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SPECIALIST EQUINE VETS CONVENE IN KILKENNY FOR SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE
Horses have been an important part of Ireland’s social and economic fabric for centuries and they support thousands of jobs across the country, both directly and indirectly, including throughout rural Ireland.
The point was highlighted at the Irish Equine Veterinary Conference hosted by Veterinary Ireland and taking place at Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny. Opened by the Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr. Andrew McGuinness, it featured international, national and local speakers. The main conference on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November 2014; was preceeded by a ‘wetlab’ on the afternoon of Thursday 6th November at the superb facilities in Ballylinch Stud in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Don Collins, Chair of the Veterinary Ireland Equine Group, said that annual conference offers a variety of diverse practical workshops and scientific presentations to help specialist equine vets to upskill and continue to provide up to date and state of the art clinical advice to their clients in this important sector.
Dr. Vivienne Duggan, President of Veterinary Ireland called for private veterinary practitioners to be granted access to the central database for horses - including information about the person responsible for the horse and the status of the horse with regard to food production. “This will allow veterinary practitioners to ensure that they are using the most appropriate medicines both for optimum clinical effect and in line with the current legislation in equine veterinary work, which will become increasingly important as the equine sector continues to recover economically and to support its positive expansion in the future.” said Dr. Duggan.
Pictured at the Veterinary Ireland equine conference were: Dave Stack; Jurgen Bodamer; John Newcombe; Mayor of Kilkenny Cllr Andrew McGuinness; Catherine Dwan; Don Collins; Jim Schumacher and Rosalinda Devereux.