Welcome to XLVets Skillnet

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    Winner of the Best Learning & Development Organisation (Networks & Groups) at the 2016 IITD National Training Awards

    XLVets Skillnet was launched in June 2011. Training events organised by XLVets Skillnet are supported by Skillnet Ireland. Since our inception, we have had great engagement from the farming community, the veterinary supply chain and academia. XLVets recognised the problems faced by farmers and devised a strategy for addressing them through the delivery of relevant and practical training programmes that link back to an overall objective of prioritising disease prevention in livestock.

    Training and development is recognised as a critical success factor for future growth and competitiveness in many sectors. Farming is no different! Therefore, the role of those responsible for the delivery and management of training is of vital importance. XLVets Skillnet is delighted to be part of this story.

    For further information, please visit: www.skillnetireland.ie

    XLVets Skillnet offer a wide range of courses including CPD events for those working within the veterinary sector, we also provide short courses and longer term training for farmers. See our list of upcoming courses below; further information is available on the Skillnet Ireland website, click here.

    The Skillnet Ireland Trainee Privacy Statement may be accessed by clicking on the below link: http://www.skillnetireland.ie/data-protection/Skillnet-Ireland-Trainee-Privacy-Statement


    The Agri Academy is an online learning platform designed to address the animal health training needs of livestock farmers.

    Agri Academy

    The goal of the Agri-Academy is to pool the knowledge and experience of the XLVets network and to translate it into practical, relevant and implementable training for farmers. Courses are organised so that learners can decide their own learning requirements and track and trace their own progress.

    The training modules on the Agri Academy are designed to support and compliment the live training events offered through XLVets Skillnet. The information offered through the Agri Academy is not a substitute for veterinary advice.

    Click on the below link to go to our Agri Academy page.


    2018 Training Schedule:


    Event Details Trainer/Facilitator Date & Location
    9/10 Jan

    Large Animal Vet Conference

    Day 1 - Hoof Signals Interactive Lecture & on-farm Workshop

    Day 2 - Post Mortems


    Bert Van NiejenHuis 


    Ben Strugnell

    Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe
    7/8 Feb

    Graduate Programme

    Day 1 - Equine 1 - Markings, Colic, Castrations, Dentistry and Lameness

    Day 2 - Sheep 1 - Fertility, Lambing & Caesarean Sections, Vaccinations, Dosing & Metabolic Diseases

    Donnagh McDonnell/Chris McGrath

    Nick Garvey/Conor Geraghty

    22 Mar Treatment of Canine Congestive Heart Failure Mike Martin Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise
    3 Apr Equine Nutrition & Hoofcare Philip McManus Ower Equine Centre, Galway
    24 Apr Udder Things Milk Quality Study Launch Night Tommy Heffernan O Connor Julian Vets Practice, Cashel
    25/26 Apr

    Graduate Programme

    Day 1 - Consultations

    Day 2 - In house testing - e.g. blood work, urinalysis, skin scraping

    Soft Tissue Surgery/OOH Emergencies - e.g. acute poisoning, seizing dogs, orthopaedics, nutrition

    Brian Faulkner


    Sean Coffey/Kieran O'Mahony

    Luis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin
    May/June Social Media/Marketing Training Irish Business Training Ltd T.B.C.
    13/14 Jun

    Graduate Programme

    Day 1 - Bovine 4 - Mastitis, Milk Quality, Housing

    Day 2 - Communications - Communicating effectively with clients, etc.


    Jerry Crowley/Willie Buckley


    Michael Cox

    Clonmel Park Hotel
    2/3 Aug

    Graduate Programme

    Day 1 - Equine 2 - Emergencies, Acute Trauma, Sedations & GA options

    Day 2 - Post Mortems - Techniques, Disease Investigation, Secondary Diseases


    Donal Lynch/Nick Garvey


    Ben Strugnell


    2018 Mentor Programmes  

    The objective of the XLVets Skillnet mentor programs is to enable livestock farmers achieve a higher level of insight in the following subject areas:

    Dairy herd health status – DairyMentor

    Respiratory disease – PneumoMentor and NasoMentor

    Livestock Nutrition – Mineral Mentor (Bovine and Sheep) & ForageMentor

    Parasitology – (FaecoMentor)

    Milk quality – MastiMentor

    Each program is tailored to the needs of the individual farm. The farmer receives a report, recommendations and implementation support with moving to a higher level of performance in the mentor program topic area.

    Canine Pruritus (Dermatology Training):

    XLVets Skillnet is currently working with its member veterinary practices on a research project on skin diseases commonly occurring in dogs and the efficacy of alternative treatment approaches. The findings of the study will be used to inform a training event in October 2018. More details to follow.







    About Skillnet Ireland

    Skillnet Ireland actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs. We fund groups of companies in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through training networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses.

    We fund training networks in a range of sectors and/or regions around Ireland that primarily provide training to member companies and their employees, as well as training to eligible unemployed people.

    Employer needs are addressed through both the preservation and growth of jobs, focusing on skills to maintain businesses and protect jobs as well as the enhancement of new skills to create new jobs.

    The needs of unemployed people are addressed through activation and conversion by focusing on integrated training with employees and dedicated conversion courses and work placement in areas of employment potential.

    Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES).

    We are always delighted to hear from people who feel they will benefit from attending our events. XLVet Skillnet events are open to non-XLVet Skillnet members and are free of charge to eligible job seekers. Please read the eligibility criteria for job seekers. Direct your enquiries to the XLVets office at 061 381505 or by email to denise.duggan@xlvets.ie.

    The XLVets Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

    Skillnet focusses on supporting those in employment within the veterinary sector/region. A number of other Skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet Ireland Employment Activation programme. This initiative is designed exclusively for unemployed people and includes free training in skills in demand by companies combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements. For further information on Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, subject to eligibility criteria, see the Skillnet Ireland website.

    The suite of Skillnet Ireland Management Development Management Programmes are available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses achieve better results. Click here for more information.