Representation and Education

Advanced Practitioner Course - Nutrition

Who? Cattle vets at all stages of their career. An excellent ‘next step’ following attendance of the foundation courses.
What? Topics include lameness, beef and bull, infectious diseases, mastitis, youngstock and nutrition. All courses are run over either 1.5 or 2 days.
Where? Various locations around the UK.
Why? An opportunity to obtain both technical information and practical application of this information.

Want help completing your CertAVP?
If you are enrolled on the CertAVP course, you can benefit from attending both foundation and advanced BCVA CPD courses. The structure and content have been approved by the RCVS to help you work towards completion of the B (foundation) and C (advanced) modules.

Course Outline

A two day course which aims to provide the delegates with a solid basis for
investigating clinical nutrition related problems on farm.

PART 1: The Peri-parturient period.
Metabolic diseases:

  • Problems with energy metabolism - Displaced abomasum, RFM, Metritis, Ketosis
  • Problems with macro mineral metabolism.
  • Investigation and management of transition cow health.

PART 2: Rumen Health and associated clinical problems:

  • Defining rumen health problems and the basis of diagnosis.
  • Health and production effects.
  • Practical interventions and options.

PART 3: Trace element and mineral problems:

  • Practical approach to investigating trace element and mineral supply on farm
  • Aetiology of major deficiencies and toxicities on farm.

PART 4: Toxicities on farm:

  • Plant toxins
  • Mycotoxins
  • Diagnosis and treatment

Course Tutors

James Husband
After qualifying in 1999 and subsequently working in practice in the south west of England, James founded the Evidence Group with Richard Vecqueray in 2006, he is a well-respected expert in his field and as well as being a RCVS diploma holder he is also a recognised specialist in Cattle Health and Production with a Special Lectureship at the University of Nottingham. For the past 5 years James has worked with the RCVS as an examiner and is also the Vice Chairman of the European Board of Bovine Experts which gives him the opportunity to visit production systems throughout Europe and understand evolving technical and management practices.

Alastair Hayton
Alastair is a director of Synergy Farm Health and works in practice in the south west. He holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Diploma in Cattle Health and Production and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in this field. His areas of interest include all aspects of cattle medicine and husbandry, in particular nutrition, mastitis and organic production. Outside his practice work he has performed a large amount of consultancy and training throughout the supply chain for RAFT solutions. He has written and presented several papers relating to a variety of subjects within the field of cattle health and production and has co-authored a book “Practical Cattle Farming” published by Crowood Press and is co-editor of Dairy Herd Health published by CAB International.

Will Tulley
After 11 years in farm practice Will moved to New Zealand to take up the position of Senior lecturer in Dairy Cattle Health and Production at Massey University. He returned to the UK in 2014 and joined the Evidence Group where he now leads the farm consultancy service. Will has a broad range of experience ranging from the pastoral extensive systems of New Zealand to the most intensive of UK systems. Will has particular interests in the nutrition of dairy cattle and the integration of feed production and supply with farm systems and farm profitability. He holds the RCVS certificate in Cattle Health and Production and Membership of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Ruminant Nutrition and regularly provides knowledge exchange to farmers,
vets and the wider industry.

Richard Cooper
Richard has worked in farm practice in the southwest of England as well as in New Zealand and as a resident at the University Of Bristol Vet School where he developed his interest in herd health and production medicine, gaining valuable experience in practical and classroom farm animal teaching. After obtaining his RCVS certificate in cattle health and production, he joined the Evidence Group in 2008 and went on to get his RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and production in 2011. Richard is a Lantra accredited trainer and has been involved widely in farmer knowledge transfer programmes. As well as delivering nutritional consultancy on farm Richard leads the R&D activities of EBVC.

Phil Alcock
Phil is a partner at Bishopton Veterinary Group in North Yorkshire. After gaining a Certificate in Cattle Health and Production his interest in dairy herd management, economics and nutrition developed further. He completed a Diploma in Ruminant Nutrition at Harper Adams University College in 2012 as well as an ILM Certificate in Lean management in Dairy operations in 2014. In addition to his day to day work as a farm vet Phil provides a complete nutrition service to a number of the practice’s dairy clients. His interest in training and knowledge exchange has resulted in wide ranging involvement in local and national programs to farmers and vets and he is responsible for training at RAFT solutions.

3rd Oct 2017 - 4th Oct 2017
Bishopton Veterinary Group, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2QR

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