Duggan Veterinary Supplies premises in Thurles is home to Ireland’s premier CPD educational and advanced practical training facility. Centrally located, our facility has a well-appointed conference room suitable for delivering theory sessions and a state of the art clinical skills lab for practical training. Both spaces are equipped with advanced audio-visual facilities and the CSL allows course participants to view larger pieces of veterinary equipment and instrumentation so you can ‘try before you buy’.

Last year saw us host 90 onsite course dates throughout the year and welcome almost 1000 delegates through our doors. We have covered topics such as soft tissue surgery, emergency surgery, orthopaedics, advanced orthopaedics, and a wide range of nursing courses.

Although clinical topics are always popular among the veterinary profession, we also hosted Leadership, Management and Wellness days throughout 2023 and our aim to maintain this going into 2024. We kicked off our Veterinary graduate programme last October onsite.

We are excited to bring this comprehensive programme to independent Veterinary clinics in Ireland. Our graduate programme incorporates communication, consulting, soft tissue surgery, veterinary dermatology, diagnostic imaging and Veterinary dentistry. It is delivered by Irish Veterinary specialists and takes place in our purpose-built lecture room and clinical skills lab in Thurles Co. Tipperary.

Here at Duggans we are keen to meet the needs of all Vets – Mixed, Small or Large Animal Vets. In January 2024 we held our first equine and large animal onsite courses. We started off the year with Foal Critical Care and Equine Lameness with Sarah O’Dwyer and Warren Schofield.

Both these days combined theory, practical and case study elements along with the years of experience and expertise from our two speakers. Both days were a huge success and everyone left very much impressed.

At the start of February Eoin Ryan from UCD gave an excellent lecture and practical session on calf health in our wet lab. This day was another success and all vets left with a new vote of confidence in their new skills learned. Both courses have paved the way for expanding our large animal aspect further and hope to have similar courses again in the future.

This year we will introduce our Veterinary Nursing graduate programme. This was designed to incorporate all of the tasks and duties that newly graduate nurses will carry out on a daily basis and aims to support them in their professional role throughout their first year.

We will cover communication and beginning your professional life, medical nursing, anaesthesia, surgical nursing, diagnostic imaging and dentistry for veterinary nurses.

It will aim to create a supportive network of experienced veterinary nurses who are available to answer any queries the new graduates may have. We are really looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of Veterinary nurses later this year.