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EBLEX would like to invite you to an afternoon of CPD on liver fluke issues in sheep and cattle.  This CPD has been put together by the Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS) and the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) with input from SCOPS, COWS, Moredun Research Institute and the National Sheep Association (NSA) as well as representatives of the Universities of Edinburgh, Liverpool and Nottingham.  The sessions have been developed by a group of leading liver fluke researchers and practising SVS and BCVA vets who met at an expert workshop, supported by Elanco, Novartis and Norbrook.

Liver fluke costs the beef and sheep industry millions of pounds each year due to poor performance and increased mortality on farm as well as liver condemnations in the abattoir.  Farmers are all too aware that liver fluke issues have dramatically increased in recent years. Access to appropriate veterinary advice with correct diagnosis for control on farm is of the upmost importance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the ability to engage with your farmer clients via the proactive delivery of appropriate advice on liver fluke control.

The following dates are available (note some venues are TBC):

25th November 2013, 2:30-8pm        Leahurst House, University of Liverpool

28th November 2013, 2:30-8pm        Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham

2nd December 2013, 2:30-8pm           AHVLA, Penrith

4th December 2013, 2:30-8pm           The Lamb Inn, Crediton

5th December 2013, 2:30-8pm           The Sheep Centre, NSA, Malvern

11th December 2013 2:30-8pm          University of Surrey, Guildford  


Places are limited to 25 per event and will cost £55 plus VAT.

To register for your place call Angie or Vickie at EBLEX on 01904 771214 or email



This course has been developed with contributions from Philip Skuce, Diana Williams, Oli Hodgkinson, James Crilly, Matt Colston, Iain Richards, Heather Stevenson and Andy Forbes.   Representatives from this group and from BCVA will join Fiona Lovatt in the delivery of the sessions.



2.30pm            Registration and Coffee

3.00pm            Introduction - summary of the current fluke situation in the UK and a quick reminder of the basic facts on liver fluke and its life cycle

3.30pm            Delegates to split into small groups to work through practical case study scenarios with challenging fluke control issues to provide answers to    the following questions:

  • How should our health planning on sheep, beef & dairy farms consider the environmental and management aspects of liver fluke control?
  • What diagnostics are available and when is it appropriate to use them?
  • Which treatments should be used when?

5.30pm             Refreshments

6.00pm             Further case studies & interactive sessions in small groups considering:

  • What we should recommend for bought-in stock
  • How to investigate possible drug resistance
  • What to do with dairy cattle considering the limited products available
  • What is the significance of rumen fluke and how can these eggs be differentiated from liver fluke under the microscope. 

8.00pm              Close


Places are limited to 25 per event and will cost £55 plus VAT. 

To register for your place call Angie or Vickie at EBLEX on 01904 771214 or email




Our Aim

“To promote the prevention
of disease and the welfare of
sheep by providing a forum
for discussion, distribution of
research results and provision
of advice on veterinary
matters relating to sheep”

Contact the Society

Sheep Veterinary Society,
SVS Secretariat,
Moredun Research Institute,
Pentlands Science Park,
Bush Loan, Penicuik,
Midlothian, EH26 0PZ

Tel: +44 131 445 5111
Fax: +44 131 445 6235

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