2019/20 Bitesize CPD Talks for Vets

CPD coursesWe offer membership that allows each individual veterinary practitioner free access to all 8 CPD talks held in 2019/2020.

You can attend events in person and/or get time-limited access (3 weeks) to pre-recorded presentations. 

Personalised CPD certificate provided for each talk you attend.

The cost per person attending is as follows:

  • Working in Scotland £60 inc VAT
  • Working outside Scotland £90 inc VAT

Note that online access will be available two weeks after each CPD talk.

2019/20 Bitesize CPD membership

Price: £60.00 inc VAT (£50.00 net)

Working in Scotland

2019/20 Bitesize CPD membership

Price: £90.00 inc VAT (£75.00 net)

Working outside Scotland


Hot topics in dairy cow nutrition

Date: 3 October 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZZ
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Alastair Macrae

Talk summary:
Dairy cow nutrition represents the largest variable cost associated with dairy production, and can have major effects on cow health, productivity and fertility. However despite its importance, nutrition remains an opaque and rarely discussed topic for most veterinary practitioners. This talk will cover some of the current topical areas in dairy cow nutrition, discussing ways that veterinary practitioners can potentially assess nutrition, and what developments may occur in the future.

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Treating the backyard chicken

Date: 23 October 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: Cross keys Hotel, The square, Kelso, TD5 7HL
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Barbara Watson

Talk summary:
With chickens being the sixth most popular pet in the UK and over 600000 people now keeping domestic poultry it is no surprise that they are becoming ever more common place in the consult room. This talk aims to cover the common condition and the basis of diagnosis and treatment. Sometime will also be spent on preventative medicine and husbandry. Basic post mortem technique will be discussed as well as notifiable diseases to be aware of.

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Practical mineral nutrition for sucklers and sheep

Date: 20 November 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: Station Hotel, 1 Leonard Street, Perth, PH2 8HE
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Karen Stewart

Talk summary:
There is a wide range of information available to farmers about mineral nutrition for suckler herds and sheep flocks and not all is evidence based. This can lead to wide variations in mineral supplementation. This interactive talk aims to update information on the common pitfalls in providing mineral nutrition and includes discussion of clinical cases seen by SRUC vets where requirements may not have been met.

APHA will participate with a short communication on “APHA update”.

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An update on common conditions of pigs, their management and control

Date: 4 December 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: Cross keys Hotel, The square, Kelso, TD5 7HL
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Jill Thomson

Talk summary:
This talk will address the main health issues of pigs, with approaches to diagnosis, management and control. The structure of the pig industry and current health initiatives will be discussed as well as guidance on pig welfare relating to changes in legislative requirements. The talk will cover aspects for small holders as well as larger commercial farms, so there should be something for everyone! A question and answer discussion session will add to the entertainment.

APHA will participate with a short communication on “APHA update”.

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Improving the health and performance of dairy cattle through better copper nutrition: can you have too much of a good thing?

Date: 5 December 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZZ
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Liam Sinclair

Talk summary:
Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element and its supply has important consequences on the performance, health, and fertility of dairy cattle. A Cu responsive disorder is often associated with symptoms such as impaired growth, anaemia and infertility. Recently there has been evidence of considerable over-supplementation of UK dairy cows, and it has been suggested that this may be related to the perception that, in the absence of clinical Cu toxicity, there is no detrimental effect of over-supplementation. Supplying the correct amount of Cu is complicated by interactions with other minerals such as molybdenum and sulfur in the rumen, although these effects are poorly understood. This talk will focus on recent research that has been addressing the long-term effects of over-supplementation of Cu. It will also address factors that can influence Cu absorption and metabolism, and discuss means of determining Cu status on commercial herds.

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Health issues in growing lambs

Date: 15 January 2020 at 2.00pm
Venue: Storehouse, Foulis Ferry, Dingwall, Evanton, IV16 9UX
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Heather Stevenson

Talk summary:
This talk will focus on the investigation and prevention of ill thrift in lambs.  An overview of growth rate targets will be followed by discussion of the main production limiting issues including parasitic conditions, trace elements and infectious disease.   Different testing options for monitoring and diagnosis will be considered.

APHA will participate with a short communication on “APHA update”.

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Health planning - a pleasure or a chore? 

Date: 16 January 2020 at 7.30pm
Venue: The Redgarth Hotel, Kirk Brae, Old Meldrum, AB51 0DJ
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Molly McKay

Talk summary:
This will be a short insight into how I approach health planning. My ethos is that both clients and vets must see it as delivering a financial benefit over the cost.  In my opinion what prevents engagement in health planning in most cases is vets’ perception, and in all honesty fear of not delivering on health planning, so the aim of this talk is to give vets tools and approaches to get clients queuing up for Herd Health Plans because they want them and not because they have an audit next week.

APHA will participate with a short communication on “APHA update”.

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2000 Beef cows: calf losses from breeding to weaning 

Date: 12 February 2020 at 7.30pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZZ
Light dinner will be provided before the start of the event

Speaker: Tim Geraghty

Talk summary: 
Calves weaned per 100 cows bred is a Key Performance Indicator in beef herds. Calf losses by abortion, stillbirth, neonatal or older calf death cause significant financial loss and can negatively impact animal welfare. The incidence and causes of such losses are poorly recorded in the veterinary literature. This talk will present the results from a two year study that aimed to describe the incidence and cause of calf losses from ~2000 Scottish beef cows over two consecutive seasons. Fourteen beef farmers were recruited on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis following awareness raising. Participating farmers recorded animals bred from April – August, and a pregnancy result, in each year (breeding 2017 and 2018). Every calf death (abortion, stillbirth, first week or prior to weaning) was submitted to SRUC Vet Services, Aberdeen for post-mortem investigation.

The full results of the two year study will be presented, followed by open discussion. The talk will be of interest to vets actively involved in health planning for beef herds, and interested in improving production efficiency.

APHA will participate with a short communication on “APHA update”.

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CPD for Vets

Address: SRUC Veterinary Services, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0PZ

Telephone: 0131 535 3130

Fax: 0131 535 3131

E-mail: cpdforvets@sac.co.uk