Farm animal veterinary surgeons had the opportunity to brush up on their skills and knowledge on infectious disease in cattle at a course organised by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in October.

Delegates outside Kingston Maurward College.

The one-and-a-half day course was run on behalf of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and formed the last of a series of eight courses comprising the BCVA’s “Advanced Practitioner” Development CPD programme, which runs over two years.

Thirteen delegates enjoyed an interactive and informal course at a centre in Dorset with expert speakers from across the UK. Course organiser Richard Booth from the RVC commented: “We were pleased to have an excellent team of speakers who provided practical updates and insight for practitioners working to control infectious diseases in the field.

“The course covered BVD, IBR, Neospora, Johne’s disease and bovine TB. There was an update on Schmallenberg and bluetongue virus. There were also sessions on the use and interpretation of laboratory tests.”

The course was run at Kingston Maurward College in Dorset and included a farm walk on the college’s farm where the local vet and farm manager discussed how they deal with biosecurity and infectious diseases on a daily basis.

BCVA Advanced Practitioner courses are available to all cattle vets and, with learning outcomes aligned to the CertAVP (cattle), they also aim to support vets working towards postgraduate qualifications.

Courses start again in January 2015 with the RVC Infectious Diseases course scheduled to run in March 2016 in Dorset. For all enquiries about future courses email the BCVA office

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