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Welcome to Veterinary Ireland

Veterinary Ireland is the representative body for veterinary surgeons in Ireland. Its role is to represent veterinary surgeons in Ireland and to facilitate the veterinary profession in its commitment to improving the health and welfare of animals under its care, to protecting public health and to serving the changing needs of its clients and the community through effective and innovative leadership. For information on membership and membership application click here.

We are also pleased to announce our Irish Veterinary Journal has now been fully re-launched as an open access journal with BioMed Central, and is freely available online please go to www.irishvetjournal.org

Upcoming CVE Events

Oct 12 – 14 CAVI Conference 2018 Mullingar Park Hotel
Nov 9 – 11 Equine Conference 2018 Celbridge Manor Hotel
Nov 23 Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2018 Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny

Vet Alerts 2017

VetALERTs, VetENEWS, CVEAlerts and FinanceALERTs

Veterinary Ireland communicates with its members in a variety of ways, including through the use of a variety of email “Alerts”.

These emails provide relevant, timely and time sensitive information to all those Veterinary Ireland Members for whom HQ has a recorded email address.

The main types of Email Alerts are:

VetALERTs - Sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., VetALERT emails contain time sensitive information, usually on a single topic, and sent to all relevant members, whether that be all Veterinary Ireland Members, or members of a specific Interest Group.

VetENEWS - Sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., VetENEWS emails contain Newsletters and Bulletins, either from Veterinary Ireland, or from European or Global Veterinary Organisations to which it is affiliated to, and sent to all relevant members, most usually those members of a specific Interest Group.

CVEAlerts - Sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CVEAlert emails are sent to all Veterinary Ireland Members containing information on forthcoming CVE Events being provided by Veterinary Ireland.

FinanceALERTs - Sent from Finance@vetireland.ie, FinanceALERT emails are sent to all Veterinary Ireland Members containing information on the services provided exclusively to members through Veterinary Ireland Financial Service Limited.

Veterinary Ireland HQ would issue a number of each of these types of email Alerts each year, so keep a look out for these in your email inbox, and please ensure that emails from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are on your “Approved Senders” list.

For details of any previous VetALERT, VetENEWS, CVEAlert or FinanceALERT emails, then please contact Veterinary Ireland HQ on 01-457-7976 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and the details can be forwarded to you again by email.

NB: If you are a Veterinary Ireland member, but you have not been receiving regular VetALERT emails, then it is likely that Veterinary Ireland HQ does not have an up-to-date e-mail address for you.

To rectify this, simply send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with VetALERT in the Subject Line and include your name, address and Vet Number in the text.

Policies

One of the principal aims of Veterinary Ireland is to continue to develop coherent policies on veterinary related issues, particularly in the areas of Animal Health, Animal Welfare and related Public Health.

Through the work of its Interest Groups and Specific Purpose Committees, Veterinary Ireland regularly formulates and revises Policies, Guidelines and Documents on a range of subjects, in order to assist its members in their roles as Veterinary Practitioners.

LATEST POLICIES

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Captive Wild Animals 24.5.18

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Brachycephalic Dogs 23.11.2017

Veterinary Ireland Position Statement on the Welfare of Pigs Kept in Intensive Systems 2017

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Cat Neutering 2017

OTHER VETERINARY IRELAND POLICIES
(Click on the title to Open the PDF of the Policy)

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Performance of Painful Procedures on Animals 2016

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Control of Dogs 2016

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Legislative Changes Required for Performance of Tail Docking and Dew Claw Removal in Dogs 2016

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Anti-Microbial Resistance 2014

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Welfare of Animals at Time of Slaughter 2014

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Surveillance of Farm Animals as a Tool to Monitor Environmental Contamination Caused by Industrial Activities 2014

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Use of Animals for Research 2014

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Welfare of Animals Slaughtered Without Stunning 2014

FVE UEVH Food Safety Brochure 2014

Other guidelines, documents and legislation are available to Veterinary Ireland Members in the Members only section of the website - Please log-in to view these documents.

In addition, Veterinary Ireland is an active member of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and its Sections (EVERI, UEVH and UEVP) as well as the European Associations representing Companion Animal Vets – FECAVA – and Equine Vets - FEEVA.

A wide range of policies and position papers are also available to Veterinary Ireland Members through the FVE, FECAVA and FEEVA Websites. Documents, policies and posters relating to Animal Health; Animal Welfare; Education; Medicines; Public Health; the Veterinary Profession and other related topics are available at:

FVE: http://www.fve.org/news/papers.php

FECAVA: http://www.fecava.org/content/guidelines-policies

FEEVA: http://www.fve.org/about_fve/organisations.php#feeva_policies

PLEASE NOTE: The National Council of Veterinary Ireland is currently undertaking a major review of all Veterinary Ireland Policies and Procedures, and this section of the Members only website is currently being revised.

