- No price increase for AVSPNI members since this event started!
- Discounted lecture prices for vets who graduated in or since 2014
- Recent grads who book 2 days’ lectures and are also AVSPNI members get a Party Ticket thrown in too
- Special rates for VI members (VCI points applied for)
- Discounted rates for BVNA members or nursing staff from an AVSPNI practice but . . .
- The very best rates for nurses are for those who are BVNA members AND from an AVSPNI practice.
VETS!!! BE AWARE . . .
A case of Alabama Rot has been diagnosed in Northern Ireland. This is a devastating disease so your dog-owning clients may well be concerned. Please be ready to advise them of symptoms. Though the syndrome is not fully understood, an environmental link may be implicated therefore possible preventative measures such as rinsing dogs after a muddy/woodland walk may be helpful. Alabama Rot is still thankfully very rare and prompt action, ideally before renal symptoms occur, improves the chances of a successful outcome therefore be vigilant for any unexplained cuts/skin lesions, particularly on the legs and lower body.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new BVNA Regional Representative for Northern Ireland region.
I have worked in the veterinary profession since 2000. I qualified as an RVN in 2006, working as a Senior Nurse in a busy small animal clinic. I have always enjoyed the training and development of student nurses, which lead me to complete a certificate in teaching. I am currently employed as a VN Lecturer, and am part of the quality assurance team on the L3DVN course, along with carrying out TP approvals, student support and clinical coach training.
I also enjoy locum nursing, having worked in an out of hours role, worked with referral cases, and in clinical research. I recently completed my Advanced Certificate in the Veterinary Nursing of Avian patients, and I am currently working on my Advanced Certs in Reptile, Wildlife and Small Mammal Nursing too. I believe that in this career, we must continue to learn and develop ourselves, and I hope that as the Regional Representative for our area I can be part of the provision of worthwhile CPD for both student and qualified Veterinary Nurses, along with other members of the practice team. I will be led by your requests for CPD subjects.
I am also one of the founding members of the Vet Support Northern Ireland team, we are a group of Vets and Veterinary Nurses who have been specifically trained to provide mental health support to the veterinary community http://www.vetsupportni.co.uk/
I currently live in Newtownards, Co.Down, and outside of work, I keep a small herd of sheep, some pedigree Blonde d’Aquitaine cows – which I breed and show, two very naughty horses, some goats, three cats, a dog and a tortoise! I also have two lovely children and a very supportive partner.
I am looking forward to this new challenge and to meeting you all in the near future at our first meeting.
Louise Patterson RVN
Applications are open to a number of CAFRE Schemes, which can benefit farm businesses. These include:
- Business Development Groups – (including New Environmental Farming option) – Developing knowledge and skills by working together
- Farm Family Key Skills – Helping farm families meet tomorrow’s challenges
- Farm Innovation Visits – Sharing experience of innovative technologies on leading European farms
- Technology Demonstration Farms – Increasing technology adoption on Northern Ireland farms
To learn more about these schemes, you are invited to attend a ‘CAFRE – Supporting Your Farm Business’ event. These will be held on each of CAFRE’s campuses on the following dates:
|Date and time||Venue||Location|
| 2pm – 4pm |
Tuesday 26 November
7pm – 9pm
Tuesday 26 November
Thursday 28 November
Tuesday 3 December
|CAFRE Loughry Innovation |
| Loughry Campus|
A new BBC series, Mountain Vets, airs on Friday 15th November, 8pm. It follows three County Down practices as they do what they do best. Whilst we suspect that most visitors to the VetNI site know what happens in a vet practice on a day-to-day basis (!) why not tune in and see who you know? Vets, vet nurses, reception staff and the wider practice team – all serving their local community with warmth and sensitivity. The spectacular Mourne Mountains and County Down are shown in all their glory too so it won’t do NI tourism any harm!
With such highly sought after speakers as Adrian Boswood and Dan Brockman, how could it be anything but a success! A good turnout of vets from all over Northern Ireland came along to hear the two presentations. They also had the opportunity to take part in some practical human CPR training on the day too.
This event also saw the AVSPNI charity draw come to a close with Michael Woodside from Clare Vets winning the HeartSine defibrillator which was very kindly donated by HeartSine. All funds have been raised in aid of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke and the Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association.
Click the link below to read the article written by Holly Kernot from Vet Times…
DAERA have recently issued the poster (link below) to NI Veterinary Practices reminding them of the requirements in respect of the Pet Travel Scheme in the event of a no deal EU exit.
The poster is also available to download at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/pet-travel-after-brexit-advice-poster
Applications invited for this £2000 Educational Bursary open to N.I. Veterinary Practitioners to further expertise in any field of clinical veterinary science. The award was founded by the Veterinary Surgeons Supply Company in 1982 to encourage practitioners to further their expertise in a chosen discipline or project.
Applications must be submitted by 15th November.
Full rules can be found HERE and an application form can be found HERE.
As you know Red Tractor assured dairy members will be assured against a new version of the standard (V4.2) from Tuesday 1st Oct. Over the past few weeks Red Tractor have been working to ensure all are aware of the changes and what this may mean in terms of changes to current practices/documentation etc prior to their next assessment. A summary document can found at this link
Red Tractor have updated a number of the templates on the website to reflect the amends along with adding templates for any ‘new’ requirements– the library of templates can be accessed here
There is also an updated pre assessment checklist available which reflects the changes https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7046.pdf?_=637045208286914680
Should you have any questions about any of the standards or changes please do come back to our Dairy Technical Manager Kate Cross email@example.com