It Happened

17th ECBHM webseminar: "Paratuberculosis: news, views and dogma's revisited". Ad Koets

The last web seminar was held by Ad Koets on June 6th. Ad Koets is associate professor at the Utrecht University. He gave an important and detailed update on paratuberculosis.

The PDF file and the video of the presentation are available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

 

16th ECBHM webseminar: "Bovine respiratory disease: diagnosis and treatment". Brad White

 Around 50 participants attended the seminar on BRD that Brad White, Kansas State University, gave on Monday, May 23rd 2016.

The presentation was very interesting and among other Brad presented interesting comparisons in respect to sensitivity and specifity between traditional clinical examination and remote early disease identification system.
Dr White is really one of the most active researchers in the field of BRD and beef cattle and he showed a lot of results deriving by his scientific activity.

After the presentation prof. White answered the questions of the residents.

The PDF file and the video of the presentation are available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

 

15th ECBHM webseminar: "residebts' FAQ". Given by the chairs of the standing committees of the ECBHM

 The seminar, chaired by the Vicepresident of the ECBHM Raphael Guatteo, has been mainly addressed in order to clarify some aspects of the life of the residents, such as:
• the submission of case reports (format, marking system)
• the credentials assessment process for admission to the examination
• the certifying examination (type of questions, organization, ...).

Speakers of the seminar were:
Lies Beekhuis, incoming chair of the Credentials Committee, that explained the assessment of the case reports and the process of credentials review;
Raphaël Guatteo, past-chair of the Examination Committee, that explained the different parts of the exam (goal, format);
Joachim Kleen, chair of the Education and Residency Committee, that pointed out important points concerning the yearly case logs.

The PDF file and the video of the presentation are available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

 

14th ECBHM webseminar: "Where are the european dairy markets going? ". Gerard Calbrix

The invited speaker of the last web seminar that has been held on October 20th was Gerard Calbrix, head of the economic department of the French association for the transformation of dairy products. His talk focused on the dynanmics of the milk production in the world with particular attention to the consequences of the recent elimination of the milk quota system and to the effect of the climate change on the economic system around the milk.
Mr Calbrix is involved on issues of the dairy markets, on the relation between authorities and the industry and in particular on the consequences of the quota system exit. He worked at the European level, analysing the different situations of countries, and took part of the negotiations between the countries, the industry and the European commission.
Thanks to his deep competence in the economy of the dairy market the conference was very interesting and challenging. Different scenarions related to the milk production were presented, especially related to the european situation.

Among the different important informations presented by Calbrix, of particular interest was the fact that after the end of the milk quota system the production of the milk in Germany and France did not increase, whereas in UK, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands substantially increased. Ireland seems to be the country that has had the greatest benefit from the end of the milk quota. (> 10% in respect to the last year)
Prodution in Italy is strongly influenced by seasonal climatic conditions and in summer it is usually strongly reduced. the high temperature.
 Everywhere (especially EU, USA and New Zealand) the milk preis after a peak in 2014 decreased in 2015. In respect to Europe, the lowest farmgate milk price is in Lithuania. On the other side, in Italy the milk price is quite high due to the fact that is abundanlty used for the production of high valuable cheeses (e.g. Parmigiano Reggiano).
In 2015 two facts influenced the global dairy market: the reduction of the dairy import from China and from Russia, the latter fact due to the ban. However, despite a reduction of demand for these 2 key destinations, the EU continues to increase its exports in volumes.

In the very reach discussion the most challenging questions of the residents were "Then, why leaving the quota system???"; "Do we have an idea of the expected % of farm that will stop the dairy activity???"; "Can Russia sustain itself for dairy products long term without importing. Do they have a big enough dairy industry?"; "Just for fun...would you consider dairy farming in the EU as a good career option for a young farmer today?" Good questions, but seems to be still open for discussion. In any case Calbrix said that dairy farmers have a future!

More than 34 participants attended the webinar.

The organizers of the webinars, Didier and Edouard, will welcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

The PDF file and the video of the presentation are available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

 

Web Seminar for residents: "Timely diagnosis of dairy calf respiratory disease using a standardized scoring system"

 Sheila McGuirk does not need any presentation! She is one of the most famous scientist in the field of calf diseases and her webconference has completely come up to ECBHM diplomates' and residents' expectation. On November 18th, more than 45 participants attended Sheila McGuirk's webconference presenting a very useful scoring system for detecting respiratory diseases in dairy calves.
Sheila started from the fact that the 22.5% of BRD prevalence blamed by farmers should be considered lower than the real situation. Sheila and her team at the University of Wisconsin have developed a very useful scoring system to routinely screen calves for respiratory disease. As illustrated during the webinar, her scoring system attributes severity scores to each of four clinical parameters: rectal temperature, cough, nasal discharge, ocular discharge or ear position.

