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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

Animal Welfare Committee (AWC)

This page provides access to the relevant papers for the Animal Welfare Committee, both for future meetings and as access to previous papers.

To access the papers for any specific meeting, please click on the year in the left-hand column (e.g. 2018), and then select the relevant meeting.

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 Equality 22.11.2018

Veterinary Ireland Policy on the Use of Animals for Research 22.11.2018

Veterinary Ireland Guidelines for Vets on the Use of Animals in Scientific Procedures 22.11.2018

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Captive Wild Animals 22.11.2018

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Fur Farming 22.11.2018

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Brachycephalic Dogs 22.11.2018

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: https://www.fve.org/publication_category/position-papers/

FECAVA: https://www.fecava.org/en/policies-actions

FEEVA: http://old.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

2019

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 22nd November 2019
World antibiotic awareness week and one health highlighted at Veterinary Ireland AGM & Conference

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 22nd November 2019
Veterinary Ireland launches mental health support initiative

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 8th November 2019
VETERINARY IRELAND HIGHLIGHTS BATTLE AGAINST AMR & BREXIT RISKS

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 18th October 2019

DIVERSE ROLES OF LIVESTOCK VETS CHALLENGED BY BREXIT
2019 Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland Conference - Limerick

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 10th September 2019

Veterinary Ireland concerned Government not Brexit ready

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 30th August 2019

Veterinary Ireland concerned for animal health and welfare following closure of lay owned veterinary practice in Donegal

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland
 17th July 2019
Veterinary Ireland calls on the Veterinary Council of Ireland to uphold the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 as amended and ensure the autonomy of veterinary practitioners

2018

Veterinary Ireland Media Release 23rd November 2018
Irish veterinarians prepare for change to manage animal welfare and food security post brexit

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 9th November 2018
Irish Eventing Rider Sam Watson Opens Equine Veterinary Conference

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 12th October 2018

Food Sustainability, AMR and Calf Health under the Spotlight at Veterinary Conference

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 26th June 2018
Movie Fans Urged – Don’t Fall in Love with “Patrick the Pug”

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 11th June 2018
Veterinary Ireland Calls on Minister Ring to issue New Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 19th May 2018
Designer Dogs Creating Suffering and Health Problems

2017

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 26th June 2018
Movie Fans Urged – Don’t Fall in Love with “Patrick the Pug”

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

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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 €250
  • 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 2019 is €495, but retired members can join for as little as €127. There are preferential rates for recent graduates of €247 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 €247 - 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 €805 for 2019. For example, having paid basic membership of €495 (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.

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  • Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle, TD, Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland and David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2018.
  • Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle, TD and David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2018.
  • Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle, TD, and David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2018.
  • David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland, Simon Doherty, President, British Veterinary Association, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle, TD, Danny Holmes, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), and Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland.
  • Simon Doherty, President, British Veterinary Association, Speaker and Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2018.
  • Danny Holmes, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) and Conference Speaker, Eithne Leahy, Conference Speaker, Veterinary Ireland, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle, TD, and Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland.
  • David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland, David McKeown, Veterinary Defence Society (VDS) and Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland.
  • Danny Holmes, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), speaking to delegates at the AGM and Conference 2018.
  • Simon Doherty, President, British Veterinary Association, speaking at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference.
  • Members at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference 2018.
  • Members debating motions at the Veterinary Ireland AGM.
  • Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland addressing the AGM.
  • Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland presenting David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland with the Chain of Office.
  • David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland addressing the AGM.
  • Conor Geraghty, Chair Food Animal Interest Group, Veterinary Ireland and Stephen Devine, Galway at the Veterinary Ireland AGM and Conference.
  • Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Conference Speaker, Joe Collins, EVERI Representative and Conference Speaker, Simon Doherty, President, British Veterinary Association and Eithne Leahy, Conference Speaker, Veterinary Ireland.
  • Peter Nowlan, Dublin and Tom Murphy, Wicklow at the Veterinary Ireland AGM.
  • Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive, Veterinary Ireland and Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, Food Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
  • David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland and Gerry Neary, Outgoing President, Veterinary Ireland at the Presidents' dinner.
  • Dirk Huntenberg, Co. Tipperary and his wife Anne Marie at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Julie O’Brien and Tadhg Gavin, Co. Clare at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Simon Doherty, President, British Veterinary Association, Joe Collins, Veterinary Ireland EVERI Representative, David McKeown, VDS and Phil Walsh, President AVSPNI.
  • David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland with his wife Deanna.
  • David MacGuinness, Incoming President, Veterinary Ireland with his family at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Peadar O Scánaill, President, Veterinary Council of Ireland with his wife Susan and Louis Hassett, Equine Committee with his wife Trish at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Daragh Connolly, President, Irish Pharmaceutical Union, (IPU), John Keogh, Chief Executive, Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA) with his wife Patricia at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Paschal Gibbons, Past President, Veterinary Ireland with his wife Brid at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Cliona Skelly, Louis Hassett and Prof Michael Doherty at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Paul McDermott, Mayo with his wife Lorraine.
  • Pamela Byrne with her husband Pierre at the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Attendees at the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Neil McGuinness, Davy Select, sponsors of the Veterinary Ireland Dinner.
  • David MacGuinness, Incoming President addressing the Veterinary Ireland Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Gerry Neary, Outgoing President presenting Incoming President, David MacGuinness with the President's Medal.
  • Gerry Neary, Outgoing President with his wife Olive.