Farm Post Mortems

Start date: 25 July 2023

Duration: 9:30am – 5pm

Location: Morning theory session - Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway | Afternoon practical session– Greenes Knackery, Lowville, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Certificate: Pending CVE Points

Cost: Member Rate €200, Non-Member Rate €400

Programme overview

This Farm Post Mortems event with trainer Ben Strugnell aims to equip large animal vets with the ability to perform a competent post mortem examination of cattle and sheep, to recognise gross post mortem findings associated with common causes of death, and gain knowledge of the sampling requirements to confirm suspected diagnoses. Disease pathogenesis, which makes understanding of disease processes, is also a major feature.

This course is aimed at farm animal vets at any level.  There are 12 places available.

Event Details


  • The most common diagnoses made in the last 4 years of post mortem examinations. 
  • Photographs to demonstrate common post mortem findings, lesions, sample collection etc organised logically by organ systems 
  • Pathogenesis of disease of the commonest diagnoses 
  • Case Studies to relate clinical presentation to gross post mortem findings 


  • Demonstrate post mortem examination techniques and appropriate sample collection
  • Handling and subsequent dispatch to the laboratory (where appropriate) for cost-effective testing
  • Pen side testing where appropriate


Ben Strugnell BVM&S Cert PM MRCVS

Ben graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2002 and worked in mixed practice in North Yorkshire for five years, specialising in farm animals. He then went on to work for the Veterinary Laboratory Agency in Thirsk, where he developed his skills in pathology. He subsequently set up Farm Post Mortems to offer a comprehensive gross post mortem services and to give vets and farmers a cost effective way of diagnosing disease and increasing livestock efficiency, so improving your profit margin.

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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