All over the world Sheila's conferences are well known for clearness and effectiviness, and also this time Sheila has not disappointed ECBHM's expectations. We thank her very much for her kindness.

The organizers of the webinars, Didier and Edouard, will welcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

The PDF file of the presentation is available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

 

Certifying examination 2015 (Munich, 20-22/07/2015)

From July 20th to July 22nd 2015 the ECBHM Certifying Examination was held at the Clinic for Ruminants of the University of Munich in Oberschleissheim, Germany.
Fifteen candidates sat the exam, which consisted of single best answer questions, long questions, clinical case scenarios, problem solving questions, a presentiation about a piece of own research and an open discussion on a „hot topic“ in veterinary science. Knowledge, clinical case management skills, reasoning, problem solving and reflecitveness of the candidates was assessed.

The examination committee was coordinated by Michèle Bodmer (CH) and was formed by the past chair Raphaël Guatteo (F), Peter Down (UK), Iris Kolkman (NL), Susana Astiz (E) and Jean-Philippe Roy (Canada).

The President of the ECBHM, Ingrid Lorenz was also present during the exam and supported the comitee during the oral examinations as an additional examinator.
For Jutta Heisler the organisation of the Certifying Exam was the last task to be fulfilled by the ECBHM administrative secretary before retirement. As in all the years before she took care of the booking of rooms to hold the exam and to provide working space for the commitee members and last but not least prevented the EC members from starving and caffeine deficiency. Thank you Jutta!
All together the exam lasted three days but the examination committee had to remain one more day to complete the marking.

This year, nine out of fifteen candidates have passed the Certifying Examination: Beat Berchtold (CH), Elisabeth Hehenberger (CH), Alexandra Hund (A), Alistair Macrae (UK), Oliver Maxwell (UK), John Remnant (UK), Julia Ruf-Ritz (CH), Lorenzo Viora (UK), Sara Wood (UK).
Congratulations and Welcome to the College!

 

Bart Pardon: winner for the best oral presentation at the congress of Maribor

My impression of the XV Middle European Buiatric Congress? That there were good subjects, excellent keynotes and nice contributions of the youngsters among us, will not be a surprise to you. What I would like to underscore is that two practitioners organized all that. Therefore all credit and the greatest respect for dr. Borut Zemljič and Oẑbalt Podpečan for their hospitality and very swift organization.
 When I asked Oẑbalt how he managed with his small team, he answered it’s all about control. “Simply said, when you're few people, everybody knows everything”.
It’s great to experience how diplomates active in practice participate actively in the life of the college. Something to keep on stimulating in the future.
I was glad to see Borut being replaced in the board by Oẑbalt. Our new president, Dr. Ingrid Lorenz, can already start practicing on pronouncing his last name.
A second point of importance is that the 10th symposium of the ECBHM was held in Eastern Europe. As discussed in the annual general meeting, the college lacks representation in Eastern Europe. Therefore this conference in Maribor and the participation of Borut and Oẑbalt in the board was a clear signal that the ECBHM want to improve this situation.
So I’m looking forward to Eastern European residents to exchange thoughts and practical experience. Indeed, that is in my opinion for the residents one of the most valuable things of the conferences and workshops: knowing the ways and thoughts in other countries.
Speaking about residents, I have to stipulate that they delivered 16 oral presentations and … posters. It was great to see our colleagues present their work, and especially to enjoy the quality of their presentations. No, that’s not only my opinion. I’m actually citing Prof. Gentile, who was (again) very enthusiastic on the performance of the residents.
Ok, I was awarded a price for my work in the end (to my big surprise), and this was the reason why prof. Gentile requested me to write a little impression.
However, what touched me more was the sincere gladness by which my fellow residents congratulated me. It is such a delight to feel the good atmosphere between the residents, an excellent fertile soil for the future of Buiatrics in Europe.
Therefore, to my colleagues confronting the big ECBHM examination beast this summer: “Go get them tigers!

 

Residents awards 2015

Bart Pardon, resident at the veterinary school of Gent, was awarded for the best oral communication presented by ECBHM residents at the Middle European Buiatric Congress in Maribor.
The title of his presentation was: "Prediction of respiratory disease in veal calves basedd on arrival measurements: use of total immunoglobulin and the serostatus for respiratory pathogens".
The award committee decided that the best poster of the ECBHM residents was "Aoolication of rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) for the assessment of haemostatic process in dairy cattle with left displacement of abomasus", presented by Claudio Bellino, resident at the faculty of Torino.

