Vets offered “confidence” training for dealing with pig patients

A training event, designed to help vets “gain confidence” in dealing with pig and goat patients, is being staged in Bristol next week.

Arranged by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the event will be addressed by the University of Liverpool’s Senior Lecturer in Animal Husbandry and Reproduction, Karin Mueller, and Synergy Farm Health’s Veterinary Surgeon, Peter Siviter.

“For the pig section, we will cover appropriate handling and restraint, and assessing the clinical patient,” said the BVA in a promotional pitch to encourage vets to attend.

“Diseases and maladies will be discussed as a group through case studies, and surgical procedures such as castration, prolapse replacement and de-tusking will be explained step-by-step.

“We will also discuss the pig herd and health planning, including everyday husbandry for the smallholder, routine preventative measures such as vaccination and parasite control, as well as a few disasters such as orphan piglets.”

Due to be held on March 16 at Engineers’ House, Clifton Down, Bristol, the event will cost BVA members £210, with non-members paying £360.

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