Advanced Bovine Lameness – Refresh and what`s new in Hoofcare

Start date: 29 May 2024

Duration: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Location: Ahascragh, Galway

Certificate: Pending CVE Points

Cost: €400

Programme overview

XLVets Skillnet are hosting a "Advanced Bovine Lameness - Refresh and what`s new in Hoofcare" event on Wednesday 29th May 2024.This advanced lameness course is aimed at experienced farm animal or mixed vets who already have a good understanding of the treatment of lameness, but want to improve their technical skills around both functional and curative hoof trimming and wish to better understand why cows become lame and what preventative advice vets can deliver.

Event Details

Learning objectives:

On successful completion of this module, delegates should be able to;

– Diagnose all common conditions causing lameness
– Deliver the most appropriate treatment for these conditions
– Source and maintain the best equipment currently available (knives, toe nippers, grinders, various types of blocks and glues)
– Consistently apply blocks that stay on and don`t fall off
– Deliver best current advice to farmers in relation to Mortellaro treatment and control, footbaths, footbath reagents, frequency of use, etc
– Deliver advice to farmer clients around best management practices to mitigate impact of lameness on their farms
– Work with farmers to develop a bespoke lameness control plan for their herds


Ger Cusack MVB MRCVS Cert DHH
Ger graduated from UCD in 1982 and is a practising vet in Comeragh Veterinary, a mixed, mainly dairy cattle practice, based in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. Completing the Certificate in Dairy Herd Health in 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.

Ned Dunphy
Hoof Trimmer with 40 years’ experience, involved with training hoof trimmers and delivering training to farmers on all aspects of hoof care and lameness prevention and mitigation.

About XLVets Skillnet:

Established in 2011, XLVets Skillnet is a not-for-profit Learning Network co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and our member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Of the 70+ Skillnet Ireland Learning Networks, we are the only Network dedicated exclusively to supporting the veterinary sector in Ireland. We do this through the provision of high-quality, sector-led, subsidised training and education.

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