The members of the committee appreciated the high scientific value of all the posters and communications presented by ECBHM residents during the congress.

The winners received the award during the gala dinner

Gratulations!!!! 

 

ECBHM residents workshop 2015 - Residents' report (Sophie Mahendran and Angela Damaso)

This year saw Nottingham University play host to the expanding group of keen, eager and some even say eminent ECBHM residents. And it hardly could have been any better!
We had in-depth and comprehensive coverage of the main 3 herd health issues - lameness, fertility and mastitis - provided by an illustrious panel of speakers, who delivered in a brilliant way. One topic was covered each day, with seminars providing a background into both recent developments in each of the areas and information on data interpretation, and cutting edge discussion amongst speakers and residents on the impact of the residents work. We then broke off into smaller groups to have a go at some data analysis ourselves, kindly aided by the Nottingham residents helping with the computer program (including the use of the smallest ever computer screen – John Remnant!) and giving us some useful pointers when we needed them.
Two farm visits were also organised, displaying very different aspects of some of the dairying systems in use in the UK. Discussion of the systems as we where shown around highlighted some keys areas we should try to assess on our own farms, with the trips made even more enjoyable by the great weather.
As always, the workshop provided a great chance for the residents to catch up with old friends, and the chance to make some more with the addition of some first year residents. Of course, our fellow colleagues that could attend this year’s workshop were utterly missed! Traditional British pub food was provided on the first night, followed by a stylish meal at a restaurant in Nottingham city itself on the second evening, with kind sponsorship from Boehringer Ingelheim.
A concise but useful summary of the upcoming events was given by our ECBHM Board President Mireille Meylan, where the interest of carrying on with the residents’ workshop was approached and a very positive response from everybody in the room was the highlight.
Overall the workshop had excellent organisation despite some last minute rearrangements due to staff illness, and a massive thanks and congratulations to all the staff at Nottingham who enabled this event to take place and to our College for supporting it.

Written by Sophie Mahendran and Angela Damaso

ECBHM residents workshop (Nottingham, April 12-15, 2015)

The ECBHM Residents Workshop 2015 took place April 12-15 in Nottingham, UK, with a record attendance of 41 residents.

 The team at Nottingham with Jon Huxley, Chris Hudson, Martin Green and Wendela Wapenaar had organized an ambitious program about fertility, lameness and mastitis, with an introduction to each topic by an expert followed by group discussions around practical cases, as well as two farm visits and a session with residents presentations.

 Everyone had a great time enjoying the interesting scientific program as well as the excellent hospitality in Nottingham (thanks also to the residents and interns who welcomed and drove everyone around), and even the weather was friendly!

A detailed report of the workshop by the residents will be available soon.

In the meantime, enjoy some photos of the wonderful days!

 

Web Seminar for residents: "Antibiotic resistance in bovine production"

 The first webinar of 2015 was held on wednesday, 25th of February and was focused on a very important and emerging problem, and precisely the risk of antibiotic resistance due to antibiotic use in bovine production.
The speaker was prof. Alain Bousquet-Mélou, from the faculty of veterinary medicine of Toulouse.
Prof. Bousquet-Mélou is a specialist of the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic approach. He particularly worked on dosing regimen, and on the effects of the dose and time of treatment on efficacy and on development of antibioresistance.
The interest of the webinar was confirmed by the high number of participants (more than 55) and by the long discussion.

 After having introduced some basic principle of antimicrobial resistance, Prof. Bousquet-Mélou emphasized the importance that prudent antimicrobial therapy should ensure the control of infectious diseases in food-producing animlas, while minimizing the animal reservoirs of resistance genes.
He also underlined the fact that future antimicrobial therapy should take care of the ecological impacts.
In the second part of the presentation prof. Bousquet-Mélou talked about the role of the prophylactical and metaphylactical use of antibiotics.
Altogether, at the end of the presentation his take home mesage might be summarized as following: "Hit hard and fast, and stop early".

