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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

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.

NEW: Veterinary Ireland Policy on Anti-Microbial Resistance 2014

The Veterinary Ireland Policy on Anti-Microbial Resistance was launched at the Veterinary Ireland AGM & Conference on 28th November 2014.

Veterinary Ireland recognises and is very concerned about the growing global problem of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) in human and animal medicine, and our organisation is at the fore in leading a national debate on the issue of Anti-Microbial Resistance.

This detailed Policy Document has been prepared by Veterinary Ireland's AMR Working Group, comprising of members of all six Veterinary Ireland Interest Groups, representing the Food Animal, Companion Animal (VICAS), Equine, Local Authority, State Sector and Education, Research and Industry (ERI), and chaired by Dr Joe Collins.

Irish veterinary practitioners play an important role in protecting public health, having the capacity to be primary custodians of antimicrobial use in animals, but it is Veterinary Ireland's view that the regulatory authorities must also play their part in strengthening and enforcing the relevant legislation so as to reduce inappropriate antimicrobial usage.

Veterinary Ireland's AMR Policy Document sets out five achievable aims and eight practical recommendations intended to combat the development of AMR, for the benefit of all.

For a PDF of the policy please click on the link below:
Veterinary Ireland Policy on Anti-Microbial Resistance 2014

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 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


 

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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 2017 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 2017. 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

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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

 

About us

Established in 2001, with a pedigree back to 1888, the role of Veterinary Ireland is to represent veterinary surgeons and to facilitate the veterinary profession in its commitment to improving the health and welfare of the 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.

As both a trade union and a trade organization, affiliated to both the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Small Firms Association, Veterinary Ireland represents its members on a host of topics pertinent to the modern Irish veterinary surgeon, lobbying and negotiating with external bodies in order to express the views, aspirations and concerns of those members.

In addition, Veterinary Ireland provides a wealth of advice and support to its members on a multitude of issues from employment law advice to policies and procedures. The organisation is also able to offer discounted deals on all manner of relevant services including reduced rates for telephone calls, insurances, health care and pensions. Through its Interest Groups, and through its CVE Committees, Veterinary Ireland organises a number of Continuing Veterinary Education events throughout the year.

Communication is maintained with members through regular updates via both postal and e-mail mediums. In addition, each member receives a copy of the monthly Veterinary Ireland Journal, as well as the organisation’s internal newsletter, VetView. Veterinary Ireland also aims to expand on the use of its website at www.veterinaryireland.ie, in order to enhance communications to its members.

Moreover, membership of Veterinary Ireland provides the opportunity for its members to contribute to the representation of the Irish veterinary profession, its interests and ideals, not only in Ireland but also in Europe and throughout the world.

For more information on membership please click here.

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  • Attendees arriving at the AGM and Conference 2016.
  • Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President welcoming Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2016.
  • Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland and John O’Connor, Incoming President.
  • Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President; Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and John O’Connor, Incoming President at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference.
  • Caroline Garvan, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine; Cormac Feeney, Troytown GreyAbbey Equine Hospital; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Conor Geraghty, Food Animal Chair, Veterinary Ireland and Nuala O’Connor, Irish College of General Practitioners Lead, Healthcare Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Drug Resistance, speakers at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference.
  • Conor Geraghty, Food Animal Chair, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Pat Kirwan, Past President and John O’Connor, Incoming President.
  • Conor Geraghty, Food Animal Chair, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Damien O’Reilly, Chair, Scientific Session, Broadcaster, RTE and Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President.
  • Michael Sexton, Past President, Veterinary Ireland; Pat Kirwan, Past President, Veterinary Ireland; Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Conor Geraghty, Food Animal Chair, Veterinary Ireland and Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President.
  • John O’Connor, Incoming President and John O’Rourke, Past President.
  • Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President introducing Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine delivering the opening address at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference.
  • Damien O’Reilly, Broadcaster, RTE, chairing the Scientific Session: Antimicrobial Resistance.
  • Nuala O’Connor, Irish College of General Practitioners Lead, Healthcare Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Drug Resistance, keynote speaker.
  • Denise Roche, speaker, Kynetec; Cormac Feeney, speaker, Troytown GreyAbbey Equine Hospital and Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President.
  • Attendees at the AGM and Conference 2016 during the coffee break.
  • Michael Gunn and Noel Foley, Attendees at the AGM and Conference 2016 during the coffee break.
  • Nuala O’Connor, Irish College of General Practitioners Lead, Healthcare Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Drug Resistance, keynote speaker; Caroline Garvan, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, speaker and Joan Taylor.
  • Louis Hassett, Vice Chair, Equine National Committee; John O’Rourke, Past President and Conor Geraghty, Food Animal Chair, Veterinary Ireland.
  • Denise Roche, speaker, Kynetec.
  • Attendees at the AGM and Conference 2016
  • Attendees at the AGM and Conference 2016
  • Attendees at the AGM and Conference 2016
  • Attendees at the AGM and Conference 2016
  • Cormac Feeney, Troytown GreyAbbey Equine Hospital, speaker.
  • Peter Bishton, Deputy Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland addressing the Resolutions / Motions for debate.
  • Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland, addressing the AGM.
  • Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President after presenting the Chain of Office to Incoming President, John O’Connor.
  • Peter Bishton, Deputy Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland; Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President; Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland; David McArdle, FMB, Auditors and Donal Lynch, Treasurer, Veterinary Ireland at the AGM.
  • Donal Lynch, Treasurer, Veterinary Ireland, addressing the AGM.
  • Conor Geraghty, Food Animal Chair, Veterinary Ireland, speaker.
  • Julian Wells, VDS; Martin Hosegood, Farm Animal Claims Consultant, VDS; Mathew Austin, Hayes Solicitors and David Green, Veterinary Risk Director, VDS, during the coffee break at the AGM and Conference 2016.
  • Drinks Reception at the Presidents’ Dinner 2016.
  • Carol and John O’Connor, and Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Gerry Neary and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • John O’Connor, Incoming President and Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Peadar and Rosalinda Devereux, Chair, Equine National Committee, at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Brendan Smyth, Animal Welfare Committee Chair, Veterinary Ireland and Bernadette Smyth at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Rebecca Markey, Chief Executive, IFP Media and Niall O’Brien, IFP Media, at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Ann and Seamus O’Kane, NIVA President, at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Darragh Connolly, IPU President at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Judith and David Graham and Joe O’Flaherty and Ann Derwin at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Ciara and Pat Reid at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Roy Geary, APHA Chairman and Daragh Connolly, IPU President at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Andrew Macnamara, Veterinary Ireland; Neil McGuinness, Regional Manager, Davy Select, Major Conference Sponsor; Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland and Declan Gahan, Veterinary Ireland Financial Services at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Leo Powell, Editor, The Irish Field at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Orla and Frank O’Sullivan at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Veronica and Fintan Graham at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • John O’Connor, Incoming President; Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President and Cahir King, AVSPNI President.
  • John O’Rourke, Past President, Veterinary Ireland; Martin Blake, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Michael Sexton, Past President, Veterinary Ireland.
  • John O’Connor, Incoming President and Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President with the Chain of Office.
  • Neil McGuinness, Regional Manager, Davy Select, Major Conference Sponsor addressing the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • John O’Connor, Incoming President addressing the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner 2016.
  • Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President presenting the President’s Medal to Incoming President John O’Connor.
  • Mairead Wallace-Pigott, Outgoing President thanking her husband, Michael Pigott, MVB MRCVS, for his support during her Presidency.