Vets in practice are integral to the success of MilkSure. Vets from over 200 practices have delivered MilkSure to their clients. Most dairy practices have at least one vet who is a MilkSure Champion.
Once a farmer registers for MilkSure, the training materials are sent to their nominated vet. Therefore, vets have ample opportunity to prepare for the training beforehand. The training materials include a Workbook which will be worked through with the farmer, and a Vet’s Guide with training tips and additional information. Vets also get access to the website where other training materials (slides, additional worksheets, posters) can be downloaded.
Many vets have chosen to do further training themselves in this area, to improve their own knowledge and ensure they are best equipped to deliver MilkSure for their clients. These are MilkSure Champions and they can be confident of being up to date with current testing regimes, legislation and the wider issues surrounding medicine use on dairy farms.
It is not compulsory to have done additional training in order to deliver MilkSure training to farmers. However the one-day course to become a MilkSure Champion is highly recommended. The feedback from vets has been that they find it very interesting and useful. Both BCVA and AVSPNI, in Northern Ireland, organise regular training days. Contact BCVA or AVSPNI directly to book a place.
MilkSure and annual MilkSure Top Up help vets ensure their farm clients meet their Red Tractor dairy standards when it comes to medicines:
- ✔ Medicines training
- ✔ Individual competency certificates
- ✔ Annual review of bulk tank fails
- ✔ Annual antibiotic review
- ✔ Annual medicine cupboard “health check”
- ✔ Annual risk assessment to ensure best practice
- ✔ Veterinary certification