The ECBHM residents and diplomats thank prof. Bousquet-Mélou for his kindness and his availability

The PDF file of the presentation as well as the recording of the webinar will be available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".
The organizers of these important ECBHM's events, Didier and Edouard wellcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

 

Web Seminar for residents: "important information on yearly case logs and on the certifying examination"

On December 10th, ECBHM has organized a webinar illustrating important information on admission to the certifying ECBHM examination and on the yearly case logs.
The presentation (PDF and Record) is available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

 

Web Seminar for residents: "Timely diagnosis of dairy calf respiratory disease using a standardized scoring system"

 Sheila McGuirk does not need any presentation! She is one of the most famous scientist in the field of calf diseases and her webconference has completely come up to ECBHM diplomates' and residents' expectation. On November 18th, more than 45 participants attended Sheila McGuirk's webconference presenting a very useful scoring system for detecting respiratory diseases in dairy calves.
Sheila started from the fact that the 22.5% of BRD prevalence blamed by farmers should be considered lower than the real situation. Sheila and her team at the University of Wisconsin have developed a very useful scoring system to routinely screen calves for respiratory disease. As illustrated during the webinar, her scoring system attributes severity scores to each of four clinical parameters: rectal temperature, cough, nasal discharge, ocular discharge or ear position.

All over the world Sheila's conferences are well known for clearness and effectiviness, and also this time Sheila has not disappointed ECBHM's expectations. We thank her very much for her kindness.

The organizers of the webinars, Didier and Edouard, will welcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

The PDF file of the presentation is available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

 

Certifying examination 2014 (Munich, 21-24/07/2014)

Thirteen candidates have met last July in Oberschleissheim, at the Clinic for Ruminants of the University of Munich, to sit the Certifying Examination 2014 in order to be awarded the ECBHM diploma. In accordance with the Training Brochure, the exam consisted of single best answer questions, long questions, clinical case scenarios, a presentation of the candidate's research project and a final discussion on important veterinary issues.
 The examination committee was coordinated by Raphael Guatteo (F), and was formed by Michelle Bodmer (CH), Timothy Geraghty (UK), Iris Kolkman (NL), Richard Murray (UK) and Jean-Philippe Roy (Canada).  The President of the ECBHM, Mireille Meylan, and the vice-president, Ingrid Lorenz, were also present during the reviewing of the results. Jutta Heisler, ECBHM administrative secretary, assisted and technically supported all the needs of the committee. As usual, she was perfect! All together the exam lasted three days but the examination committee had to remain one more day to complete the review of all the candidates' answers.
This year, five out of thirteen candidates have passed the Certifying Examination: Guillaume Belbis (F), Kristina Muller (GE), Andreas Raemy (CH), Franziska Ruegsegger (CH) and Matthias Wieland (GE).

The ECBHM congratulates these candidates for their success and is looking forward to working with them in the frame of the various activities of the College.
This year was also the last year of duty of 2 members of the Examination Committee: Richard Murray from Liverpool and Timothy Geraghty from Glasgow. The Examination Committee would like to thank them a million for their huge commitment in the life of the Committee and their happiness in any circumstance!!. We will miss you guys !!

 

Residents awards 2014

 Alexandra Hund, resident at the veterinary school of Vienna, was awarded for the best oral communication presented by ECBHM residents at the congress of the ANEMBE in Oviedo.
The title of her presentation was: "Incidence of abomasal ulcers in slaughtered cattle in Austria".
The award committee decided that the best poster of the ECBHM residents was "Comparison of the negative energy balance between cattle managed under the conventional and organic farming system in the NW of Spain", presented by Angel Abuelo, resident at the faculty of Lugo.

The members of the committee appreciated the high scientific value of all the posters and communications presented by ECBHM residents during the congress.

Moreover, Sabine Mann, ECBHM diplomate, currently at the Cornell University, was awarded by the ANEMBE as the best presentation of the congress.

Gratulations!!!! 

Pictures posted upon permission of the ANEMBE

 

ECBHM residents workshop (Bologna, April 27-30, 2014)

37 residents have attended the 7th "residents workshop" of the ECBHM organized at the veterinary school of Bologna.

This years the topic was "Parasitology" and ECBHM is really thankful to the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) for the support that some of its diplomates (Laura Kramer, Gereon Shares, Laura Rinaldi, Giovanni Poglayen) gave by presenting very interesting and competent lectures.
Besides EVPC diplomates also some of our ECBHM diplomates (Gabi Knubben-Schweizer adn Menno Holzhauer) presented their experiences in the field of parasitic diseases, whereas David Homer, Head of Global Ruminant Technical Services of Merial, updated the residents on a very important problem, that is the anthelmintic drug resistance.
A particular thank is due to Prof. Laura Kramer that has supported the organization of the workshop since the beginning.

