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 organisation, 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 the Irish College of Veterinary Surgeons (ICVS), 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. In 2008, 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.