcome from pet owners or practice staff.
A few words from Seamus O’Kane on his recent visit to BCVA congress…
” On 20th October I had the pleasure of attending the dinner, in Southport, to celebrate 50 years of BCVA.
The outgoing President, Andrew Cobner, spoke of the work his predecessors had done to get the Association to the position it currently holds in the conference hierarchy and asked us to stand for a minute’s reflection in tribute to the deceased Past Presidents. He proudly informed us that nearly £40,000 had been raised for Send A Cow during the year by means of cycle rides, raffles and other fund raising eventsThe night continued with food, drink, lots of conversation and entertainment provided by the “Mutt’s Nuts”, a group of vets with a musical bent.
There was plenty of bling on show, as is evident, and AVSPNI demonstrated that it can sit comfortably at any top table.”
This year the demand for a space in our trade hall at conference has been astonishing! We have 32 top quality trade companies who are looking forward to displaying their products and meeting old and new faces at AVSPNI autumn conference this weekend at the beautiful setting of the Mournes at the Slieve Donard, Newcastle. Our conference partner this year is MSD and our conference sponsors are BCF Technology, Boehringer Ingelheim, Norbrook, vetoquinol, VSSCo, and Zoetis.
Other trade stands that will be at our conference this year include KRKA, Dechra, VSSCo, Vetoquinol, Agriapet, Elanco, Ceva, Independent Vet Care, Vestaplas, Hipra, Ulster Bank, St Francis Group, VBS Direct, Bayer, Duggan Vet Supplies, Lloyd & Cowan, Provita, Petplan, Kruuse, Abaxis, Hills, Comtag, Vet Insights, Net-ex, Shire Veterinary Insurance and NI Veterinary Today.
We have a great trade hall this year and we know it will be a productive weekend for all!!
Paul Crawford, a Northern Ireland Vet who won Omagh day’s ‘Frank Mullan’ Trophy for his talk on ‘Save money and the Environment – Anaesthesia’, will be lecturing on the topic of ‘Farm animal anaesthesia tips’ at conference on Sunday. After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College Paul completed his RCVS Anaesthesia Certificate. He has worked in University Teaching Hospitals in the UK, Ireland and Canada. Currently Paul is based in Northern Ireland where he provides an anaesthesia consultancy service as well as undertaking some surgical work in first opinion practice.
Catherine Forsythe, our speaker on ‘Pathology in Practice’ will be starting our Sunday morning lecture programme for L/A improvers. She will be taking a selection of interesting and unusual post mortem cases. Catherine qualified from the RVC in 2006 and spent seven years in mixed practice before joining AFBI in 2013 as a veterinary pathologist. Her caseload involves all species from the smallest birds to the largest sea mammals and everything in between, often in the same day. Her main interest is in farm animal pathology, but with a large local poultry industry she is also enjoying developing her expertise in this area.
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It is with great pleasure that we can announce that VETNI’s very own Jo Gibson was made an Honorary Member of BVA at the AGM in W5 Belfast on 20th September 2017.
This award has been bestowed on Jo in recognition of her services to the Veterinary profession.
I am sure you will agree it is very well deserved and we wish Jo well.
BOOK your children’s activities for this years conference NOW to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
We have a selection of outdoor and indoor activates to keep the young ones amused while you enjoy some great lectures in the comfort of the fabulous Slieve Donard! We start the Saturday off with our Lego and clay workshop brought to us by Northern Irelands very own ‘Bricks4kidz’. These workshops are the only kind in Northern Ireland comprising both fun and education with Lego and Clay.
The Saturday afternoon will be exceptional for those who enjoy some outdoor fun! We ask that the kiddies wrap up warm (it is Northern Ireland after all) with outdoor clothing and head to Castlewellan where they will be partaking in Archery and Kayaking! I’m pretty sure this will be one of the highlights of the weekend! For those who like the cosy indoors, we have exotic animals coming to visit us with Eco Mantella. In the evening they can relax in front of a film to end an incredible day of fun!
On Sunday morning Louie the Entertainer will bring his fabulous magic show to conference kids! Followed by Swim time. (Please note that Sunday activities require adult supervision).
If you wish for your little/big ones to join in on the conference kids fun, please book NOW as we cannot guarantee places as they are filling up fast. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed! This includes those wishing to use our crèche facilities on the Saturday.
If you would like more information about the children’s programme at conference have a look at our conference brochure
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Meet Colin Mason who is coming to take some large animal lectures at our AVSPNI Autumn conference! Colin works for SAC Veterinary Services based in Dumfries. As well as working as part of the team at the Dumfries Disease Surveillance Centre carrying our disease investigation and surveillance activities he is also involved with dairy research and herd health work at the Dairy Research and Innovation Centre based at Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries. His main interests are young stock health and lameness in dairy cows. On Saturdays lecture programme Colin will be delivering lectures in our L/A improver stream with topics such as ‘Mycoplasma bovis infections in cattle herds’, Field post mortem workshop for practitioners’ and a lecture on ‘Adult cow pneumonia problems’ in our L/A refresher stream.
If you would like to hear Colin and our other top quality speakers, come visit us at AVSPNI Autumn conference on the 6th-8th October 17!
This year for our AVSPNI autumn conference we have done things a little differently! We still have a little glitz and glamour of our gala dinner as previously! But this year we have it ALL covered! Firstly we are privileged to have the very humorous ‘bard of Armagh’ and for those who have never heard this you are in for a treat! If you want to be the one to sit in your seat and have a chat with other delegates after a day of CPD, then we have a little jazz background music from one of the most talented swing singers in Northern Ireland! For those looking to impress their colleagues with their blackjack skills (or lack of), we have a casino night planned alongside the jazz! Not to mention the fantastic 5 course meal with wine. This is one autumn conference gala you will not want to miss out on. Tickets are selling faster for this then any other conference!
If you have forgotten to include your gala dinner ticket on your form, just give us a shout in the VETNI office and we will sort that for you. Email us on email@example.com
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***Tomorrow (20th Sept) is the last day of the early bird discounted rate***