Enthusiastic Young vets from Somerset and Wales recently benefited from a cattle reproduction training day at Charlton House in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. The event was part of Ceva Animal Health’s new reprodAction Young Vet Initiative educational project to help young vets expand their knowledge.
A total of 24 young vets participated in the training, which was led by Paddy Gordon, Director of Shepton Veterinary Group, who has experience of dealing with routine fertility in herds from 100 to 1000 cows. The focus for the day was how to engage with farmers more effectively on the subject of fertility in the dairy herd. Delegates enjoyed some stimulating interactive workshops and discussion groups as well as entertaining role-play in order to better understand the client perspective.
Paddy Gordon explained: “When vets talk to farmers about fertility we often make it too complicated because we know the subject inside out. The intention of the training was to demonstrate how we can communicate in a more straightforward way to explain why better fertility, means better milk production. The goal is to help deliver the number of serves the farmer needs to achieve the required number of pregnancies to consistently replenish the herd with fresh calvers. This can be achieved with the technical skills and knowhow of vets, coupled with Ceva’s fertility products and synchronisation regimes.”
The session received some good reviews from delegates. One said: “It was a great opportunity to discuss both problems and solutions with other vets at the same stage in our careers and to share practical tricks and tips that have helped.”
The reprodAction Young Vet Initiative is open to recently qualified vets who are keen to improve their knowledge of cattle reproduction and who work for practices that are interested to grow their business by improving cattle reproduction on farms. The scheme includes Ceva-sponsored cattle fertility courses and support for dissertation programmes.
Potential candidates for the reprodAction Young Vet Initiative programme can apply via their Ceva Territory Manager. For support and further information on ruminant reproductive management call Ceva Animal Health’s technical team on +44 (0) 1494 781510 or contact Ceva Animal Health Ltd, Unit 3, Anglo Office Park, White Lion Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 9FB.