On Tuesday, 29rd, a one-day-long rural tour has tested the resistance of ECBHM residents.
In fact the residents have spent the wohle day in a small village up and down the hill around Bologna.
The scientific part of the day was hosted in Sassoleone. Here the residents-session has been held, and some residents presented their daily activity and their research projects, that were widely discussed and commented.

In the afternoon residents visited two farms, finally meeting the best cattle all over the world (Arcangelo says!), and precisely the "Romagnola" cattle. Dr. Valerio Calderoni, local bovine practitioners, explained and showed the residents the most important aspects of his veterinary activity including his small Fiat Panda.

The long day finished at the Agriturismo "Cà del Becco", where residents had the opportunity of tasting local food specialities. The dinner (as well as the lunch in Sassoleone) was sponsored by Merial. A particular thanks to Stefano Vanti and Guido Potenza for their organzatory support and friendship.

The last day was mainly devoted to practical sessions.

 The presence of the ECBHM President (Mireille Meylan) and Vice President (Ingrid Lorenz) during the entire period of the workshop allowed also some discussions on the problems of the college.
Moreover, their presence demonstrated the importance that the ECBHM attach to the residents workshop. The workshop is one of the most important investment of the college.

Following the mail that the President Mireille Meylan has sent the day after the workshop to Arcangelo Gentile, coordinator of the organizing committe of the workshop.
"Dear Arcangelo, dear speakers and participants of the ECBHM Residents Workshop 2014 in Bologna
I hope that everyone had a safe trip home after the workshop in Bologna. I would like to thank everyone who made this workshop possible and successful, first of all the main organizer, our past-president Arcangelo Gentile.
The workshop, practical “details” as accommodation, transfers from and to the airport or train station, sustentation of the participants included, was very well organized and, thanks to Arcangelo’s enthusiasm and friendliness, we all kept our good spirits despite the unexpectedly rainy weather (for those of us travelling from the North to Italy).
I also want to thank all speakers who provided new insights on parasitology and certainly invited all of us to consider parasite control in cattle from a new point of view.
I especially thank our colleagues from the European Veterinary Parasitology College, Laura Kramer, Laura Rinaldi, Gereon Schares and Giovanni Poglayen. There have been really interesting discussions in Bologna and I hope that interactions between both Colleges will be intensified in the future.
Of course, our thanks also go to the sponsor of the workshop, Merial, for financial support but also for the conference by David Homer. And we are certainly proud that two of our “own” Diplomates, Gabi Knubben and Menno Holzhauer, contributed to the program as specialists in the area of two important parasitic diseases, fasciolosis and dictyocaulosis.
Last but not least, the Residents’ session was very successful. I think that we were all impressed by the high quality of the reports and of the discussions that followed. It is really encouraging to see that the main purpose of the College, i.e. to support young colleagues on their way to their qualification as specialists in bovine health management, seems to be on a good way to achievement, which was also reflected by the (highest ever) number of participants.
The trip to Sassaleone and the farm visits were further highlights of the workshop, we will certainly keep a vivid memory of the dinner in the agriculturo.
Thanks again to all of you who made this happen and best regards, see you soon in Oviedo
Mireille

Mireille Meylan
President of the European Collegeof Bovine Health Management

Web Seminar for residents: "Admission to the certifying ECBHM examination"

 On 19th of March Raphael Guatteo and Gerrit Hooijer, respectively chairmen of the Examination committee and Credentials committee, detailed the procedures for getting the credentials to sit the ECBHM exam and showed the characteristics of the examination procedures.
The majority of ECBHM resisìdents attended the webinar. The "obvious" interest in the topic was demonstrated by the long discussion, that prolonged the seminar to almost 8 o'clock.
Some issues could not be directly answered by the speakers because responsability of the board, that for sure will give clarification soon.

The PDF file of the presentation as well as the recording of the webinar are already available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

The organizers of the webinars, Didier and Edouard, will welcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

 

Web Seminar for residents: "Schmallenberg virus infection"

 On 9th of October 2013 Dr. Kerstin Wernike, of the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Insel Riems, presented the most recent knowledge on a new viral infection that received its name from the town where it was firstly reported.
Due to the tremendous concern on this infection the number of participants was very high. Up to 40 participants attended the webinar and if we consider the fact that some residents meet together, we can say that in the reality the numbers of attendants was even higher.

 Dr. Wernike's web-presentation was very interesting, as confirmed by the rich discussion at the end.
For sure more case will be submitted to research institutes all over Europe after this webinar.

The PDF file of the presentation as well as the recording of the webinar are already available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

The college would like to thank Dr.Wenike for her kind availability to support the training of ECBHM residents.

