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July 2017
Pneumonia in calves
Novel bacteria potentially associated with pneumonia in calves is examined by
Dayle Johnston,1,2 Paul Cormican,1 Gerard Murray,3 David Kenny,1 Sinéad Waters,1 Mark McGee,4 Alan Kelly,2 Matthew McCabe1 and Bernadette Earley1

June 2017
Mycoplasma bovis
Catherine Carty MVB MRCVS, resident in bovine health management, section of Herd Health and Animal Husbandry, University College Dublin’s outlines the prevalence of Mycoplasma bovis in cattle in Ireland

May 2017
Investigating poor reproductive performance in suckler herds – are we missing a trick?
Isabelle Truyers DVM DipECBHM, area veterinary manager, Zoetis, discusses the stepwise investigation of poor reproductive performance in suckler herds, bovine venereal campylobacteriosis as a differential diagnosis, and how to optimise success with synchronisation and artificial insemination 

April 2017
Pain management in cattle
Maura Langan MVB, veterinary adviser, Norbrook Laboratories Ltd, Monaghan, discusses identifying, managing and grading the different types of pain in farm animals

March 2017
Large animal use in science and education
Jane Lenehan, veterinary officer, Health Products Regulatory Authority, discusses the regulation of the use of large animals for scientific, research and educational purposes

February 2017
Calf rearing: the first 60 days
Charles Chavasse BMVS CertDHH MRCVS, area veterinary manager, Zoetis, discusses the importance of the first 60 days in a calf's life and how private veterinary practitioners can help

January 2017
Mastitis control in robotic milking systems
Peter Edmondson, UdderWise Ltd, Shepton Mallet, UK, outlines how robots are becoming more common as a way of milking cows improving the farmer's quality of life and helping with labour issues

December 2016
Transition cow management
Catherine Carty MVB and Professor Finbar Mulligan, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, outline the critical period before and directly after calving for the health of the dairy cow

November 2016
Minimising stress of weaning of beef calves

Improving animal welfare via understanding the physiological stress of weaning of beef calves, is outlined by Dr Bernadette Earley and Dr Mark McGee, Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre (AGRIC), Grange, Co Meath

October 2016
Prevention of neonatal calf diarrhoea on beef suckler farms
W Mark Hilton DVM PAS DABVP (beef cattle practice), Elanco Animal Health, US, outlines the causes and prevention methods used to prevent neonatal calf diarrhoea

September 2016
Milk Quality Academy Review
Catherine Carty MVB and Lucy Metcalfe BVSc DipECEIM GCertVPM MRCVS review the recent inaugural Milk Quality Academy meeting

August 2016
Understanding the environmental impact on animal housing and health
Jamie Robertson, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen discusses diagnosis in animals where their living environment is a risk factor

July 2016
The unpredictable epidemiology of Dictyocaulus viviparus lungworm infection of cattle
Neil Sargison, University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian, UK, discusses the debilitating effects, management and treatment of lungworm

June 2016
The incidence and importance of milk leakage in the dry cow
Ana Isabel de Prado, Corporate Technical Manager, Ceva Santé Animale, France, outlines risks, management and udder health when handling milk leakage in the dry cow

May 2016
The role of the veterinary laboratory in achieving and maintaining improved herd health

Improving animal welfare has an inevitable economic cost, so it is important to confront decisions about the standard of their conditions, writes John McInerney OBE BSc (Agric) Hons MA PhD NDA FRSA FRASE, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Exeter, with acknowledgement to Boehringher Ingelheim

April 2016
In what sense does animal welfare have an economic value?
Improving animal welfare has an inevitable economic cost, so it is important to confront decisions about the standard of their conditions, writes John McInerney OBE BSc (Agric) Hons MA PhD NDA FRSA FRASE, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Exeter, with acknowledgement to Boehringher Ingelheim

March 2016

From traditional farm practitioner to herd health advocate: key principles
Mastitis and infertility are the two most common disease complexes in dairy cattle worldwide. Both are major reasons for culling and have profound negative effects on the profitability of a farm, writes Lucy Metcalfe BVSc DipECEIM GCertVPM MRCVS

February 2016
Mastitis and the link to infertility
Mastitis and infertility are the two most common disease complexes in dairy cattle worldwide. Both are major reasons for culling and have profound negative effects on the profitability of a farm, writes Lucy Metcalfe BVSc DipECEIM GCertVPM MRCVS

January 2016
Low milk fat in grazing dairy cows
Optimising milk solids output per cow during the lactation period is a key driver of farm profitability, writes Catherine Carty MVB, resident in bovine health management and Dr Finbar Mulligan, BAgrSc, MAgrSc, PhD, senior lecturer, Section of Herd Health and Animal Husbandry, University College Dublin

November 2015
Management of Irish equine endoparasites
Equine endoparasites can cause a variety of clinical signs and conditions ranging from a dull coat to colic and even death in severe cases. Implementing an effective endoparasite control strategy for each individual horse is paramount in achieving optimal horse welfare, writes Laura Clifford BSc VN RVN, Bridge House Veterinary, Dundalk

October 2015

Bladder rupture in the adult horse
Early and accurate diagnosis of cystorrhexis, coupled with appropriate and prompt medical and surgical treatment, will allow the majority of adult horses to make a full recovery, write Turlough McNally MVB Diplomate ACVS Diplomate ECVS MRCVS, Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital, The Curragh,
Co Kildare, and Nikki Walsh MVB, Greenmount Equine Hospital, Limerick