In the meantime, should Veterinary Ireland members have any queries about these or any other policies, then please contact Veterinary Ireland HQ on 01-457-7976 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Veterinary Ireland Financial Services

‘Financial Solutions for a Better Tomorrow’

A dedicated, professional advisory service for members of Veterinary Ireland

Launched in October 2011, the role of Veterinary Ireland Financial Services Limited is to provide a comprehensive range of financial services for members, their families and employees.

Veterinary Ireland Financial Services Limited is approved and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veterinary Ireland.

Veterinary Ireland Financial Services Limited is staffed by two experienced Financial Advisors, Mary Goodman Mehigan and Declan Gahan who are available to call to members in their practices and homes. Mary and Declan have extensive knowledge of and experience in the financial services industry. They have held senior positions in banking, insurance and most recently a specialist financial services company catering exclusively for professionals.

Veterinary Ireland Financial Services Limited is available to provide comprehensive services in all areas of retirement planning, savings, investment and protection products for all of your professional and personal needs.

Full financial reviews are available to assess and advise on retirement planning, savings and investments and protection cover.

For more information please call 01 4577987 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To find out more about what we can do for you simply click here

VETERINARY IRELAND NEWS

2013


Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Irish Vets Can Partner Farm Expansion, Efficiencies and Quality

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Veterinary & Scientific Spotlight on Pets

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Vets Welcome Minister's Plans for Mandatory Microchipping of All Irish Dogs


2012

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Vets Highlight Halloween and Fear Problems in Dogs

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Veterinary Ireland congratulates the Gardai and DSPCA in rescuing puppies

National Animal Welfare Forum 2012 - View here

Veterinary Ireland News

2017

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 28th December 2017
Vets Concerned Over changes to Code of Professional Conduct by Regulatory Body and Implications for Animal Health & Welfare

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 24th November 2017
Veterinary Ireland warns of the potentially disastrous effects of Brexit on animal and public health

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 10th November 2017

John M Oxx Opens 2017 Veterinary Ireland Equine Conference

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 13th October 2017

CAVI Conference 2017 - World Class Veterinary Expertise for Irish Agri Food Sector

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 4th February 2017

Ireland’s Dog Trade and Breeding Establishments – What Next?


 

2016

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 5th December 2016

Vets Acknowledge Distinguished Equine Colleagues

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 25th November 2016

Antimicrobial Resistance, The Global Threat

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 11th November 2016

A world class Veterinary service for a world class equine sector 

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 29th July 2016

Veterinary Organisation's Opinion on the Needs of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 4th July 2016

Brexit must not undermine animal welfare & food safety standards

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 9th June 2016

Worldwide Cattle Veterinary Experts Convene in Ireland for
Global Congress #WBC2016

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 4th March 2016

Dog microchipping – Registration is the key to success of new laws


 

2015

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 27th November 2015

MaireadMcGuinness
Mairead McGuinness MEP Opens Veterinary Ireland Conference & AGM

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 13th November 2015

Collaboration between equine vets & horse industry can protect
& enhance the sector

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 9th November 2015
World Cattle Health Veterinary Congress to boost Irish economy by €6 million



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Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 9th October 2015
Old Problems - New Perspectives - CAVI Conference 2015


 

bionicvet

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland – Broadcaster Claire Byrne turns poster girl in support of SpayAware appeal

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland –
 Bionic Vet Joins Specialist Line-Up at Veterinary Ireland Conference in Galway


2014

Members Only Section

Please use your Veterinary Ireland username and password to access this section.

To become a member of Veterinary Ireland please download the membership form here or contact HQ directly on 01 4577976 and speak to one of our membership team.

The current benefits of Membership include:

  • Free Annual Subscription to the Veterinary Ireland Journal - Regular Price €245
  • Password secure access to the Veterinary Ireland website - www.veterinaryireland.ie
  • Regular updates by VetVIEW Newsletters and VetALERT & VetENEWS e-mails
  • FREE Financial Advice through Veterinary Ireland Financial Services Limited
    Comprehensive Services in all areas of Retirement Planning, Savings, Investment and Protection
    Products for all of your Professional and Personal needs.
  • Guidance and Support on: TVI Matters, Herd Health Planning, Animal Welfare, etc.
  • Substantial savings on Continuing Veterinary Education (CVE) events organised by Veterinary Ireland and other bodies
  • Business advice through ICTU and SFA on: Contracts, Health & Safety, Employment Law etc
  • THE OPPORTUNITY to make YOUR voice heard on key issues affecting YOUR PROFESSION
  • Veterinary Ireland Three mobile and landline affinity deal

Basic Membership for 2018 is €490, but retired members can join for as little as €125. There are preferential rates for recent graduates of €245 and final year veterinary students pay only €35 per year. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students are free. There is a preferential maternity leave membership rate of €245 - available on application to the Chief Executive for only one Membership Year during each separate Maternity Leave Period.

