April 2015

Ceva helps build vets’ confidence when performing routine cattle fertility visits  

Vets are being encouraged to speak with their Ceva Territory Manager about an upcoming cattle reproduction training day on the 22nd of April 2015, in Telford, Shropshire. The event is part of Ceva Animal Health’s reprodAction Young Vet Initiative educational project to help recent graduates, or those that are relatively new to dairy practice, expand their knowledge in this area.

The ‘Building Success Around the FertilityAbility of a living organism to reproduce. From a zootechnical point of view: ability to give birth to a calf, a lamb, a goat or a piglet. Routine Visit’ course has been set up to support vets in performing these visits and covers various topics including: identifying clients’ goals, setting herd targets and increasing pregnancy rates.

Katherine Timms, Veterinary Advisor at Ceva, says, “Routine fertilityAbility of a living organism to reproduce. From a zootechnical point of view: ability to give birth to a calf, a lamb, a goat or a piglet. visits is an area in which young vets can struggle to build confidence, as visits are normally performed solo, with little or no support. Being such a results driven area of practice, failure is very visible, and all this combined can intimidate recent graduates.”

When explaining how this scheme differs from other educational sessions, Katherine continues, “Cattle reproduction CPD is often quite complex, whereas this event aims to cover basics and most importantly, how to implement it all practically, with respect to treatment protocols.”

Paddy Gordon, who has a wealth of experience in the area of cattle reproductive management as Director of Shepton Veterinary Group, is one of the leaders of the event, and says, “This event is designed to address more than just theory, including how to communicate sometimes complex concepts to farmers, via role plays and group discussion. We have had great turnouts at previous events and feedback has always been positive. One of the most important aspects of the meetings is that they not only provide knowledge but also act as a platform for vets who are at the same stage in their careers to share information amongst each other, which is hugely valuable in building confidence.”

Vets who are interested in attending the upcoming reprodAction Young Vet Initiative course can apply via their Ceva Territory Manager. For support and further information on ruminant reproductive management, please call Ceva Animal Health’s technical team on +44 (0) 1494 781510 or contact Ceva Animal Health Ltd, Unit 3, Anglo Office Park, White Lion Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 9FB.