The BCVA and the National Action Group on Johne’s have unveiled an online training programme for vets to help control Johne’s disease (paratuberculosis) on farms.

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Online training modules will provide an easy way to assess knowledge.

Designed by leading Johne’s vet Karen Bond, the training modules provide an easy-to-access way to check and assess knowledge. Vets completing the course will become BCVA-accredited Johne’s veterinary advisors.

Milk purchasers covering more than 80% of milk are signed up to ensure their farmers adopt control strategies in the National Johne’s Management Plan by 30 September, so up-to-date training for vets is an essential part of managing Johne’s disease on-farm.


Owen Atkinson, education lead for the BCVA, said: “We hope vets across the country will take up the opportunity to become an accredited Johne’s veterinary advisor.

“Johne’s disease is complicated and it’s essential members of our profession have up-to-date knowledge to enable them to make the right recommendations for their dairy clients to manage control on-farm.”


Once training has been passed, vets will be added to a register and their new skills will be made public through an interactive map on the National Action Group on Johne’s website,

Lyndon Edwards, National Action Group on Johne’s chairman, said: “We know farmers and milk purchasers across the country are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of tacking Johne’s disease as a way of helping manage many other problems on-farm.

“Being able to signpost farmers to accredited vets with the right knowledge will become an important part of our toolbox to tackle this costly problem on-farm.”

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