GradCert Dairy Herd Health
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
Grad Cert Dairy Herd Health consists of modules in herd health skills, dairy herd fertility, nutrition and production disease, milk quality and mastitis, calf health and heifer rearing, and bio-secure/infectious diseases.
• distance programme that is delivered on-line through the use of problem-based learning with current herd problems providing the necessary material.
• innovative online-learning activities coupled with hands on teaching of herd based clinical skills at the UCD Lyons Farm or the UCD Veterinary Hospital.
• practical sessions that will teach students a range of skills invaluable to cattle practitioners, for example body condition scoring, locomotion scoring, teat scoring, recent developments in reproductive ultrasonography for cattle.
Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
The programme is designed to offer busy veterinarians the opportunity to participate in part-time education and enjoy the benefit of:
• Studying online at a time and place that suits your needs,
• Joining an online community to exchange knowledge and ideas,
• Working in groups online to solve a range of current herd problems,
• Applying new learning experiences to professional practice.
Vision and Values Statement
The Irish dairy industry currently enjoys a reputation for good standards of animal welfare, an environmentally friendly production system and safe food products. In order to ensure good standards of dairy cow welfare, safe food products and profitable production systems are sustained in future, it is important that cattle veterinary practitioners continue to educate themselves in the area of dairy herd health. This is even more important when it is considered that Irish dairy producers are currently advised to increase in scale following the abolition of milk quotas in 2015. The aim of the programme is to equip bovine practitioners with the necessary skills to implement Herd Health and Production Management programmes on dairy farms. This programme has been developed in response to requests from practising veterinarians in Ireland, but it is also taken by some international students. The development of this programme is also in keeping with the forthcoming mandatory requirement of the Veterinary Council of Ireland for all registered veterinary practitioners to engage in Continuing Veterinary. The programme is run 95% online with a 5% face to face element.