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International Veterinary Education Symposium 2024

It is a great honour for the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine to host the International Symposium of the Veterinary Schools Council - VetEd Symposium in July 2024. The aim of the VetEd Symposium is to provide an open and friendly atmosphere in which to share ideas, innovations, research and best practice in veterinary education. The symposium welcomes a wide range of delegates including veterinary educationalists, clinicians, academics, veterinary students, practitioners and researchers from many countries.  

The organising committee are currently hard at work arranging the symposium. Once confirmed, details will be posted to this webpage and circulated through community channels.

We are delighted to host you at  UCD in Dublin in 2024! CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE.

For any queries relating to registration or accommodation, please contact (opens in a new window)vetedreg@keynotepco.ie

Important Dates and Deadlines

April 12th 2024

Deadline for Presenters to Register

April 12th 2024

Close of Early Registration

June 21st 2024

Close of Registration

July 3rd 2024

Pre-Conference Workshops

July 4th & July 5th

VetEd 2024

For any queries relating to registration or accommodation, please contact (opens in a new window)vetedreg@keynotepco.ie

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All registration fees are listed in Euro (€). There is no VAT on conference registrations in Ireland.

Registration Fees

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Full Delegate






Tickets to the conference party in Taylors Three Rock can be purchased separately for €95. 

Conference Registration Includes:

  • Attendance to the conference and exhibition
  • Access to online conference proceedings
  • Refreshment breaks and lunches during the conference
  • Welcome Reception on Wednesday, 3rd July

Visa Requirements

Registration confirmation letters for visa purposes can only be sent to participants who have completed the registration process and paid in full. Delegates have the opportunity to request a letter on the online registration form as part of the registration process. Please note Ireland is not in the Schengen zone. If required, you can apply You can apply for a visa using the online (opens in a new window)AVATS(opens in a new window) process.

University College Dublin (UCD) is a research intensive university in Dublin, Ireland. With over 1,480 faculty and 32,000 students, it is Ireland’s largest university. The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with students drawn from over 120 countries, and includes 5,500 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The university’s main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of more than 130 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD Veterinary Hospital and O’Reilly Hall.

UCD is well served by public transport. Bus stops are located at the rear of the Sports Centre and the main terminus next to the Sutherland Building. Stops are also located just outside campus gates at Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh Road, Fosters Avenue and the N11 (main entrance). Use the (opens in a new window)TFI Journey Planner and (opens in a new window)Real Time Information to get the best possible routes.

There will be campus accommodation available for the duration of the conference. Staying at UCD you will enjoy the fantastic experience of residing in a diverse and stimulating community with the most amazing facilities on your doorstep. From teaching and conference buildings to social and sporting amenities, to woodland walks and running track, UCD provides for all your requirements, without the need to commute!

(opens in a new window)Click here to download a map of the campus. 

Currently UK citizens do not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, but all carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with photograph (usually either a passport or drivers licence with photograph). Visitors are advised to check what form of ID is required with the individual airline, tour operator or travel agent before travelling. Visitors from all other countries, including European Union countries, must present their passport to enter Ireland.

Visitors from many countries also require a visa to enter Ireland. It is essential to check with your travel operator whether your originating country requires a visa. Please discuss this with your travel operator and review the (opens in a new window)Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland website for full information.

Please note that a Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

If you require a visa you may request a letter of booking confirmation from the conference registration desk once payment is completed in full for registration. No letter will be issued prior to full registration being completed. It is advisable that you book and pay for accommodation for the duration of your stay at the same time as your registration as confirmation of your accommodation should also be included with your visa application. 

Note that visa applications can take a minimum of 8+ weeks for Ireland – please ensure that you apply in time to attend the conference.

You can apply for a visa using the online (opens in a new window)AVATS process.
Before beginning the online process you should have the following information to hand:
Passport and details of any previous passports – number, date of issue/expiry
2. Details of any previous Irish visa applications
3. Contact details for your host in Ireland
4. Itinerary

Following submission of your online visa application using AVATS, please note that you will also be required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized colour photograph, the relevant fee and all supporting documents, to the relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office per your application procedures. Further information is available (opens in a new window)here.

