Training

We believe that by continuous up-skilling and education we can improve the skills and confidence of our farmers and vets.  This is part of our forward thinking and proactive approach to farm animal health, production and welfare.  The majority of our vets are involved in training at some level so they have all had ‘Train the Trainer’ learning in order to be skilled communicators.

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RVC – we deliver a 2 week CORE module for the Royal Veterinary College that ALL final year students have to pass. This occurs over 48 weeks of the year and allows us to educate the vets of the future.

CLINICAL TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS – we run an Internship for new graduates who have a desire to be involved in the future of farm animal practice and come armed with ideas and enthusiasm to develop their skills within a dedicated farm animal team. For more details on our Internship for Clinical Training Scholars, please visit our Clinical Training Scholarships page .

VET TRAINING – we deliver various vet training seminars through XLVets VetSkills as well as BCVA and AHDB.

STUDENT EMS – In addition to our RVC teaching we take clinical year students on EMS all year round. We accept students from their clinical years for a maximum of two weeks in a single block (two recommended to give you chance to settle in). To find out more visit our Student/EMS page.

SYNERGY’S LEVEL 3 DAIRY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Applications have recently opened for the second intake of students on our level 3 Dairy apprenticeship programme which we run in conjunction with Bicton College.  This new intake of students will start in September 2019.

This practical programme is based at our premises at Lower Coombe, near Crewkerne, and is aimed at students in Somerset, Dorset and east Devon.  Synergy delivers teaching on a variety of dairy related topics, whilst administration and assessment are handled by Bicton College.  About 50% is based on farm and practical (eg calving simulation, foot trimming), the other 50% classroom based teaching.

The programme is aimed at students aged 17 and over, with a minimum of one year of on farm experience, including adults who have not previously had any formal dairy teaching.   With government funding this course is free for those under 19, £300 for more mature individuals!

We encourage all employers or employees to consider the programme.  Feedback from last year’s students has been very positive and we are delighted to be involved in training the next generation of dairy professionals.

All enquires and applications should be made to Peter Reed at Bicton College – please see the flyer for further information.

FARMER TRAINING:

We deliver interesting and informative vet led courses and workshops for Farmers. For the latest dates please click here.

DISCUSSION GROUPS:

  • Large flock discussion group
  • Ham Hill discussion group – for our dairy clients on the Blackdown Hills
  • Spring calving discussion group
  • Smallholder discussion group