The challenge of outbreak detection in California’s dairy cows

Consider a typical haystack. Now, instead of the traditional challenge of trying to find a needle, which is a distinctly different material and shape from the hay, imagine instead trying to find a single rotten piece of hay. That rotten piece is softer and browner than normal hay—and that’s all that sets it apart. How would you even begin? Now, imagine that the one rotten piece of hay can start to turn nearby pieces of hay rotten as well, and the longer it takes you to find the rotten hay pieces, the more pieces of hay start rotting.


APHIS names Shere chief veterinary officer

Today, I am announcing Dr. Jack Shere as acting USDA Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) and Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services. Acting in these roles, Dr. Shere will lead the program’s many employees in protecting and improving the health, quality, and marketability of U.S. agricultural animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics.


Cow Vet Vlog: Big ol' sheep dog

Just another day in the life of Cody Creelman, a cow vet in Alberta, Canada. This week, Dr. Cody is back to work with a, "great case of congestive heart failure and a big ol' sheep dog."


Brodersen named Nebraska veterinarian of the year

Bruce Brodersen, veterinarian, associate professor and diagnostic pathologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named veterinarian of the year by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.


Dr. Rod Hall receives Veterinarian of the Year Award

“Don’t be afraid to work a little harder than you think you should.” Dr. Rod Hall was living that approach to life long before he started offering it as advice to young veterinarians.


Organizations announce "Ruminant Well-being Award"

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and the World Association for Buiatrics (WAB) have signed a long-term cooperative agreement to foster research related to animal welfare in ruminants. The "Ruminant Well-being Award" will be presented at each WBC (World Buiatrics Congress) for at least the next six years. By doing so, the WAB and Boehringer Ingelheim intend to raise public awareness of the important role veterinarians play in continuous improvement of animal welfare in food-producing ruminants.


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