XLVets represents UK at HIPRA International Mastitis Workshop - July 2012

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    HIPRA invited two UK delegates, both members of XLVets, to attend their recent international mastitis workshop.  Charles Marwood of XLVets Clyde Vet Group, South Lanarkshire and Jonathan Statham of XLVets Bishopton Veterinary Group, North Yorkshire went to the three day mastitis workshop at Cornell University in up-state New York.

    The workshop was run by Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) who are the mastitis education, consultancy and laboratory arm of Cornell Vet School. There were 30 young and dynamic delegates from across Europe and South America; all the European vets work in dairy practice. The small group sizes and world class tutors made for a very interactive and informative workshop. Topics covered included; the behaviour of contagious and environmental mastitis organisms, the immunology of the dry cow and the important role of CNS.

    "Particular highlights of the trip were three farm visits, where we had chance to evaluate the mastitis data, the environment and the milking routine. Each group then wrote a report for each respective farm and gave a presentation to the rest of the group," says Charles.

    "The shy Jonathan Statham quickly overcame his nerves and delivered a polished stand-up, much to the surprise of the European delegates who thought the English didn’t have a sense of humour!" he added.

    Overall the HIPRA CPD was an extremely worthwhile and valuable trip, everyone came home with new ideas but importantly building new bridges and contacts with our European and American colleagues. Thank you to HIPRA for their support with XLVets attendance at this meeting.