Policies

One of the principal aims of Veterinary Ireland is to continue to develop coherent policies on veterinary issues.

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.

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, Members should contact Veterinary Ireland HQ on 01-457-7976 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , should they have any queries regarding Veterinary Ireland Policies, Guidelines or other documentation.

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 antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in human and animal medicine, and our organisation is at the fore in leading a national debate on the issue of antimicrobial resistance

This detailed Policy Document has been prepared by Veterinary Ireland's AMR Working Group, comprising of members from 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 copy of the Policy, please click on the following link:

Veterinary Ireland Policy on Anti-Microbial Resistance 2014

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, Members should contact Veterinary Ireland HQ on 01-457-7976 or 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. , should they have any queries regarding Veterinary Ireland Policies, Guidelines or other documentation.