Accommodation can be reserved as part of the online registration process. 


Single Room B&B

Double Room B&B

Distance to O’Reilly Hall

UCD Campus Accommodation



9 mins walk/ 850m

Radisson Blu Hotel



25 mins walk/ 1.9km

Maldron Merrion Road Hotel

3rd & 4th July 2024



30 mins walk/ 2km

Maldron Merrion Road Hotel

5th July



30 mins walk/ 2km

UCD Campus Accommodation

Staying in the campus accommodation at UCD you will enjoy the fantastic experience of residing in a diverse and stimulating community with the most amazing facilities on your doorstep. From teaching and conference buildings to social and sporting amenities, UCD provides for all your requirements, without the need to commute!

The rooms are compact and functional and located on the university campus where the conference will take place. They are perfect for those looking for bedrooms at affordable prices. All rooms are single bed, with en-suite bathroom with shower. There are 5 rooms to an apartment, these rooms share a communal living space with a small kitchen area with a fridge and microwave, suitable for preparing light refreshments. Please be advised there is no cutlery or crockery provided in these apartments, so they are not suitable as a self-catering option. The bedrooms are comfortably furnished including a workstation and generous storage. The rooms are fully equipped and are supplied with standard pillow, single duvet, linens, and towels. Apartments are located within easy access to all campus restaurants, coffee shops, bookshop convenience store, libraries, health centre, travel centre, bank, and post office.

Distance to O’Reilly Hall: 850m / 9 minutes’ walk.

Single Room en-suite B&B (shared apartment): €130

Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel

The luxury Radisson Blu St. Helen‘s Hotel is an 17th century Georgian Manor House situated in 4-acres of formal gardens. Relax after a busy day and enjoy a magnificent diversity of surroundings which combine warm welcoming fireplaces, soft armchairs, the romantic ambiance of a lofty minstrels’ gallery & the elegant old-world charm of the library together with so many modern luxurious facilities. Everywhere at St. Helen’s you will be pampered with superior comforts, and you’ll enjoy a friendly professional service which is second to none.

There are 151 air-conditioned bedrooms. With a standard room, you will have everything you need for a comfortable stay and a good night’s sleep. Enjoy the large bed, the in-room coffee and tea making provisions, and the free Wi-Fi. Other services include a magnifying mirror and a hairdryer. All the bedrooms enjoy a 24-hour superior room service which is described as one of the very best in Ireland.

Indulge in award-winning Italian cuisine at Talavera, our on-site Italian restaurant.

There is also a complete fitness suite which is accessible 24 hours a day.

Distance to UCD: 1.9km / 25 minutes’ walk

Single Room B&B: €229
Double Twin Room B&B: €249

Maldron Merrion Road Hotel

The Maldron Hotel Merrion Road is a 4-star hotel that offers easy access to both the city and the coast with panoramic views across Dublin Bay.

One of the city’s newest hotels is seven storeys high and home to 140 spacious rooms a number of which boast sea views. The property is well positioned for those visiting both UCD and Dublin with restaurants and shops just a short bus ride away.

The hotel’s signature Maldron Vitality Breakfast will be provided, and you can get light bites and tasty treats to accompany your barista coffee that are available throughout the day. Relax and unwind with a delicious dinner in Grain & Grill Restaurant and Bar located right inside the hotel. 

Distance to UCD: 3.1km / 30 minutes’ walk.

Rates 3rd & 4th July 2024
Single Room B&B: €189
Double Twin Room B&B: €204

Rates 5th July 2024
Single Room B&B: €255
Double Twin Room B&B: €270

**Detailed programme coming soon**

Dr Michael Doherty

Dr Michael Doherty holds the Chair of Farm Animal Clinical Studies in the School of
Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin. A past president of the European
College of Bovine Health Management, he was also recognised as a Diplomate by the
European College of Small Ruminant Health Management. A former Associate Dean for
Teaching and Learning, Michael served as Dean and Head of School between 2016 and
2023. He has a special interest in folk belief and etymology in the context of animal
health and husbandry and is undertaking an MLitt ethnological research study on the
folklore of sheep health and husbandry with colleagues in the UCD School of Irish, Celtic
Studies and Folklore.


