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Expressions of Interest from Private Veterinary Practitioners (PVP) in relation to the Knowledge Transfer Programme

Revised 06.04.2018

Expressions of Interest from Private Veterinary Practitioners (PVP) in relation to the Knowledge Transfer Programme

The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) continues to accept expressions of interest from private veterinary practitioners (PVP) in relation to the Knowledge Transfer Programme 2016-2019.  Under this Programme, some 1,100 groups of farmers are receiving targeted up-skilling and training.

The preparatory analyses underlying the development of the Knowledge Transfer Programme and the Rural Development Programme as a whole identified the delivery of animal health measures by approved PVPs as a key priority area for inclusion in this targeted up-skilling of farmers. Thus, farmer participants in Knowledge Transfer Groups for Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Equine and Poultry sectors are required to complete Animal Health Measures (AHM) with a KT Approved  PVP as part of an annual Farm Improvement Plan over each of the three years of the programme.

This will involve one to one on-farm consultation between the PVP and the individual farmer participants on topics such as Calf Health, Bio-security, Parasite Control, Lameness and Fertility as appropriate to the sector. The PVP is required to record data including agreed targets and recommendations on a DAFM issued AHM document and record it on the KT Farm Improvement Plan AHM dedicated online system.

Expressions of interest for PVPs who wish to be approved for the Knowledge Transfer Programme can be submitted by clicking here.

Following this process, a list of PVPs approved to deliver the one to one consultation outlined above will be made available (updated annually) to farmer participants in Knowledge Transfer Groups. The enlisting and compensation of a PVP will then be a matter for the farmer participant to arrange.

In order to support the delivery of this priority area, mandatory training on completion of the AHM in the beef, dairy and sheep sectors was provided by DAFM in year 1 and year 2 of the Programme as listed in the tables below. Each PVP who wishes to participate in the delivery of the Knowledge Transfer Programme in the beef, sheep and dairy sectors is required to have attended one session per year of the Programme to fulfill his/her requirements to maintain approval to operate in the KT Programme.

Table 1. – Year 1 Training

7th October 2016 - 9am to 5pm

 

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Backweston, Co. Kildare.

28th  October 2016 - 9am to 5pm

 

Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road, Waterford.

14th November 2016 - 9am to 5pm

 

Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.

15th November 2016 - 9am to 5pm

 

Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

 

Table 2. – Year 2 Training

22/01/2018

 

Athlone

Shamrock Lodge Hotel

13.30 – 17.30

23/01/2018

 

Galway

Peacockes Hotel

13.30 – 17.30

25/01/2018

 

Trim

Castle Arch Hotel

13.30 – 17.30

26/01/2018

 

Naas

Killashee Hotel

13.30 – 17.30

29/01/2018

 

Thurles

Anner Hotel

13.30 – 17.30

30/01/2018

 

Mitchelstown

Firgrove Hotel

13.30 – 17.30

16/02/2018

 

Donegal

Abbey Hotel

13.30 – 17.30

21/03/2018

 

Athlone

Sheraton Hotel

12.30 – 16.30

21/03/2018

 

Athlone

Sheraton Hotel

17.30 – 21.30

 

If you wish to register for future PVP training sessions please contact the CPD section of the Innovation Unit at CPD@agriculture.gov.ie to express your interest.  Please note you will need to provide the following details when attending any DAFM KT arranged training event:

-           Veterinary Number

-          Practice Number

-          Department Partner Number (or P. No. as more commonly known)

-          KT Approved PVP Number (or KTV No. as more commonly known)

Please note

Applicants are required to be private veterinary practitioners registered with the Veterinary Council of Ireland.  Payment for the service provided as part of the Knowledge Transfer Programme is a private contract between the KT Participant and the KT approved PVP and is the responsibility of the farmer.

Further details on the Knowledge Transfer Programme are available here.

If you require further information please contact the Innovation Unit via email at KTPVP@agriculture.gov.ie or by telephone at (076) 106 4457.