Course launched to tackle lameness in dairy cows

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a course designed to help vets and farmers better tackle lameness in dairy cows.

Led by Nick Bell, a lecturer in veterinary livestock extension at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), the one-day course – organised by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) – centres on five key skills:

  • Improving lameness diagnosis
  • Identify correct and harmful trimming methods
  • Improving cure rates
  • Understanding the most effective lesion control strategies
  • Motivating farmer clients

Delegates will begin the day with a discussion on trimming methods and the different types of foot lesion, before a practical demonstration of and practice with hoof knives, foot-trimmers and electrical equipment.

See also: How to correctly diagnose and treat the main causes of sheep lameness

It concludes with a review of approaches to herd-level diagnosis and treatment plans, and a look at strategies to motivate farmers on the importance of herd foot health.

John Blackwell, cattle vet and senior vice-president of the BVA, hopes the course will go somewhere towards tackling this “complex and costly” problem.

“As a cattle vet, lameness is a problem I encounter on farms all too often and every vet working with production animals needs to be armed with the skills and knowledge to tackle this problem – and this course, led by expert Dr Bell, is an excellent opportunity to hone those techniques,” says Mr Blackwell.

The course is scheduled to take place on 6 September at Colliton Barton Training Centre in Honiton, Devon.

It costs £280 for BVA members and £420 for non-members. For more information, the BVA’s website.