XLVets Veterinary Practitioner Graduate Programme

Our structured XLVets Veterinary Practitioner Graduate Programme is available to all new and recent graduates. Delivered from October 2023 to November 2024, this comprehensive, practical and theory-based programme provides essential CPD required for a new graduates first job in practice.

The Programme is a comprehensive mix of 13 practical and theory-based modules, providing essential CPD for a new graduates first job in practice. Graduates gain insight and exposure to core areas including; bovine, companion animal, ovine, equine and communication, encouraging them to develop and enhance multiple competencies. Days are scheduled in 2 day blocks. So this gives participants the opportunity to catch up in an informal setting during the evening dinner. 

Cost: €4,500

Our current 2023/24 programme is FULLY BOOKED, details of our 2024/25 programme to follow.

2023/24 Programme Brochure

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Further Information

If you have any questions about the graduate programme, please e-mail: admin@xlvets.ie or call us on 061 381505.

Programme Schedule

Module 1 – Bovine 1
Wednesday, October 4th | Trainers: Donal Murphy / Kevin O Sullivan

Module 2 – Small Animal 1
Thursday, October 5th | Trainers: Michael O Connor / Kieran O Mahony

Module 3 – Bovine 2
Wednesday, December 6th | Trainers: Ger Cusack / Donal Lynch

Module 4 – Small Animal 2
Thursday, December 7th | Trainers: Brian Faulkner – The Colourful Consultation

Module 5 – Equine 1
Wednesday, January 31st | Trainers: Donagh Mc Donnell / Chris Mc Grath

Module 6 – Sheep 1
Thursday, February 1st | Trainers: Nick Garvey / Conor Geraghty

Module 7 – Small Animal 3
Wednesday, June 5th | Trainers: Kieran O’Mahony / Sean Coffey

Module 8 – Bovine 3
Thursday, June 6th | Trainers: Jerry Crowley / Chris Mc Grath

Module 9 – Equine 2
Thursday, August 1st | Trainers: Donal Lynch / Nick Garvey

Module 10 – Bovine 4
Tuesday, October 15th | Trainers: Ben Strugnell / Conor Geraghty

Module 11 – Bovine 5
Wednesday, October 16th | Trainers: Donal Lynch / Conor Geraghty

Module 12 – Communications
Wednesday, November 27th | Trainer: Michael Cox

Module 13 – Small Animal 4
Thursday November 28th | Trainer: Seamus Hoey


Kate Carr, 2021/2022 Cohort

“The Graduate Programme was a great way for me to integrate back into the country after working in Wales for a year and a half and then making the move to come back home to Ireland. The programme allowed me to learn things that you wouldn’t read in the book, we have all gone to college and we know all the theory but it’s great to hear from more experienced vets on how they do things and also to chat with my peers and share tips and tricks. The course is based around the core competencies a young vet needs, it focuses in on what we should be doing day to day and it goes through the basics of everything that you would be expected to do in the first couple of years in practice”

Aine Mulcahy, 2021/2022 Cohort

“The XLVets Graduate Programme has been a huge benefit to me especially after the COVID-19 pandemic made my other learning opportunities more limited. I have enjoyed meeting other vets who are in the same position as me and it’s a great opportunity to share stories of cases we have seen in practice and discuss tips and tricks”