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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Bovine reproduction ultrasound scanning workshop

in conjunction 


Practical Bovine Ultrasonography Workshop
Wednesday, September 21st 2016
Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital is a long established multi-vet mixed veterinary practice situated in Cork City. Most of the work is in the area of dairy and companion animal practice but suckler beef herds and equine work also make up a proportion of the business. Over the years Abbeyville has steadily built up  fertility work to a significant level and clients demand exacting standards but appreciate the service and advice.. Ultrasonography is at the heart of this fertility work and  is performed throughout the year. Many of the farmer clients set up fertility appointments at the start of the season and tailored packages are customised to their individual needs. Fertility and Ultrasonography, which is all performed on an appointment basis during regular working hours, has provided a new and valuable income stream to the Practice.

The tutor
Fergus Smith MVB Cert DHH qualified from UCD in 1992. He has over 20 years experience in Large Animal practice. He has attended several ultrasonography courses delivered by international experts and has used the skills learnt at these workshops to help increase the level and quality of fertility work offered to the bovine clients of the Practice. He has run courses for farmer clients to demonstrate the benefits of veterinary involvement,including ultrasonography, in fertility improvement of their herds.

The course
This is a one day course aimed at vets new to the area of bovine ultrasonography and to vets who wish to refresh and improve their current ultrasonography skills. The course will consist of a morning of lectures followed by lunch and an afternoon of Practical demonstration on a host farm. Course participants will learn by scanning animals themselves with support and demonstration from the tutor and from Vetequip personnel. The course will be delivered at Abbeyville’s new purpose built veterinary hospital and the host farm is a modern, large progressive dairy farm with good facilities and quiet animals.
Course content  
  • Principles of Ultrasonography
  • Practical aspects on farm
  • Review of the Bovine Reproductive Cycle
  • Ovaries – Normal structures, pathology, appearance at different stages of the cycle
  • Uterus – Normal appearance at different stages of the cycle, pathology
  • Pregnancy – Stage of gestation, Normal embryo/foetal development, Pathology
  • Medication used in fertility – Synchronisation Programmes, Treatment of pathological presentations
  • How to develop and market a fertility service for your clients
Course Timetable
09:00 - 10:45 - Lecture x 2

10:45- 11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 - 12:45 Lecture x 2

12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch and Transfer to Host Farm

14:00 - 17:00 – Wetlab which will involve participants performing scanning procedure themselves
9.5 CVE points have been allocated for this event
Course Fee 295 euro

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.
Reserve your place now by contacting 

Peter Ryan 053 9100655