Animal Health Awareness Week 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine held Ireland’s first ever Animal Health Awareness Day (AHAD) on the 28 November 2019. Following on from the success of the AHAD, the Department is organising the second event of this kind, Animal Health Awareness Week (AHAW) 2020, which will take place from the 23 to the 28 November this year. The event will feature webinars, podcast appearances, and a social media campaign, as well as interviews and advertisements on local radio and the distribution of leaflets and posters.

Keep track of this day and upcoming events via the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine website, twitter feed '@agriculture_ie', and our Facebook posts on the Department’s account.


Programme of events for AHAW 2020 (subject to change), available at


“The Frontline at the Farm Gate”

Launch: Monday 23rd November 2020, 18.45 pm, by Minister McConalogue in advance of evening webinar.


Webinar timetable:

Monday 23rd Nov 18.45- 20.30 - “Fighting Pandemics- the Animal Health Frontiers”

Tuesday 24th Nov 18.45-20.30 - “What Lies Beneath- Iceberg Diseases in Sheep”

Wednesday 25th Nov 18.45-20.30 - “Our Greatest Asset - Safeguarding Pig and Poultry Health” 

Thursday 26th Nov 18.45-20.30 - “Problems and Opportunities-Cattle Health from different perspectives”


To attend a webinar, click on this WEBINAR REGISTRATION link.


Teagasc podcasts:

Department speakers will appear as guests on Teagasc podcasts to be released during AHAW, according to the following schedule:

  • Monday 23rd- Dairy Edge- “Animal Health Awareness Week 2020- an overview.” Michael Horan, Veterinary Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Tuesday 24th- Ovicast- “Sheep health- views from a Regional Vet. Lab. post mortem room”. Maresa Sheehan, Senior Veterinary Research Officer, Kilkenny.
  • Wednesday 25th- Beef Edge- “Animal Health in Ireland- what the RVLs deliver”. Mícheál Casey, Head of the Department’s Regional Veterinary Laboratories.
  • Friday 27th- Pig Edge “Post-mortems and preparedness- pig health through the laboratory lens.” Margaret Wilson, Senior Veterinary Research Officer, Backweston.


Radio interviews:

Department vets will be appearing as guests on various radio shows, including local radio farming programmes, during Animal Health Awareness Week.


Lectures in third level courses:

Several third level education institutions have agreed to host lectures on animal health awareness for their students during Animal Health Awareness Week. Most lectures will be delivered remotely. Participating institutions include Teagasc agricultural colleges, Athlone IT, Dundalk IT, IT Carlow, IT Waterford, Letterkenny IT, University College Dublin and St. John’s College, Cork.


Leaflets and posters:

These will be delivered to locations visited by farmers, for display during Animal Health Awareness Week.


Social media campaign:

Watch out for our tweets, Facebook posts and Linked In posts throughout the week. We encourage you to like and share to spread the word about this important initiative.


Other online activities:

Keep an eye out for our online advertisements on platforms such as and online auction sites for marts.

Species: General
9:00 AM on Mon, 9 November