The organizers of the webinars - one of the most important events of the ECBHM - Didier and Edouard will welcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

 

Certifying examination 2013 (Munich, 22-24/07/2013)

Eight candidates have met in Oberschleissheim, at the Clinic for Ruminants of the University of Munich, to sit the certifying examination 2013 in order to be awarded the ECBHM diploma.
According to the Training Brochure the exam consisted of single best answer questions, long questions, clinical case scenarios, a presentation of the candidate's research project and a final discussion on important veterinary issues.
 The examination committee was coordinated by Raphael Guatteo (F), and was formed by Allen Russel (USA), Michelle Bodmer (CH), Iris Kolkman (NL), Richard Murray (UK) and Timothy Geraghty (UK). The President of the ECBHM, Arcangelo Gentile, was also present during the reviewing of the results. Jutta Heisler, ECBHM administrative secretary, assisted and technically supported all the needs of the committee.

All together the exam lasted three days but the examination committee had to remain till thursday to complete the review of all the candidates' answers.
We are looking forward to know the result, hoping that as many candidates as possible have passed this very difficult exam.

The pictures show the Examination Committe visiting the facilities of the clinic.

 

 

 This is the sixth time that the bavarian clinic kindly hosts the examination procedures and the college is very thankful for this hospitalilty.

At the end of the four-day work Timothy Geraghty commented on his experience as examiner: "The bredth and difficulty of this exam is incredible. Within the committee there was nobody that could comment and contribute on the technical detail of all areas of this exam, each person could only assist in their specific areas. The candidates need to perform at an exceptionally high level in a broad range of subject areas under significant stress. The standard of the candidates was very high."

   

Web Seminar for residents: "Acid base equilibrium and calf rehydration"

  Finally the second webinar of 2013!
On 31st of May 2013 Ingrid Lorenz, lecturer in bovine medicine at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine in Dublin, gave a very interesting presentation on the metabolic repercussions of the neonatal diarrhea of calves, and on the most updated research on how to manage acid base imbalances and dehyration in diarrheic patients.

Ingrid is known as an outstanding expert in neonatal diarrhea. Her competences date back to her period at the Clinic for Ruminants in Munich, where she graduated in 1992 and prepared the doctoral thesis in the area of calf diseases.
Her studies on the clinical relevance of D-lactate in the development of acidosis in neonatal diarrheic calves are worth of being emphasized.
The picture here on the left depicts Ingrid during a phase of her investigation on D-Lactate metabolism (it was October 2005).

 Since 2007 she has been working at the Veterinary School of Dublin, where she has joined the UCD Herd Health group.

Up to 42 participants have attended the webinar, and this constitutes the current record of paticipation to ECBHM webinars. The long discussion that followed the presentation was the proof of the interest and quality of Ingrid's weminar.
Ingrid has been intensively supporting the activities of the ECBHM for many years: she was chairman of the Examination Committee and she is currrently member of the board of the college.

The PDF file of the presentation as well as the recording of the webinar are available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".
The organizers of these important ECBHM's events, Didier and Edouard wellcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

Workshop in Nantes: the residents perspective

An opportunity to nosey into the lives of other residents around Europe, or further education in pain and welfare in cattle, either way we all got a lot out of the residents workshop!
The conference was a mixture of lectures, usually interspersed with questions, discussions and sharing of our own experiences, practicals in the vetschool and out on a local farm, and a chance to meet and catch up with other residents.
 The first day we heard about stressors on animals at slaughter, and the effect this can have on the product. Claudia Terlouw also presented experimental work showing the effect of food deprivation, human contact, novelty and separation, common stressors at slaughter, and the effect this has on physiological parameters and meat quality. Slaughter methods were also discussed, including halal methods, and practical points for captive bolt stunning.

After lunch, resident clinicians from the vetschool; Gwenola and Raphaël, introduced the topic of analgesia and anaesthesia in cattle. Statistics from Europe sparked some interesting discussion as the use of local anaesthetic in surgical castration and disbudding, and additional analgesia for caesareans were quite surprising! Gwenola also presented her work with long term downer cows, showing some fantastic results with some alternative therapies such as pool physiotherapy and electro-acupuncture.

Then came presentations from 7 residents, these were to represent the “daily work of a resident”. These included presentations from published projects done as part of residencies, and in anticipation of their final oral examination. It was especially interesting to see what projects had been put together as part of the residency, varying from computer modelling of mastitis costs and transmission by Peter Down from Nottingham, to a clinical control trial investigating the effects of prostaglandin in the refractory period by Beatrice Wenzinger from Zurich. Lorenzo Viora, resident at Glasgow, gave us an insight into fertility and nutritional issues in a 500 cow dairy unit, part of the herd health monitoring which he does in his day to day work.

