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AABP Recent Veterinary Graduate Conference Turned “Competence to Confidence”

Giving attendees tools to take their competent skills into a confident career was the goal of the 2023 conference.

Four Veterinary Students Named DHIA Scholarship Recipients

The selection committee evaluated the applicants on a variety of criteria, including their overall interest in working in dairy medicine and management practices that will improve animal health and well-being.

6 Common Teat Surgeries 

This article, developed by Margaret Masterson, DVM, The Ohio State University, covers surgery basics for supernumerary teats, slow milkers, teat obstructions, teat spiders, fistulas and teat lacerations.

The Value of Vitamin A

In addition to playing an important role in reproductive efficiency, vitamin A is essential for vision, bone growth, and maintaining epithelial tissue such as skin and hooves.

Check Out the DCHA $1,000 Scholarship

Applicants must be a college student and DCHA member; or the parent/legal guardian must belong to DCHA. Applications are due Feb. 22, 2023.

Beef Calf Vigor Assessment Shows Importance of Suckle Reflex

Elizabeth Homerosky, DVM, Veterinary Agri-Health Services, set out to find how to quickly identify compromised calves and help predict whether they can acquire optimal passive immunity. She shares what she learned here.

2023 AABP Recent Graduate Conference Registration is Open

The 6th annual conference to be held in Knoxville, Tenn. This year’s theme is “Competence to Confidence”.

Grants Available to Qualifying Bovine Veterinary Students for Externships

A grant to complete a veterinary externship is now available to qualifying bovine veterinary students, according to the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, which serves the North American beef industry.

Manage Your Rural Practice for Success AABP Workshops Get Funding

The workshops are tailored for recent veterinary graduates who are looking to buy/build a practice, those needing support. Applications must be submitted online and are due by 5 p.m. (EST) December 16, 2022.

AABP Conference 'Gathers The Herd' for Networking and Continuing Education

New initiatives include the first ever salary survey currently being conducted by AABP for bovine veterinarians, work with the Veterinary Hope Foundation and the AABP Virtual Support Group for virtual mental health.

7 Things to Know or Do about BRD

Drs. Grant Dewell and Mike Apley, respectively, and Extension nutritionist Paul Beck weigh in on some things they believe contribute to the disease and how you can stem its development from the farm to the feedlot.

Targeted Approach Reduces Bovine Leukemia Virus in the Dairy Herd

Curtail transmission levels by stopping the so-called super shedders, says Ron Erskine, DVM and professor emeritus at Michigan State University, by identifying and culling them. He explains the process here.

Tired Cows Would Rather Rest than Eat

When forced to make a choice, cows will pick resting over eating.

“Not One More Vet” Supports Veterinary Mental Health

Veterinarians and their staffs have a higher suicide rate than the general population. “Not One More Vet” is an organization dedicated to reversing that disturbing statistic.

Register Now for the Academy of Veterinary Consultants Conference

The meeting is slated for August 4-6 at the Renaissance Denver Central Park Hotel. It's a great opportunity to connect with other practitioners and gain practical information you can put to work in your business.  

Academy of Veterinary Consultants Conference Slated for Denver this August

The upcoming AVC meeting is a great opportunity to get some in-person continuing education and connect with old and new friends in the process. Check out the program and start planning your trip to the Mile High City.

‘Gathering the Herd’ at the AABP Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 program scheduled for Sept. 22-24 in Long Beach, Calif. Check out the continuing education opportunities as well as a variety of fun activities available.

From a Mountain of Debt to a Molehill

Dr. Anne Budzinski was weighed down by 17 student loans when she graduated from veterinary school in 2015. Today, she has paid them all off. She says if she can do it, other young practitioners can, too.

AABP Recent Veterinary Graduate Conference Recap: 'Profoundly Impactful'

Demonstrating how recent graduates can have positive impact on theirclients and practices was the goal of the conference.

Where Diagnosis and Parole Boards Meet

It has been said the act of diagnosis is the most difficult undertaking of human beings. Medical errors seem inevitable, but there are small steps we can take to address many of the contributing factors. Here are three.

The Power of New Blood: Challenge Biases to Improve Decision Making and Judgment Calls

We participate in an ever-changing web of clinic interactions that are determined by our past successes, experiences, and interactions. These can contribute to cognitive biases. Here's what to do with them.

Scholarships Available For Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine

Aurora Pharmaceutical Inc., headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, is offering scholarships to five students in the inaugural class at the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo.

How Methionine Supports Reproductive Success

“The more we understand about how specific nutrition components influence health and performance responses, the more we can support cows in their production cycles.”

It’s a Uterine Prolapse. Now What?

Veterinarians with experience dealing with this bovine medical emergency offer insights and recommendations to help other practitioners, especially recent graduates.

National DHIA Offers Veterinary Student Scholarships

National Dairy Herd Information Association is seeking applicants for its $1,500 scholarships that go to third- or fourth-year college of veterinary medicine students.

