Webinar: Managing Ovine in the New Regulatory Environment

Start date: 20 April 2023

Duration: 8PM (60 minutes)

Location: Online Via Zoom

Certificate: Pending CVE Points

Cost: Free to attend. Registration is required in advance

Programme overview

In this webinar hosted by XLVets Skillnet, Fiona Lovatt, Sheep Consultant will discuss the new regulatory changes in Ireland and how this will affect you as a vet advising your clients. We will look at the practical approaches we can take and learn more about what resources are available and how we can measure our progress. XLVets member, Nick Garvey, Old Church Veterinary Hospital will bring in some case specific examples from his practice.

This webinar is suitable for veterinary practitioners at any level and is free to attend, but registration in advance is required.

Webinar Details

During this session, we will cover the following;

  • What does the responsible use of antibiotics on sheep farms look like in 2023?
  • We will particularly consider lameness control and lambing time – especially watery mouth and joint ill control
  • What practical measures can we take to implement measures to plan ahead, prevent disease and protect flocks?
  • What resources are available to encourage and equip the practice team?
  • How can we facilitate better communication and engagement with sheep farmers?
  • What are our options to measure and monitor our progress?

About our Speakers:

Fiona Lovatt, BVSc, PhD, DSHP, DipCSRHM, MRCVS, recognised specialist in sheep health and production.

Fiona Lovatt runs the sheep veterinary consultancy business, Flock Health Ltd, which works with vets, sheep farmers, processors, retailers and pharmaceutical companies in UK and abroad.  As founder of the Flock Health Club concept, she is passionate about enthusing farm vets to actively engage with sheep farmers through principles that embrace best practice preventative measures.  She is a clinical associate professor at the University of Nottingham, a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and chair of the Sheep Antibiotic Guardian Group.  She has represented the UK sheep industry as a member of the RUMA Target Task Force since 2016.  Fiona is the clinical lead for Farm Vet Champions, a collaborative antimicrobial stewardship project that empowers and encourages vets to apply good antimicrobial stewardship principles by planning ahead, preventing disease and protecting the flock or herd.

Nick Garvey, MVB

Nick qualified from UCD in 2000 and has worked with Old Church Veterinary Hospital since, with clinics in Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Grange, Sligo. Nick became a partner in 2006 and practice principal in 2018. He enjoys the diversity of being in a mixed practice, equine, farm animals and small animals and one of his specialties is orthopedic surgery.

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, through our vets we deliver herd health training to farming clients also. We do this through the provision of high-quality, sector-led, subsidised training and education.

For further details visit https://xlvetsskillnet.ie/