Dr Karen Weekes

Dr Karen Weekes specialises in effective, transferrable coping tools for managing challenges faced in
business, sport and life. Her PhD focused on effective coping strategies and motivations of elite
endurance athletes. Karen combines this solid base of knowledge with her own experiences from
numerous ultra-endurance expeditions, which includes rowing 3,000 miles solo, and unsupported
across the Atlantic Ocean.

Website: (opens in a new window)https://www.karenweekes.com/


Adrian Nelson-Pratt BVSc DipCoaching MRCVS

An accredited performance and business coach, Adrian is a Director of Vets Stay, Go Diversify, an entrepreneur and vet.
Alongside his fellow Directors, Adrian delivers on VSGD core values – supporting veterinary professional in finding their career satisfaction through their #vetpassport.

He brings 27 years of experience as a business executive, leader and people manager and working at senior level, he loves helping to develop leadership, strategy and operational delivery of plans. He's focused helping people fulfil their potential and takes great pleasure in seeing how people become unstuck, discover their vision and ignite their passion.


VetEd2024 are delighted to offer 5 pre-symposium workshops that will take place on Wednesday the 3rd of July, 2024. All workshops will take place in the UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre. Delegates will have the opportunity of attending two 90 minute workshops. A tea and coffee break will be provided in between sessions. 

Delegates who register for the pre-symposium day will be emailed a separate link on Tuesday June the 4th to select their workshops of choice. Please note however that places are limited to the capacity of the workshop room and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 


Registration: 1.30pm – 6.30pm

Session One: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Coffee Break: 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Session Two: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

VetEd2024 Welcome Reception: 6pm -7pm*

* Main conference delegates who are attending the VetEd 2024 Welcome Reception may also visit the registration desk on the 3rd of July. Registration is required for the welcome reception. 


(opens in a new window)Click here to find the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Workshop Details

Workshop 1 Session 1: Best practice in Workplace Based Assessment (WBA)** [Click for details]

Workshop 1 Session 2: Feedback in clinical settings** [Click for details]

**Workshop 1 is a combined offering. Delegates will register and attend both sessions. 


  • Professor Katharine Boursicot, Director of Health Professional Assessment Consultancy. 
  • Professor Sandra Kemp is Deputy Dean, Innovation and Scholarship, Medical Education at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Workshop 2: “Learning to Learn”- How Metacognition Promotes Empowered Veterinary & Nursing Students [Click for details]


  • Associate Professor Emma O’Neill, UCD 
  • Assistant Professor Kate Acton, UCD

Workshop 3: Encouraging Self-care and Wellbeing: A Pilot Educational Module for First-year Veterinary Medicine Students in UCD [Click for details]


  • Dr Niamh Nestor, UCD
  • Assistant Professor Pamela Kelly, UCD 

Workshop 4: Designing and Delivering Open-book Invigilated Examinations: Sharing Experiences [Click for details]


  • Professor Joseph Cassidy, UCD
  • Professor Bryan Markey, UCD
  • Assistant Professor Diane Cashman, UCD 

Workshop 5: Enhancing Veterinary Education through Interprofessional Education (IPE): Initiatives, Challenges, and the Path Forward [Click for details]


  • Assistant Professor Renagh Kelly, UCD
  • Mr Mark McCorry, UCD 
  • Assistant Professor Avril Kelly, UCD
  • Senior Lecturer Gemma Irwin-Porter, University of Bristol, UK [(opens in a new window)link]
  • Professor Sarah Baillie, University of Bristol, UK

VetEd Welcome Reception

Date: Wednesday, 3rd July 2024
Location: O'Reilly Hall, UCD
Time: 18:00 – 19:00
Ticket price: included in the full conference registration fee. Drinks and canapés will be served.

