We 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:
Note that online access will be available two weeks after each CPD talk.
Price: £60.00 inc VAT (£50.00 net)
Working in Scotland
Price: £90.00 inc VAT (£75.00 net)
Working outside Scotland
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
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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Speaker: Barbara Watson
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.
Speaker: Alastair Macrae
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.
Speaker: Karen Stewart
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.
Speaker: Liam Sinclair
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.
Speaker: Jill Thomson
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.
Speaker: Heather Stevenson
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.
Speaker: Molly McKay
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.
Address: SRUC Veterinary Services, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0PZ
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