Tuesday night, and after a long day of hard work, Raphaël gave us a great tour of the city of Nantes. After a few small issues with the public transport system of Nantes, we all met up at the Castle in the city centre.

Raphael showed us all the highlights of the historic city centre and pointed out a lot of great places for dinner, which left our mouths watering for the rest of the tour!
 In the old shipyards, we were all impressed by the Great Elephant of the Isles of Nantes; a 12 meter high mechanical elephant, which left us wondering how often it needed hoof trimming? The tour ended at the docks of Nantes, with a great view of the city at night, and crepes and beer for everyone.

 Wednesday started with a mix of philosophy and science as Isabelle Veissier defined the concept of emotions in animals, and how we can test these abilities experimentally, to avoid accusations of anthropomorphism. The idea of components of emotions was proposed; as internal, neurophysiological and behavioural, followed by a “check list” of cognitive components such as suddenness or predictability, which can be tested in our patients. Again experimental data was displayed to show the evidence of these cognitive components in ruminant species. She also introduced the concept of welfare as a more prolonged emotional state, including the ability to adapt.

After lunch Luc Mounier introduced the Welfare Quality® project and assessment protocol. An evidence based tool drawn up through discussion with scientists, consumers and producers to assess welfare on farms. This included measurement of resources and behaviours as indicators of key aspects of welfare. Some elements that could be applicable to us as vets in the field were highlighted.

Finally Christine Fourichon presented two epidemiological studies in an update for residents. A combination of evidence from observational studies teamed with computer modelling had been utilised to simulate the effects of Johnes surveillance and control measures. This delivered some interesting forecasts for disease prevalence and economic cost, particularly useful in this scenario where results of changes can take years to take effect. Secondly she introduced a concept new to many of us; of “syndromic surveillance”, where certain health indicators are monitored to highlight emerging diseases. In this example routinely collected fertility data was mapped over the period of BTV infection in France, and shown to be a useful indicator in this disease.

After the culture filled evening of the night before, everybody was looking forward to a relaxing night out. In the mild evening air, we enjoyed dinner at a wonderful square in Nantes, and had time to talk about all the little problems residents have in their daily work. To finish off the evening we found a great Irish Pub where we enjoyed songs from Ireland, England, Belgium and Switzerland. The prize for the best singer definitely goes to Eoin Ryan.

We started Thursday with a tour of the lovely surroundings of the Oniris site, particularly enjoyable in the Nantes sunshine, then continued with a practical day.
 There was an opportunity to try your hand at some new regional anaesthesia techniques, from lumbar-sacral rachi-anaesthesia to Peterson blocks, using the facilities of the clinics in the vetschool. We also spent some time out on a local farm putting into practice aspects of the welfare quality assessment protocol, reminding us how important animal welfare is in the daily work of every resident. It also brought up interesting discussions about the differences in production animal systems throughout Europe.

At the end of the day we said goodbye to some who had to leave to get back to work in time. The rest of the group headed back downtown. Back to the same restaurant for another great meal in some evening sunshine, and a big bowl of chocolate mousse was the perfect finish of our time in Nantes! Last but not least many thanks to all speakers and especially to Raphael for the great organisation of the workshop and to the Oniris vetschool for hosting us in their impressive facilities!

Sarah Wood and Lisa Ebner

ECBHM residents workshop (Nantes, April 23-25, 2013)

27 residents have attended the 6th "residents workshop" of the ECBHM organized at the veterinary school of Nantes.

The workshop was opened by the President of the ECBHM, Arcangelo Gentile, that, after having thanked the organizers, and in particular Raphael Guatteo, emphasized the importance of the workshops in the training activity of the residents.
In his speech, the President illustrated to the residents the current situation of the college, and updated them with some factual information onf the life of the college.

The topic of the workshop was "Assessment and management of welfare and pain in cattle" and different experts on this thema offered their competent contribution by giving very interesting lectures.

On Tuesday, 23rd, a "resident session" enabled some of the participants to present their daily activity and their research projects, that were widely discussed and commented.

The last day of the workshop was characterised by a practical session on anestesia in cattle.

Residents enjoyed not only the scientific part of the workshop but also the social aspects, and particularly the visit to the town and the broisseries.

The presentations of the workshop as well as other documents related to the topic "welfare", are available to be downloaded in the reserved area of the ECBHM webpage.

