Two courses on bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) for vets are to be held by National Milk Laboratories (NML) with support from diagnostic test specialists IDEXX.

Calf with mucosal disease, an outcome of BVD.

These one-day CPD courses are on June 11 in Leyland, near Preston, and June 12 in Falfield, near Bristol.
NML’s veterinary technical adviser Karen Bond said: “The British cattle industry is focussing very strongly on BVD control with both voluntary and mandatory programmes in effect.
As vets, we have a huge role to play in encouraging producers to embrace the opportunities that BVD control provides.”
The courses will aim to transfer knowledge of testing methods for BVD and international BVD control programmes and how these might help shape control measures in Britain.
DairyCo vet Dr Elizabeth Berry will discuss the BVD-free England project to date and future plans. Current BVD testing, patterns in the disease and progress will be reviewed by NML vets Karen Bond and Neil Howie.
Keynote speaker Dr Christoph Egli, from IDEXX, will discuss testing in the face of maternal antibodies, PCR vs antigen ELISA tests, and the sensitivity and specificity of the available tests. With his wealth of international experience in disease testing, he will be especially well placed to answer technical questions on the tests and how they can best be used in BVD control.
The use of a new CHeCS approved surveillance scheme for BVD introduced by NMR will be reviewed and a workshop will demonstrate making full use of InterHerd for disease monitoring.
The course is open to all vets and costs £60 plus VAT, to include refreshments and lunch. Delegates can register with NML’s Nicola Hares on 01902 858693 or by email to

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