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2017 BVDzero Web Congress

This web congress includes:

  • 4 recorded presentations for our veterinarians and 1 recorded presentation for our farmers

Presentation 1: Bovine Viral Diarrhoea: Causes, Consequences and Control

  • Presented by: Dr. Julia Ridpath

The term bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) has come to refer to a collection of diverse clinical presentations that include respiratory, enteric and reproductive diseases accompanied by immunosuppression. This talk will cover the three virus species that cause BVD, bovine viral diarrhoea virus type 1 (BVDV1), BVDV2 and Hobi-like viruses (sometimes referred to as BVDV3). All three species are highly variable and exist as multiple biotypes. The significance of variability and biotype to pathogenesis and control will be discussed. Infection with any of the three species results in immune suppression which may be of particular importance in young stock.

Presentation 2: The impact and control of bovine reproductive pathogens

  • Presented by: Dan Givens, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

The objective of this presentation is to briefly discuss the impact of specific reproductive pathogens and to summarize current scientific information to encourage continued adoption of effective methods of surveillance, appropriate biosecurity procedures, and optimal immunization protocols.

Presentation 3: Herd level diagnostic approaches for BVDV

  • Presented by: George Caldow, BVM&S, MSc, CertCHP, DipECBHM, FRAgS

The tools for the diagnosis of BVDV will be discussed in relation to test performance, relative value to the herd owner, and how these tests can be utilized in herd level surveillance, eradication and monitoring the success of BVDV control programmes that include vaccination.

Presentation 4: BVDV and ZIKV: Models of Global Virology

  • Presented by: Dr. Paul Walz, Professor of Pathobiology and Coordinator of Animal Health Research, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine

With the Zika Virus fast becoming an emerging human pathogen, Dr. Walz’s presentation covers the similarities and differences related to the virology of BVD Virus infection in cattle and Zika Virus infection in humans. Due to these virology similarities, BVD Virus serves as a model for Zika Virus infection as it relates to transmission and pathogenesis.

Exclusive Farmer Session: Dealing with the BVD Virus

  • Presented by: Mr. Paul Hackstein and Dr. Mark Holsteg

BVD can strike at any time. In this unique presentation, we hear directly from Mr. Hackstein, a farmer located in Wachtendonk, Germany, about his experience with BVD. We also hear from his veterinarian, Dr. Holsteg on the BVD outbreak and lessons learned from the experience.