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Officers and Board of Directors – 2021
AVSPNI members wishing to contact AVSPNI Officers/Directors should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on contact details.
General enquiries for AVSPNI from anyone other than a current AVSPNI member should also be directed through the secretariat on email@example.com
President: Shane Murray
Senior Vice President: Cathal Carr
Junior Vice President:
Treasurer: Philip Walsh
Honorary Secretary: Melanie Spahn
VetNI Board Members: Melanie Spahn
BVA Branch & Council Member: Seamus O’Kane
Press Officer: Michael Watts
Directors/Council Members: Keith Sheridan
Nominations to the Board
Serving on AVSPNI Board of Directors allows you to become more involved in important decisons affecting vets in the province, from helping to shape the CPD programme, through to representation of the Association and the profession in discussions with DAERA on matters of animal health, welfare and policy. Board members for 2021 were approved at this year’s AGM (January 13th), but if you would be interested in serving as a Director at any time during the year, give one of the current Board members a call/e-mail to hear more about it.
Benefits of Membership
As the name suggests, Full Membership of the Association is only open to practitioners however at the AGM in January 2016, members agreed to introduce a new category of membership – Associate Membership – this will allow vets not in practice or not in Northern Ireland to avail of the AVSPNI CPD programme at members’ rates.
The AVSPNI CPD programme generally includes the following events each year. All events are open to all vets regardless of their area of work. Most events are also open to non-members on payment of a registration fee.
Large animal/farm CPD
– the ever-popular Omagh Day where 4 practitioners give short presentations on techniques or tips that they find useful, followed by AGM and dinner – free of charge to members
– Spring evening meeting – a good clinical topic and excellent speakers – free of charge to members
– Summer outing – usually a topic of veterinary interest on something not part of most vets day-to-day work – free of charge to members
– Autumn evening meeting – a good clinical topic and excellent speakers – free of charge to members
– Autumn Conference (3 days)– a full weekend of lectures (farm, equine and small animal) and social activities for all the family – discounted significantly for members
Small animal CPD
– at least 7 evening meetings per year on an array of topics, all with speakers chosen for their knowledge and expertise – free of charge to members
– at least one full day of CPD, often with a practical component – discounted significantly for members
– Spring Conference (2 days) – lectures for vets (GP and advanced) and vet nurses – discounted significantly for members
There are often extra meetings added to the programme (e.g. management topic – “To incorporate or not”; “TB Forum” – half day meeting).
In addition to a CPD programme that in content and value for money is hard to beat, AVSPNI undertakes to represent the practitioner viewpoint in meetings with DAERA, UFU etc. on issues of concern to the practising profession and on key issues which have an impact on animal health and welfare. AVSPNI also has a seat on the BVA NI Branch, ensuring that its views are considered when BVA is forming its policy.
Cost of membership
The cost of annual membership subscription (Full or Associate) for 2021 for those paying by direct debit/BACS and returning their data capture form on time is included in the table below.
Annual subscription for the first vet from a practice/place of work paying by DD costs £135. AVSPNI runs a practice membership scheme with the cost of second and subsequent vets in a practice decreasing on a sliding scale. Though subscriptions are collected from the practice, each individual vet member must be named – only named (and paid for!) members get free admission to CPD. Subs are cheaper if you pay by Direct Debit and DD/BACS is the ONLY option available to new members – you get all the usual DD guarantees plus the chance to amend the number of vets you are paying for each year. Single/individual members are welcomed too but if more than one person in a practice wants to join there is obviously a saving to be had via the practice membership scheme.
At the AGM in 2019, the membership agreed that a surcharge of £15 per vet could be added for practices/individual members that don’t submit their data capture forms on time. The data capture forms are mailed/e-mailed out in February/March.
|DD per vet||DD (cumulative)|
|1||£ 135.00||£ 135.00|
|2||£ 128.50||£ 263.50|
|3||£ 122.00||£ 385.50|
|4||£ 115.50||£ 501.00|
|5||£ 109.00||£ 610.00|
|6||£ 102.50||£ 712.50|
|7||£ 96.00||£ 805.50|
|8||£ 89.50||£ 898.00|
|9||£ 83.00||£ 981.00|
|10||£ 76.50||£ 1057.50|
|11||£ 70.00||£ 1127.50|
|12||£ 63.50||£ 1191.00|
For larger practices, subsequent vets (vet number 13, 14, 15 etc.) will be charged at £63.50 each.