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Dairy Herd Health

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.

The learning activities will involve contributing to an online community to discuss relevant topics in the area of Dairy Herd Health e.g. providing examples of farm data, summaries of herd problems, accounts of successful or unsuccessful husbandry protocols (or other relevant information). The use of an online community discussion forum that will have a predetermined tutor input will assist in creating a truly innovative educational experience for participants. The use of problem based learning will ensure that participants are exposed to relevant case study material in an environment where their peer's views and their own can be discussed to the benefit of all.

Finally, it is envisaged that some material will be taught by e-lectures, these will contain a synopsis of recent information of tried and tested protocols for herd investigations in all key areas that are used routinely by UCD Dairy Herd Health.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a degree in Veterinary medicine that is registerable with the Veterinary Council of Ireland (

Non-UCD Graduates must provide transcripts of degree(s).

International applicants must demonstrate proof of English proficiency.
If English is not your native language and unless you have completed your primary degree through English, an English language qualification is required (e.g. IELTS/TOEFL).
IELTS – an overall score of 6.0 IELTS (90-100 Internet Based)
TOEFL – 550 on the paper-based test TOEFL (213 on Computer Based)

An extensive induction to learning online will be provided, however applicants will also require:
1. Broadband Access
2. Access to a computer
3. Basic IT skills (e.g. the ability to browse the internet, use email and word processing, spreadsheet applications etc.).


18 months part-time.
Each week students will be expected to contribute to a range of online-learning activities; this will require approximately 10-12 hours of work per week.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Margaret MacDonagh
Contact Number: +353 (0) 1 716 6233

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
VET40130 - Dairy Herd Fertility
VET40140 - Calf Health & Heifer Rearing
VET40150 - Milk Quality & Mastitis
VET40160 - Infectious diseases, biosecurity and parasite control
VET40170 - Nutrition&Production Diseases
VET40180 - Herd Health Investig Skills


GradCert Dairy Herd Health
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

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.

Application date

Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September.

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