New Veterinary Toxicology Training Program Created at K-State

The goal of the program is to create impactful and innovative outreach tools. This will better enable livestock veterinarians to recognize and address toxicology problems in food animal species.

2022 AABP Recent Graduate Conference Registration is Open

The theme, “Profoundly Impactful”, was developed to offer newer veterinary graduates content that would help inspire new ideas for ways they can better serve cattle, clients and their communities.

Post-Mortem reveals Toe Tip Necrosis Syndrome

The prevailing hypothesis is that P3 necrosis begins with damage to the hoof’s white line following excessive toe-tip wear after transportation, or handling events on abrasive flooring like concrete or gravel.

Apley provides VFD Clarifications specific to Beef Cattle

Veterinarians have questions and Dr. Mike Apley offered answers, during a recent webinar, for two he commonly receives.

Free ‘Pain in Animals’ Management Workshop Offered

The 2021 "PAW" event is delving into animal pain assessment and analgesic therapeutic development specifically in cattle and dogs. The program has been submitted for 11.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Heart Rate Variability Can Help Assess Stress and Pain

As awareness of animal welfare grows, new methods of detecting and evaluating stress and pain in calves are being evaluated. Researchers are exploring heart rate variability as an accurate, non-invasive assessment tool.

Ready For The AABP Conference? Preregistration ends Sept. 2!

Register now for the 2021 54th AABP Annual Conference, October 7-9, in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can attend in-person or via livestreaming.

California Launches Team to Provide Aid to Livestock and Domestic Animals During Emergencies

The California Veterinary Emergency Team will be overseen by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and will support and train a network of government agencies and organizations to aid animals during emergencies.

Tips And Techniques For Post-Mortems

Bovine veterinarians share some of their best practices, ideas and recommendations for conducting in-field necropsies effectively and efficiently.

“She’s A Poor Doer…”

As dairy caregivers, we see “Poor Doer Syndrome.” These are cows that struggle for unknown reasons until they subsequently develop an infectious disease, a surgically correctable condition or are culled.

Don’t Lose Another Cow to Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome

A highly fatal intestinal disease of adult cows, Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome (HBS), draws concerns from dairy producers, veterinarians and nutritionists, as it is also known as the sudden death disease of dairy cattle.

Merck Animal Health Bestows $270,000 in Veterinary Scholarships

Merck announces 54 veterinary students from around the world received scholarships through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Students pursuing careers will each receive $5,000 scholarships.

Calving: The New Frontier in Pain Management

Researchers are exploring whether cattle would benefit from pain management associated with calving.

Registration Opens for the 2021 AABP Annual Conference, Theme Is 'Science With Practice'

The AABP annual conference is slated for Oct. 7-9 and will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference will offer 22.50 continuing education credits, as well as both in-person and virtual participation.

Summer Pneumonia in Calves a Concern

Summer pneumonia is respiratory disease/pneumonia that occurs in beef calves nursing their dams. The age range of calves affected can be as early as 3 to 4 weeks and from 3 to 5 months of age.

Feedyard Consultants to Host Team Growth & Education Workshops

Production Animal Consultation and Midwest PMS will host a series of workshop training events in Kansas and Nebraska during the month of June for feedyard managers and employees.

Strategic Culling Vital During Drought

Many cattle operations will find themselves without enough feedstuffs to maintain their current herd size. Producers have several strategies to manage herds with limited resources, including creating a culling plan.

Pain Management: Suppress, Substitute, Soothe, Supplement

The desire to treat a food animal’s pain coupled with the various legal and human-health considerations can create a tricky path for veterinarians to navigate.

3 Tips to Ward Off Udder Edema

While udder edema is a common occurrence on dairies, there are several methods to help prevent it from happening.

Certificates of Veterinary Inspection Are Crucial To Successful Interstate Cattle Transports

The certificates are a nexus where veterinary science, public health and the American economy intersect.

Post-Mortem: Grain Overload

In a pen of yearlings there were multiple dead animals found at three days on feed, with others showing clinical signs of disease.

Do’s and Don’ts for Down Cow Care

No one wants to have a down cow, but unfortunately it does occasionally happen.

Bull Breeding Soundness Exams Can Put More Profit In Everyone’s Pocket

Drovers and Bovine Veterinarian invite you to attend a free one-hour webinar on how to use breeding soundness exams to ensure adult and yearling bulls are ready for the breeding season.

Don’t Mismanage Heifer Mastitis

Between 29% to 74% of heifers have mastitis pathogens present before calving, and an estimated 12% to 57% end up contracting the infection at first calving.

The 5 Steps for A.I. Success

There’s no bull about it, artificial insemination has come a long way since its first use in dairy cattle during the late 1930s. While the technology has vastly changed, the basic principles still remain.