September 2015
Application of HACCP principles in dairy herd health and production management
The hazard analysis and critical control point concept has been applied on dairy farms to provide more efficient control through proactive monitoring, write Conor McAloon, resident in bovine health management, Dr Paul Whyte, senior lecturer, and Dr Michael Doherty, professor of large animal clinical studies, Section of Animal Health and Animal Husbandry, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin


August 2015

Antimicrobial resistance in Ireland
Multi-drug antimicrobial resistance is a major global issue in medicine. Current thinking is that the main cause of resistance in human medicine is the use of antibiotics in humans. To ensure veterinary medicine does not face the same crisis in the future, responsible practices must be adopted by vets and farmers, writes Charles Chavasse, area veterinary manager, Zoetis

July 2015

The importance of condition scoring
Body condition score has a major impact on the productivity and profitability of dairy herds. Discussion group facilitator and consultant Mary Kinston BSc Agriculture PhD provides a guide to achieving key targets

June 2015

Sustainability: what does it mean for an Irish dairy vet?
In a follow-up to last month's article on sustainability and the Irish dairy industry, Shane McElroy BVSc MRCVS CertDHH, Glanbia veterinary practitioner, provides an insight into the role of animal health and welfare in sustainability programmes worldwide, and looks at what it means for dairy clients of Irish vet practices to be participants in the Bord Bia SDAS and GII Open Source programmes.

May 2015

Sustainability: what does it mean for the Irish dairy industry?
The structure of the international dairy market has changed over the past decade and with it the environment within which milk suppliers, their advisers and everyone in the dairy industry must operate.

April 2015
Causes, control and costs of lameness in sheep
High levels of sheep lameness remain one of the great challenges facing the sheep industry, despite proven and effective control measures. It is the responsibility of the veterinarian to have a discussion of the causes, control and costs of sheep lameness with all sheep farmer clients

March 2015
Food chain information: let’s make it work
The veterinary profession has a major role to play in the enhancement of food safety and animal health through utilisation of food chain information, herd health planning and modernisation of meat inspection. Frank O’Sullivan, Veterinary Ireland, and Chair of the Food Safety and Quality Working Group at the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, previews a forthcoming paper by the group

February 2015
Grazing management
Coming from a dairy farm in the UK and having lived and worked in New Zealand for two years, discussion group facilitator and consultant Mary Kinston BSc Agriculture PhD outlines the principles of grazing management for optimal dairy cow nutrition and performance

January 2015
Oxalate nephrosis in Zwartble sheep

Jason Barley, Robert Hanna and Shirley McConnell, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Veterinary Sciences Division, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland


December 2014
Salmonella dublin in Irish cattle

Catherine O’Leary MVB MRCVS Cert CSM, MSD Animal Health

November 2014
BVD: some lessons learned but more to do
Ciaran Mellett MVB, Kells, Co Meath

October 2014
Mothers matter: how management of animals during pregnancy affects their progeny
Kenneth Malcolm Desmond Rutherford BSc MSc PhD
Gareth Arnott BSc MSc PhD
John Andrew Rooke  BA PhD
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, Scotland

September 2014
Dystocia in cattle: effects on the calf
Marie J Haskell BSc PhD, Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, UK, and Alice C Barrier MSc PhD, Edinburgh Research and Innovation, Edinburgh, UK

August 2014

An online risk-based biosecurity scoring system for pig farms
Professor Jeroen Dewulf DVM MSc PhD Dipl ECVPH Dipl ECPHM, on behalf of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium
www.biocheck.ugent.be

July 2014
Eradication and control of lameness in sheep
Catherine O’Leary MVB, MRCVS, CertCSM

June 2014
Cardiac failure in young horses: A case report
Grainne Neary MVB and Vivienne Duggan MVB DiplACVIM DiplECEIM
University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine

May 2014
The impact of early calfhood disease
Sharon Magnier focuses on the impact of early calfhood disease on subsequent performance

April 2014
Condylar fractures in horses – a review
Turlough Mc Nally, MVB Diplomate ACVS Diplomate ECVS MRCVS
American, European and Veterinary Council of Ireland specialist in Equine Surgery
Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland

March 2014
The role of genetics in supporting dairy cow fertility
George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow.

February 2014
Heifer rearing within a sustainable dairy industry
Dr Jessica Cookea and Prof D Claire Wathesb Volac House, Orwell, Royston, Hertfordshire.  Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

January 2014
Novel drug approaches in veterinary cancer therapy
Gerry Polton, Clinical Oncologist at North Downs Specialist Referrals, Surrey, UK

November 2013
Sustainable animal health - Veterinary Ireland submission on the Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2014-2020
John Gilmore, Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland

October 2013
Internal marketing and how it can make or break marketing projects

Frank O’Sullivan, MVB, MRCVS

September 2013

Dairy cow nutrition in the transition period
Debbie Doyle MA VetMB MRCVS
Companion Consultancy Ltd
Bury St Edmunds

August 2013
Professional communication skills for vets; an essential tool for all!
Véronique Bellemain, French State Veterinary Officer, Representative of the French State Veterinary Officers to FVE

July 2013
Beef breeding management
Mary Newman, National Veterinary Manager (Livestock) Zoetis

June 2013
Congenital joint laxity and dwarfism (CJLD) in suckler and dairy calves – what can the veterinary practitioner do?
John F. Mee, MVB PhD DipECBHM MRCVS, Teagasc, Moorepark Research Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork and Padraig O'Kiely, BAgrSc MAgrSc PhD, Teagasc, Grange Research Centre, Dunsany, Co. Meath.

May 2013
The impact of calf health on future performance
Steven Morrison, Gillian Scoley and Jason Barley
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast