XLVets Skillnet Veterinary Graduate Programme 2019/2020

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    Learning outcomes

    Our structured programme is available to all new and recent graduates working at one of our member practices. The programme is a two-year comprehensive, practical
    and theory-based programme providing essential CPD required for a new graduates first job in practice. It also provides the opportunity to be supported within a national network, plus the opportunity to meet up and network with other new graduates on a regular basis.

    Dedicated learning time is allocated to the programme as well as the support of an experienced and committed veterinary surgeon who will be there to mentor and guide you through the learning experience. The programme will provide you with a solid foundation on which to build a solid and long-term career within the XLVets network.

    The programme commences in October 2019 and consists of 15 CPD days delivered over 2 years.

    Mentoring: Throughout the programme, you will have the ongoing support from an assigned mentor from within XLVets who will work with you to ensure training objectives are been acheived. 

    We are now welcoming applications for the 2019 XLVets Veterinary Graduate Programme, please complete our enquiry form and we will be in touch.

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    Section 1 –Bovine

    • 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

    Section 2 – Sheep

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

    Section 3 –Equine

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

    Section 4 – Small Animal

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

    Section 5 – Communication Skills/Compliance

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