Farm Theatres




Farm Theatres

  1. BVA Farm - Gallery Suite 15&16
    This presentation will give you the confidence to diagnose, manage and effectively treat common parasites (endo- and ecto- parasites) in camelids.
  2. BVA Farm - Gallery Suite 15&16
    This presentation aims to familiarise the general practitioner with how to approach common pet chicken presentations in everyday mixed practice. The pet chicken is becoming increasingly popular and providing an individual patient approach to these birds is essential. The presentation will allow delegates to return to their practice with the knowledge to effectively examine, diagnose and treat the five most common presentations in pet chickens. There will also be a section about safe and legal dispensing for pet chickens and how to avoid pitfall. 
  3. Farm Associations - Gallery Suite 17
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    The presentation will give an outline of basic husbandry requirement for pigs, referring particularly to pigs kept on small holdings. There will be an overview of current animal welfare legislation relevant to pigs.
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    Responsible antibiotic use is never about withholding necessary treatment but about having healthier animals. The challenge that faces us all is to prevent animals becoming ill in the first place. To do this we need to plan ahead, prevent disease occurring, for example with good hygiene and environmental conditions and protect animals, for example through vaccination or adequate colostrum intake. These principles can be applied to each of the key areas of sheep medicine with the benefit of ensuring more responsible use of antibiotics. This presentation will consider practical on-farm applications including the economics and the psychology of the vet/farmer relationship.
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    The presentation will describe common disease presentations in smaller pig herds. The focus will be on infectious diseases. There will be a section on swine fevers to serve as a reminder of the threat of notifiable disease in any pig herd. Descriptions of clinical presentations, gross lesions and suitable sampling to achieve a diagnosis will be discussed.
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    “Antibiotics Anonymous” Farmers have a wealth of experience and expertise about their farm. Vets have a wealth of expertise on antibiotics and animal health. These specialisms have the potential to sh ...
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    A national mastitis control scheme was launched in the UK in 2009 by a collaboration of the national dairy levy board (AHDB Dairy) and a team of researchers and veterinary surgeons. The launch followed publication of research that showed that implementation of a structured mastitis control plan in 26 herds reduced the proportion of cows affected with mastitis by an average of 20% in 12 months when compared to 26 herds that did not receive the same plan (Green et al., 2007). This research became the AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan (DMCP) and was rolled out to more 1000 herds between 2009 and 2012 during a period of close support from the authors of the research and funding from AHDB Dairy. The initial progress with the scheme and some of the challenges faced have been reported (Green et al., 2012) and a full report of the first three years of the scheme is available online (AHDB Dairy, 2012). Since then, this approach has continued to be used by veterinary surgeons and consultants who have been trained to deliver the DMCP, which has become recognised as a route to mastitis control by the industry, milk buyers and retailers. In addition, bovine mastitis is also one of the most common reasons for the use of antimicrobials in dairy cows (van Werven T 2013), and with the current political drive to reduce antimicrobials in food producing animals the prevention of mastitis on a national scale is now of even greater importance. The UK government has set a target of 50mg/kg Population Corrected Unit (PCU) for antibiotic use in livestock and this raises questions around the current levels of antibiotic used in dairy herds and areas that contribute to this. For example, with mastitis control there is likely to be a large impact with a reduction in the use of both intramammary and parenteral antibiotic use if control of new intramammary infections in the herd is reduced.
  9. Farm Associations - Gallery Suite 17
    Biosecurity - pretty dull topic right? Actually it becomes a bit more interesting when you think our international trade, agricultural productivity, and animal health and welfare relies on it! Not to mention our ability to reduce antimicrobial usage! First we will look at disease on a global level and the risk factors of a notifiable landing on our shores. Then we will focus on a national level at how disease control in a geographical area can be utilised. Finally we will look at on-farm biosecurity aimed at stopping disease entering the herd, and controlling disease circulation within the herd
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    This presentation will review the latest approaches to the treatment and prevention of infectious lameness in sheep with a particular emphasis on responsible antibiotic use.
  11. BVA Farm - Gallery Suite 15&16
    Digital dermatitis is a problem for many of our UK herds and even if it isn’t at the forefront of a lameness problem it is almost always lurking in the background. Control can be a challenge for many farmers, however, an integrated control plan incorporating best practice and responsible use of antimicrobials can bring infections under control quickly and keep them under control in the long term. This session will cover the current evidence base surrounding the treatment and prevention of digital dermatitis and the practical application of a control plan on-farm using results from a two year case-study.
  12. BVA Farm - Gallery Suite 15&16
    This talk is aimed at refreshing knowledge of obstetrical emergencies to include a range of obstetrical problems and aim to discuss a range of approaches to identifying and correcting common problems. 
  13. Farm Associations - Gallery Suite 17
    overview of the different ways to engage farmers into improving ewe nutrition for maximum colostrum production and lamb survival.
  14. Farm Associations - Gallery Suite 17
    Questions from small holders regarding parasites and common diseases are not uncommon. This session will highlight these as well as going through key treatment and preventative option(s) available. This includes some helpful tips on administering treatments to pigs, which always seems easier in theory than in practice. Some key points from this presentation could also apply to small commercials herds.
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    Sheep scab is a major industry concern.  Farmers face new challenges due to changes impacting availability and efficacy of treatments.  The ELISA blood test is a vital tool in control.  
  16. Farm Associations - Gallery Suite 17
    This session will look at how to approach the down cow to ensure that appropriate testing, treatment and prognostic advice are given as well as when to recognise that the cow may be a marker for a greater herd condition
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    We will cover key challenges for goat herd health with an emphasis on the grazing goat, the smallholder goat and a proactive approach to health management. There will be an emphasis on the challenges for parasite management, routine procedures, rational medicines usage, vaccines etc.
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    Parasite control is very important to the sheep industry and the veterinary surgeon is seen as a trusted source of advice. However, with many vets not discussing sheep parasites with their clients regularly, it is easy to become out of touch. In this session I will review parasitic gastro-enteritis, liver fluke, important ectoparasites and the cestodes that may be highlighted in abattoir returns. I will talk about the various diagnostic tests available, what they can and cannot do and the options for monitoring and control of infection. There are a small arsenal of anthelmintics, flukicides and ectoparasiticides available to sheep keepers in the UK. The properties of these as well as the current status of parasite resistance in the UK will be highlighted. The veterinary surgeon is most likely to be consulted when there is a suspicion of inefficacious parasite treatment and the investigation of these cases will also be discussed.
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    This presentation discusses practical assessment of goat welfare. Concepts underpinning animal welfare assessment protocols are explained and specific measures useful in goats are described. This information is useful for:

