NI vets and nurses to attend World Sheepdog Trials

NI vets and nurses to attend World Sheepdog Trials

The North of Ireland Veterinary Association is hosting an event for members of the veterinary community including practice personnel, veterinary nurses, friends and family to attend the International Sheep Dog Society World trials.

Around 240 competitors from all over the world who have qualified in their own countries will compete with their sheepdog in the first staging of the world trial in Northern Ireland from September 13 to 16.

The event will provide NIVA members and the veterinary community with an opportunity to meet, have some fun, possibly gain an insight into what it takes to be the very best in the sheep dog world.

The day will comprise of grandstand seats to watch the trials throughout the day. There will be a private lunch in a marquee when NIVA guests will have the opportunity to hear from Dr Viola Hebeler on a veterinary surgeon’s approach to sheepdog training.

Dr Hebeler, above, said: “Since my youth, animals have had a decisive influence on my life. – it all started with the horses, but many years ago I came across the dog – my border collies. I am a specialist veterinarian for horses and have additional qualifications in sports medicine for dogs and in the field of veterinary chiropractic for dogs and horses.”

Dr Esther Skelly-Smith, President of NIVA added: “We are very much looking forward to the event and to observe dogs working at the peak of their career.  Sheepdogs are enormously important to the agricultural community across NI. They make an invaluable contribution to the work of farms and are very much part of farming families here.  It is a privilege to have the World Trial here in Northern Ireland.”

To find out more and purchase tickets visit  or Tickets are available until 31st August.