XLVets Skillnet Veterinary Graduate Programme 2018/2019

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    What is the XLVets Veterinary Graduate Programme:

    Our graduate program is designed to provide a comprehensive mix of practical training delivered by our panel of experienced vets and other industry experts. The 2018/19 Programme will commence in October 2018 and includes training in the following core areas; bovine, sheep, equine, small animal and communication/soft skills.

    • 18 training days delivered over 2 years by our panel of experienced vets and industry experts
    • Open to new and *recent graduates employed within the XLVets network
    • Develop key clinical and client skills – Learn best practice
    • Access to our national support network with over 300 members
    • Support and advice from an assigned mentor

    *This graduate programme is open to vets who are within 3 years of graduation.

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    Throughout the programme, you will have ongoing support from an assigned mentor from within XLVets who will work with you to ensure training objectives are been achieved. This support will continue for a further 12 months after completion of your training.

    Areas covered in the programme:


    • Bovine Obstetrics, caesarean sections & calving
    • Calf medicine and treatments
    • Digit amputation & secondary surgeries
    • Post mortem techniques and disease investigation
    • Mastitis, milk quality and housing
    • Surgery including vasectomy, epididectomy & hernia repair


    • Sheep fertility, caesarean sections & lambing
    • Parasites and dosing strategies
    • Vaccination protocols
    • Metabolic diseases


    • Equine emergencies and acute trauma
    • Sedations and general anaesthetic options
    • Lameness examinations, diagnosis and treatments
    • Dentistry
    • Markings and horse passports- The rules and regulations

    Small Animal:

    • Consultations and in house testing
    • Neutering - cats and dogs
    • Anaesthesia including emergency and critical care
    • Soft tissue surgery

    Communication and Soft Skills:

    • Communicating better with clients
    • Compliance – prescribing and legislation
    • Driving skills

    This graduate Programme is partially funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES).


    In 2011, we launched XLVets Skillnet, with the objective of providing relevant CPD training to the veterinary sector. We also deliver a diverse range of training and mentoring initatives to the farming sector. We would like to acknowledge the support of our industry partners with this programme, they include Bimeda, Boehringher Ingelheim, Merial, MSD, Norbrook and Zoetis.

    In 2016, XLVets Skillnet was recognised as Ireland’s best Learning & Development network by the Irish Institute of Training & Development.

    Enrolment for the 2018/19 programme is now open, if you are a final year student or have graduated within the last 3 years and interested in joining an XLVets practice, we would love to hear from you. Places are available at practices throughout the XLVets Network*.

    To receive updates on our Veterinary Graduate Programme, please complete the form below.

    * To be offered a place on the Graduate Programme, you must be employed by an XLVets member practice

    On the 8th November 2017, we officaly launched our Graduate Programme in UCD, speakers on the evening included XLVets Nick Garvey and Conor Geraght, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Michael Doherty, Dean of the Veterinary School and Paul Healy, Skillnet Ireland CEO.