Annual General Meeting & Conference 2017 - 24th November – Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny
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
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Veterinary Ireland Policy on Performance of Painful Procedures on Animals 2016
Veterinary Ireland Policy on Control of 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:
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.
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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.
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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
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
Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 4th February 2017
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World Cattle Health Veterinary Congress to boost Irish economy by €6 million
Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 9th October 2015
Old Problems - New Perspectives - CAVI Conference 2015
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
Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Veterinary Ireland Launches Policy on Antimicrobial Resistance at Conference & AGM
Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Specialist Equine Vets Convene in Kilkenny for Scientific Conference
Media Release from Veterinary Ireland - Vets Urge Horse Owners To Be Vigilant As Incidence of Harmful Condition Increases
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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.
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!
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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.
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