The University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine will host a dairy health conference on May 20 to 22 in Minneapolis, to bring the latest applied research results to veterinary practitioners. Pre-conference sessions scheduled for May 20 offer veterinarians additional training and education.

Topics covered during the conference will include:

  • Economics of culling
  • Immunology and vaccination of transition/adult cow
  • Cow comfort & housing during the transition period
  • Group housing strategies for transition cows
  • Update on nutritional management of transition cows
  • Monitoring and prevention of ketosis & hypocalcemia
  • Transition cow management and lameness
  • Building trust in an age of radical transparency and unbridled social media
  • Remaining vigilant: The veterinarian's responsibility on residue avoidance
  • The industry is changing: Has your business plan?
  • Updates from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and Department of Agriculture
  • Antimicorobial use and resistance in agriculture prevention of milk residue and records
  • Appropriate drug selection for treatment of AMDUCA, ELCU,etc.
  • Health and disease on organic dairy farms in Minnesota
  • Stockmanship training and worker health

Each day of the two-day conference program will qualify participating veterinarians for eight continuing education (CE) credits.

On May 20, two pre-conference sessions will take place, with limited enrollment and an additional registration fee. Each will qualify participants for 7.5 CE credits. These will include

Advances in Health Management of Preweaned Dairy Calves

  • Coordinator: Dr. Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota
  • Instructors: Dr. Bob James, Virginia Tech University
  • Dr. Amelia Woolums, University of Georgia
  • Dr. Sheila McGuirk, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dr. Ken Nordlund, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association’s HACCP for Proper Drug Use
Instructors: TBA

More information on the conference and online registration are available online from the University of Minnesota.