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Farm Graduate Programme

The XLVets Graduate Development Programme for Farm Vets brings up to 12 graduates together to work as part of a team over the duration of the course and to complete a project together. Plenty of opportunity is given to share experiences and develop contacts; each graduate can also choose to be supported by a mentor from within XLVets, to help strengthen shared learning across the group.

The 8 day course includes exciting and innovative core modules designed to achieve excellence in practice.

Module 1: Survival Skills

Trainers: Phil Alcock, Dave Gilbert, Ben Strugnell, Driver Skills, Ian Stewart & Duncan Berkshire
Venue: North Yorkshire
Included: Survival Skills, Mastering Medicines, Driver Skills, Practical Pathology, Pigs Post Mortem & Poultry Post Mortem

Module 2: Dairy Days

Trainer: Mark Burnell, Andy Adler
Venue: Dorset
Included: Calving Cows, Down Cows and Surgery
The Farm: Transition Management, The Cow: Lameness Identification and First Aid Treatment

Module 3: Beef and Sheep Skills

Trainer: Lee-Anne Oliver
Venue: Northumberland
Included: Key topics to diagnose, treat and prevent for the Beef & Sheep farmer; infertility and tightening the calving pattern; growth rates and production

Additional modules are available to give more depth to learning.

Extremely valuable, introduced lots of new concepts and gave plenty of time to practice and review.David Black, MD, Farm