For those Members undertaking work for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), such as TVI work or ERAD work, there is an additional 1% levy deducted automatically by DAFM, to reflect the extra work undertaken by Veterinary Ireland on behalf of such members. All amounts paid are added to the Veterinary Ireland Membership subscription up to a total cap of €800 for 2018. For example, having paid basic membership of €490 (12 month membership), a member will pay an additional €310 from TVI/ERAD work and any payments received over this amount will be reimbursed in the following year.

Continuing Veterinary Education

One of the principle aims of Veterinary Ireland is to promote the science of veterinary medicine and the quality of animal and public health in various ways including the provision of opportunities for the continuing professional development of members.

This continuing professional development, or Continuing Veterinary Education (CVE), has become even more important to members over the past few years, and will remain important, if not critical, as the Veterinary Council of Ireland will be introducing Mandatory CVE for Registration from 1st January 2012. This means that in order to maintain Registration to practise veterinary medicine in Ireland, members will have to obtain 20 CVE Credits per year, or have a total of 60 CVE Credits over the previous three years.

The Veterinary Ireland website aims to promote CVE to all Veterinary Practitioners by advertising relevant CVE events, please go to our events calendar for course dates.

Veterinary Ireland members enjoy significant discounts for those events directly organised by Veterinary Ireland Interest Groups and Specific Purpose Committees, or for those CVE Courses held by affiliates and associate bodies. A number of events listed below will give significant savings on registration for members – so why not Join Now!

If you wish to advertise a CVE Event on this website, please contact Wendyrose Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that events will have to be approved for listing by Veterinary Ireland and details may be edited.

 

Contact Us

Tel: +353 (0)1 457 7976

Fax: +353 (0)1 457 7998

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Chief Executive Finbarr Murphy

Deputy Chief Executive Peter Bishton

Membership Co-ordinator 

Administration Susanne McCarney

Accounts Lisa O'Hanlon

For directions to HQ please click map icon

 

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  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland; John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland; John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland, at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland; Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland; Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Attendees at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland; John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Attendees and speakers at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Attendees at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Attendees at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Andrew Robinson, speaker, Vice President, FVE; Rens van Dobbenburgh, speaker, Vice President, FVE and Andrew Byrne, speaker, VetCEE, at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference.
  • Seamus Power and Tom Murphy at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Patrick Noel Foley and Michael Gunn at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Catherine Dwan; Vivienne Duggan; Don Collins and Lynn Hillyer at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Michael F Clancy; Jim Spratt; Patrick Cashman and Gerald Purcell at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Paschal Gibbons, Past President, Veterinary Ireland; Conor Geraghty, Food Animal Chair, Veterinary Ireland and Michael Sexton, Past President, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Finola McCoy; Lucy Metcalfe and Allison Kirwan at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Attendees at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Attendees at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland addressing the AGM.
  • John O’Connor, Outgoing President, presenting Gerry Neary, Incoming President with the Chain of Office.
  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland addressing the AGM.
  • Peter Bishton, Deputy Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland addressing the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • Paul Savage, DAFM; Seamus O’Kane, NIVA President; Andrew Robinson, Vice President, FVE; John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland; David Murphy, HPRA and Rens Van Dobbenburgh, Vice President, FVE Conference Speakers on Brexit at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2017.
  • John Comer, President, ICMSA; Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland and John O’Rourke, Past President, Veterinary Ireland at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Paschal Gibbons and Brendan Smyth at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Declan Crowley and Shauna Rahman, Editor, Veterinary Ireland Journal, at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Donal Lynch, Past President, Veterinary Ireland; Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, Food Safety Authority Ireland and Pierre Lemmer at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Una and Peter Mullowney and Martin Blake Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Peadar O Scanaill, Past President, Veterinary Ireland; John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland; Hazel Sheridan, DAFM and Don Collins, Equine Committee, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Rens Van Dobbenburgh, Vice President, FVE; Valerie Beatty, Registrar, VCI; Ray Finn, President, VCI; Miriam Finn and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland and Olive Neary at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Kathleen and Gerry Neary at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017 at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Gerry and Olive Neary and Family at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Michael Sexton, Past President, Veterinary Ireland presenting the Veterinary Ireland Distinguished Service Medal to Kevin O’Farrell, Fermoy, in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of veterinary science.
  • Kevin and Aggie O’Farrell and Family at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Andrew Robinson, Vice President, FVE and Rens van Dobbenburgh, Vice President, FVE at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Gerry Neary, Incoming President, addressing the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • David Fagan, Chief Operating Officer, Davy Select addressing the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • John O’Connor, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland and Gerry Neary, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner 2017.
  • Kevin O’Farrell, Peter Mullowney and Peter Bishton, Deputy Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Presidents’ Dinner 2017.