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Delivered by veterinary professionals.

Practical Demonstration

Practical, easily implementable training.

Instant Access

Start immediately, unlimited access and mobile friendly.

Resource Library

Access to online articles, videos and our members magazine.

Why People Choose Agri Academy

Our training addresses relevant animal health issues on farm, delivered in a practical manner by veterinary experts. You can access our training 24/7 and learn on the go with our mobile friendly bite-sized modules

FREE online training for farmers

Reliable, practical and relevant advice on animal health and welfare issues

Training delivered by veterinary experts

Enhance current skills and learn new skills through our innovative online platform

Make more informed decisions on farm

Mobile friendly and accessible on the go

Meet Our Expert Trainers

Our modules are delivered by veterinary experts who are dedicated to addressing the animal health training needs of livestock farmers in Ireland

Conor Geraghty

Conor Geraghty, native of Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, graduated with an MVB from University College Dublin in 1999. Following terms in both large animal and equine practice in the midlands and West of Ireland

Conor is now principal of Geraghty & Neary Veterinary, a three person large animal/equine practice in east Galway. His specific veterinary interests include herd health, reproductive efficiency in beef and dairy cattle and knowledge transfer. He graduated from UCDs Dairy Herd Health in 2016. Conor is also a long-standing member of Veterinary Ireland. He has served on the CAVI (Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland) committee since 2011 and has been Chair for the past two years. He is currently Chair of the Food Animal Group of Veterinary Ireland. He is an active member of a number of working groups within the organisation including the BVD Implementation Group. Conor manages a successful beef herd and breeds Belgian Blue cattle in his spare time.
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Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch is originally from Dublin and is now based and working in Tullamore. He qualified as vet in UCD in 2000. He is past President of Veterinary Ireland and past Chairperson of the Food Animal Group of Veterinary Ireland

He is also a member of XLVets IRELAND, a group of independently-owned veterinary practices that have come together to work to improve the health of the animals under their care. Since qualification he has worked in mixed general practice with particular emphasis in cattle health and production. Prior to qualifying as a vet he spent time working in the agricultural sector on a large progressive dairy herd. Donal maintains a keen interest in all veterinary and agricultural matters. Donal is a member of the IBR Technical Working Group and one of the Veterinary Ireland representative on the BVD Implementation Group.
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Ger Cusack

Ger graduated from UCD Vet College in 1982 and is a practicing vet partner in Comeragh Veterinary, a mixed, mainly dairy cattle practice, based in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.
Completing the Certificate in Dairy Herd

Healthin 2015 revived Ger’s interest in Bovine Preventive Medicine. The management and control of Bovine Lameness is a field of particular interest to Ger and he has delivered many courses to both vets and farmers on this and related topics.
Ger is an elected member of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, the statutory body that is responsible for the regulation of the veterinary profession in Ireland Member of the Animal Health Ireland Lameness Technical Working Group.
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Module One

The Essentials of Good Medicine Management on Farm

Gain a deeper understanding of best practice in the safe use of veterinary medicines on the farm. Topics covered in this module include:

  • Vaccine regulations
  • Correct use of vaccines, anthelmintics and antibiotics
  • Antimicrobial resistance Accurate record keeping
Module Two

Pneumonia: Reduce The Financial Impact In Your Herd This Winter

We consider best practice tips to help reduce pneumonia outbreaks. Topics covered in this module include:

  • The financial impact
  • Identifying the clinical signs
  • Ventilation & housing
  • Vaccinations and effective treatments options
Module Three

Best Practice in Drying Off Cows

We discuss best practice when drying off cows. Topics covered in this module include:

  • Selection criteria
  • Step by step guide of the techniques & equipment used
  • Key principles of selective dry cow therapy
Module Four

Lameness: Reduce the Incidents In Your Herd

We look at the steps you can take to reduce the losses associated with lameness. Topics covered in this module include:

  • Lameness Costs
  • The most common lameness conditions affecting the foot
  • Hoof pairing and hoof care
  • Hygiene, housing, Roadways and collecting yards
Module One

The Essentials of Good Medicine Management on Farm

Gain a deeper understanding of best practice in the safe use of veterinary medicines on the farm, includes;

  • Vaccine regulations
  • Correct use of vaccines, anthelmintics and antibiotics
  • Antimicrobial resistance Accurate record keeping
Module Two

Pneumonia: Reduce The Financial Impact In Your Herd This Winter

We consider best practice tips to help reduce pneumonia outbreaks, includes;

  • The financial impact
  • Identifying the clinical signs
  • Ventilation & housing
  • Vaccinations and effective treatments options
Module Three

Best Practice in Drying Off Cows

We discuss best practice when drying off cows. Course includes;

  • Selection criteria
  • Step by step guide of the techniques & equipment used
  • Key principles of selective dry cow therapy
Module Four

Lameness: Reduce the Incidents In Your Herd

We look at the steps you can take to reduce the losses associated with lameness, includes;

  • Lameness Costs
  • The most common lameness conditions affecting the foot
  • Hoof pairing and hoof care
  • Hygiene, housing, Roadways and collecting yards

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are XLVets Skillnet?

In 2011, XLVets Ireland established XLVets Skillnet, funded by Skillnet Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills. XLVets Skillnet is a learning network supporting the training needs of the veterinary and agri sector in Ireland. We are just one of 68 Skillnet Networks, who receive funding from Skillnet Ireland. This funding allows us to work with our members to identify and create bespoke, practical training to help your business be more competitive and profitable. Our courses promote workplace development and lifelong learning.
For more information visit https://www.skillnetireland.ie/

Why should I do this training?

If you are interested in high quality training delivered by veterinary experts, then sign up to Agri Academy for FREE today. Training is practical, relevant and implementable. Our training is delivered in easy to watch bite-sized sessions, accessible 24/7 and mobile friendly. 

When completing a module, how do I return to where I left off?

Once you sign up, you will need to enrol on each module separately including our resource library.

As you work through a module, you’ll see a checkmark next to the completed section and your course progress percentage will increase. Incomplete lectures are denoted with an empty or a partially filled-in circle. Completed sections are denoted with a checkmark. You can view individual section progress and course progress in the course sidebar. Sections will only be marked as complete ONLY if the Complete and Continue button is clicked. When you return to the module, you will see where you left off on the left-hand side of the screen.

XLVets Agri Academy is hosted on a platform called Teachable – for more information on navigating through modules, click here

Do I have to complete every section?

You must complete each section before moving onto the next section. Agri Academy is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish. Our training is accessible from many devices and mobile friendly. Once all modules are completed you will be issued with a certificate of completion.

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Testimonials

See what our trainees have to say about the training XLVets Skillnet deliver

One of the main principles of organic livestock farming is to maintain the highest possible animal health and welfare standards. We have participated in a number of XLVets Skillnet programmes, delivered by trainer Mark Drought, Avondale Veterinary. Mark has always been available to give advice on any animal health issues and assisted Cloragh Organic Farm in drawing up an animal health plan that has helped prevent disease on our farm and improve overall flock health.

Lucy TottenhamCloragh Organic Farm, Wicklow

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