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Training & Education

At CVP we believe that training and further education is vital. Both for the vets and for people for care and look after animals.

It is a Royal College Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) requirement that all vets in practice should complete at least 35 hours of CPD each year. AT CVP, our vets undertake a variety of different things to fulfill their CPD requirements by attending courses and talks, reading articles, taking part in webinars and preparing and taking part in meetings for our clients. This means that our vets keep up to date with current techniques and medicines.

Through our involvement with XLVets and Farmskills, we are able to provide LANTRA approved training courses and workshops. Both David Stockton and Steve Trickey are approved LANTRA trainers, having attended a 5-day “Train the Trainer” course, and are trained first-aiders.

The aim of the courses/workshops is to be as practical and as hands-on as possible to make sure you get the most out of the course. For this reason, numbers are often limited to make sure individual attention can be spent with each person by the trainer if needed.

Courses that have been run or are coming up include:

DIY AI Training – run over 3.5 days, successful trainees will be legally allowed to AI cows.

DIY AI Refresher Day – important to make sure your AI technique (from semen handling to insemination) is at the level it should be to maintain good conception.

Foot Trimming – 1 or 2 day courses teaching the Dutch 5 stage trimming techniques, recognizing different causes of lameness and foot lesions in cattle.

Safe Use of Medicines – with increased pressure to use medicines responsibly, this course includes safe injection techniques + what drugs to use and when and how.

Lambing Courses – ideal for people starting out with sheep and wanting a refresher, to know how to deal with sheep around the lambing time – when to intervene and when to let nature take its course.

Ewe/Tup Pre-Breeding – Ensure that both ewes and Tups are in the right condition to maximize the reproductive performance of your flock.

Johne’s Workshop – reduce risk of Johne’s disease on your farm

Fresh Cow Management – ensure maximum production from your cows after calving.

Calf Health – ensure your calves get the best start possible.

BVD – seminar on importance of eradicating/keeping BVD out of your farm

FarmSkills is a part of XLVets that helps co-ordinate the training provision. They help to keep us informed of any potential funding sources so that some courses can be subsidised. We aim to keep the cost of courses to a minimum to allow people to participate and feel they get value for their money. If there are any courses you would like to see run, please feel free to contact David or Steve or contact the FarmSkills office.

If you would like to receive information about courses we are running by email please send a message to: tiff@chapelfieldvets.co.uk