Here at Vetcare, we believe everyday is a learning day and we strive to keep ourselves informed of the ever changing advances in the Veterinary field. We are always keen to improve our knowledge and this enables us to offer you and your much loved pet the best possible care and treatment we can.

Kevin recently attended the ‘North American Veterinary Conference’ in Florida. This conference covers all aspects of surgical and medical problems in veterinary and deals with any new advances and treatments. The conference is a full 5 days and Kevin attends this annually. The highlights of the conference this year were:

  • Intensive abdominal and thoracic radiology sessions.
  • Sessions on Neurology and Hepatology
  • Surgical techniques, such as Gastropexy and Perineal Urethrostomy.


Colette attended the Knowledge Transfer Scheme, run by the Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Ireland last Thursday in Abbeyleix. This scheme aims to improve farm productivity by working with individual farmers to implement herd health plans.

The Kildare Veterinary Clinical Society run regular evening meetings throughout the year. Last nights topic was ‘The Red Eye’ presented by Natasha Mitchell, who is a recognised ophthalmology specialist, the evening was sponsored by Royal Canin and was attended by Catherine and Aisling.

We have regular lunchtime and evening learning sessions in Vetcare. Next weeks lunch and learn is on Weight Management and is sponsored by Hills.

We also have an evening presentation in the clinic next week, sponsored by IDEXX and will be presented by Gemma Hannah RVN and will cover advances in interpreting haematology results.

Our nurse Shauna is heading overseas to the UK in March to participate in the Royal Canin Pet Health Councillor Course. This is an intensive, 2 day course on nutrition and covers all the nutritional needs of your dog or cat during all lifestages and illness. Once completed, Shauna will be the second Pet Health Councillor in Vetcare Athy. Emma is also planning to attend this course in November this year.