Prevention & Treatment of Neonatal Calf Disease | Centre for Veterinary Education

Prevention & Treatment of Neonatal Calf Disease

It is essential that dairy farmers rear thriving health calves, as recent research has shown that disease in the first few weeks of life has ongoing impacts on the health and production of that calf well into the first few lactations.

This course will use a case-based approach to provide you with the latest information on the critical steps to prevent disease in neonatal dairy calves and guide you through a logical approach to investigating and treating disease outbreaks.

“The best course I've participated in to date. Really good overview of common issues that affect calves” Anonymous.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply best practice colostrum management and how to investigate a program’s effectiveness on farm
  • Perform a thorough and comprehensive clinical exam on a sick calf including ancillary diagnostic tests and prevention and treatment of pneumonia
  • Describe how to determine the appropriate fluid therapy required by a calf and how to administrate fluid therapy on farm
  • Know the major causes of abdominal and neurological disease in calves explain how to diagnose and treat them.

Modules

1.  Getting it right from the start

A comprehensive guide to best practice colostrum management and how to investigate a program’s effectiveness on farm. The unit will also briefly cover the management of the newborn calf.

 

2.  The sick coughing calf 

This module will cover clinical examination of the sick calf and prevention and treatment of pneumonia. It will also cover key elements of good calf housing.

 

3.  Calf scours and fluid therapy

Calf scours is the major cause of disease in calves and correct fluid therapy is a major part of the treatment. This module will cover scour diagnostics, oral and IV fluid therapy and other ancillary treatments in scouring calves.

 

4.  Abdominal bloat and neurological disease 

Using a case study, this unit will work through the differential diagnoses for abdominal and neurological disease in calves. This module will also cover how to post mortem a calf and briefly touch on the importance of adequate nutrition.

TimeOnline

Monday 25 February - Sunday 24 March 2019
Delivered Online
YES
10

Speaker/s

BVSc MVS MANZCVS GradCert (HE)

Alison Gunn graduated from the University of Bristol in 1988 and moved to Australia in 1990. Completed a Masters in Dairy Cattle Medicine in 1997 and joined the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists through examination in Medicine of Dairy Cattle. Alison has worked in clinical dairy practice in most Australian states and was most recently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Ruminant Health at the University of Sydney. Currently she runs her own veterinary and animal health consultancy business in East Gippsland and is part of a consultancy team working for Dairy Australia’s Countdown Project. Special interests in calf health, milk quality, bovine reproductive performance, on-farm biosecurity programs and farmer and veterinary education.

BVSc MANZCVS

Zoe graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 and has worked in dairy practice ever since. She joined the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists through examination in Epidemiology and Medicine of Dairy Cattle. Zoe has a special interest in calf health, milk quality and farmer and veterinary education. Zoe is also a trainer for the Countdown Adviser Shortcourse, farmer Cups on Cups off courses and farmer calf health workshops.


Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Member*$486
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members