Conference Dinner and Traditional Irish Night - Taylors Three Rock

Date: Thursday, 4th July 2024
Location: Taylors Three Rock
Time: 19:00 - 23:00
Ticket Price per person: €90 
Dress Code: Casual
Includes: return bus transfers from/to UCD, a three-course dinner, drinks, traditional Irish dancers, and musicians.

Please note this event is for over 18's only.

What can be more Irish than an evening spent in a cosy traditional Irish pub! 

Don’t miss the Vet Ed 2024 conference party which will be held at Taylors Three Rock. Nestled at the foot of the Dublin Mountains, Taylors Three Rock is a fantastic venue to catch up with old friends and meet new ones! With its thatched roof and flagstone floors, Taylors is every visitor’s vision of a quintessentially Irish pub. 

Dinner is served using the very best of locally sourced ingredients and this is followed by a night of traditional Irish Music and Dancing. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes as our Ceili callers will be instructing you on the basics of Irish dancing encouraging everyone to join in the fun. 

Guaranteed to deliver a fun night out, full of ‘craic agus ceol’ (fun and music), Taylors offers an unforgettable Irish experience and is sure to deliver an evening to remember.

Platinum Sponsors

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risr/ are world leaders in delivering OSCE, Oral, Knowledge and WBA assessments

At risr/ (formerly Fry-IT), they offer assessment and lifelong learning through one integrated platform, giving their customers the control and clarity they need to drive better learning.

You can find them in Canada, the UK, and Australia, and they are proud to work with distinguished partners including Bristol Veterinary School, the University of Melbourne Veterinary School, Nottingham Veterinary School, and Scotland’s Rural College.

At the heart of the risr/ platform are their robust modules, including:

  • risr/assess, which provides everything you need to manage and deliver exams and assessments
  • risr/advance, your must-have tool to gather evidence of your users’ training & CPD progress


Silver Sponsors

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At MSD AH, they believe fostering the next generation of veterinary experts is critical for our industry. For our business to be sustainable, it is essential that we have access to the best-trained scientific and veterinary minds around the globe. That’s why they provide support for programs that expand educational opportunities in veterinary and animal sciences. They intend to ensure that animals continue to be provided with high-quality medical care, and that the research needs of the industry benefit animal health, well-being and performance.


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Connect with colleagues around the world. Get information you need, when you need it. VIN Europe is the premier online community, continuing education, and information resource for veterinarians. Let us show you why VIN is the BEST online resource for veterinarians.

Find out more at (opens in a new window)www.vin.com


Vetstream provides Vetlexicon, the world’s largest online veterinary resource. Supporting the global veterinary community with instant access to over 28,000 pieces of content from the knowledge and experience of 1,200+ leading veterinarians, through their species services: Canis, Felis, Lapis, Exotis, Equis and Bovis. Designed for all veterinary professionals and students, Vetlexicon is a reliable tool that will support you throughout your career. Whether you need a reference point for a specific diagnosis to help boost your confidence, or a sequence of images to refresh your knowledge of a surgical procedure, you’ll be able to find it on Vetlexicon. 


Welcome Reception Sponsor



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Cirdan is a leading provider of pathology informatics and imaging solutions that support and speed up patient diagnosis.  Headquartered in the UK, with offices in Canada and Australia, Cirdan is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of laboratory information systems (LIS) worldwide. Their products include ULTRA, a LIS that supports and streamlines the operations of a clinical laboratory, and the CoreLite and Solas x-ray systems which expedite breast cancer diagnosis. They also offer Tutor, a digital pathology education platform, and software solutions that support artificial intelligence and machine learning in digital pathology technologies.

Find out more at (opens in a new window)https://www.cirdan.com/


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HPAC is a consortium of experts in health professions education who undertake consultancies in a number of areas, especially assessment and examinations at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Find out more at (opens in a new window)https://www.hpac-uk.org/


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Contact Us

UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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