    • Vets and nurses wanting to more confidently assess welfare of goats in their care
    • Herd Health and Welfare Planning, as a tool to help reach the health and welfare potential of the production system being used.
    • Effectively monitoring the impact on goat health and welfare of any changes in production systems
    • APHA vets or Animal Health Officers assessing compliance with legislation.
    • Farm assurance schemes, both voluntary and compulsory
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    Respiratory disease in cattle can dramatically impact the health and welfare of the individual animals affected, but also significantly influence the productivity and profitability of the farm. The cost of pneumonia for beef calves is thought to be around £82 per affected calf (Vickers and Wright, 2013), and pneumonia is reported as one of the most commonly responsible diseases for calf mortality, which has been reported to be around 14%  (Brickell et al., 2009). The rearing of dairy heifers has been reported to be one of the most expensive components of dairy farming (AHDB, 2015), and consequently the prevention and effective treatment of pneumonia represents an area of enormous potential to improve health, welfare and productivity at the herd level.
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    This session will look at the latest advice from purchasers and accreditation bodies on how to protect, and justify the use of high priority critically important antimicrobials
  22. BVA Farm - Gallery Suite 15&16
    More practitioners are undertaking postmortem examination of farmed livestock species on farm rather than submitting whole carcases for examination at Veterinary Investigation Centres. This presents c ...
  23. Farm Associations - Gallery Suite 17
    This session will look at using a sensible evidence base to make wormer choices which will be effective for your client, and protective of the products we have available
  24. BVA Farm - Gallery Suite 15&16
    The UK goat population is varied in make-up and their numbers are increasing annually, now totalling in excess of 104,000 split primarily between the Dairy, Meat, Fibre and Pet sectors. The mixed farm animal practitioner is increasingly likely to be presented with goat cases, whether these be on commercial goat farms or those kept as "pets". The goat has many idiosyncrasies which stand them apart from fellow ruminants such as cattle and horses, and the aim of this talk is to help the mixed farm practitioner diagnose and treat common diseases of the pet goat, as well as be able to offer relevant disease and husbandry advice to the goat keeper.
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    Following the tremendous success of this session last year, we invite questions from the audience, we can accept questions submitted in advance through twitter @theBCVA or on the day for our panel of ...
  26. BVA Farm - Gallery Suite 15&16
    In this lecture the pros and cons of vaccination at individual and herd level will be discussed, using commonly used vaccines and commonly observed diseases as examples. Practitioners will learn about recent research findings relevant to their daily practice and get tools they can use to improve vaccination uptake on farm which also help in their decision-making regarding the choice of vaccines for a particular client.
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    'The times, they are a-changing’. There are big changes on the world stage that impact us as cattle vets. Issues such as climate change, globalisation and the growing human population are influencing ...

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