 

Annual General Meeting of the EBVS (Brussels 12-13, 2013)

On April, 12nd and 13th, the President of the ECBHM, Arcangelo Gentile, together with Ingrid Lorenz (member of the board, photo below) took part to the annual general meeting (AGM) of the EBVS (European Board for Veterinary Speccialisation).
Representatives of all the 23 european colleges member of the EBVS were present, as well as representatives of the FVE, EAEVE, as well as from similar associations of the United States, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand.
 Among the different issues that were dealt with, the participants discussed intensively on the EU Directive 2005/36, the directive that concerns the recognition of professional qualifications and that was recently opened up by the European Commission for amendment. In this respect, the EBVS has successfully lobbied the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services, and also members of the European Parliament to propose to the European parliament an amendment for automatic recognition of veterinary specialities, along with those of medicine and dentistry.
This opens the door for formal and legal recognition of veterinary specialisation in Europe.

 Further information on this topic can be found in the EBVS Newsletter n.5 (January 2013) and in the EBVS Newsletter n.6 (April 2013).

During the AGM the activity of the ECBHM was also discussed and evaluated. Moreover, this was the occasion of sharing experiences and probelmes with the other colleges' representatives.


The executive committee of the EBVS during the AGM

 

Web Seminar for residents: "Breeding soundness evaluation of the bull"

 The first webinar of 2013, that has been held on January 17th, was concentrated on the evaluation of the fertility of bulls.

It is economically important that all bulls are fertile and prof. John Kastelic reviewed the principles of breeding soundness evaluation of the bull, including physical examination, common structural and functional abnormalities, and collection and evaluation of semen.

 Moreover, he illustrated how the use of infrared thermography and ultrasonography may be helpful in the evaluation of the male reproductive tract.

Interestingly, John Kastelic showed that scrotal size correlates well with daily sperm production and is a highly repeatable measure; scrotal circumference is therefore a valuable indicator of semen production. Bulls with bigger testicles usually produce more semen.

Up to 40 attendees took part to the webinar, but the total number of participants was surely higher, because many diplomats joined the webinar as a group.
The president of the ECBHM, attended the webinar together with the residents of the clinic for ruminant in Munich.

The PDF file of the presentation as well as the recording of the webinar will be made available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area" as soon as possible.

 Also this web seminar was shared with the residents of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (specialty Large Animal). Many of them, in fact, attended the webinar.

The organizers of these important ECBHM's events, Didier and Edouard wellcome suggestions for the topics of the next webinars.

Web Seminar for residents: "Infection dynamics of mastitis pathogen"

 Another successful WEB SEMINAR for the residents of the ECBHM. The fourth. Simply great!
On November the 6th, Ynte Schukken, professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine of the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, spoke on the dynamics of the mastitis pathogen.

Up to 40 attendees took part to the webinar, and if we take into account that some diplomats joined the webinar as a group we can say that we are not far from 50 participants. So far this is the record.

The PDF file of the presentation as well as the recording of the webinar are available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area". Additional videos/movies are also to be downloaded.

To study more in depth the topic, prof. Schukken suggests the following article: Schukken et al. (2012) "Host-response patterns of intramammary infections in dairy cows" Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 144(3-4):270-89.

Web Seminar for residents: "The ultrasonographic diagnosis of pregnancy in cattle"

 No problem also with the third WEB SEMINAR for residents of the ECBHM (September, 26th, 2012): another success. Giovanni Gnemmi, bovine practitioner in the north of Italy with part of his activity also in Switzerland, presented his experience in the field of ultrasonographycal gynecology.

Moreover, during the discussion Giovanni gave further details on the potentialities of ultrasonography in theriogenology.

The web seminars belong to the most important events of the ECBHM and we are happy to inform that this time the webinar was shared with the residents of the  American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (specialty Large Animal). Many of them, in fact, attended the webinar.

The PDF file of the presentation will be soon available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

Moreover, in the reserved area you will have access to the recording of the presentation.

Letter of Allen Roussel, President of the Large Animal Specialty of the ACVIM (Texas, 20/08/2012)

We would like to post the letter that Allen Roussel (current President of the Large Animal Specialty of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and member of the Examination Committee of the ECBHM) sent to the President of the ECBHM with some personal comments on the activities of the ECBHM:

"Dear President,
this was my 4th ECBHM examination in which to be a part. My first was in 2009 immediately before I officially became a member of the Examination Committee.
The organization and execution of each exam gets better and better every year. It has been my pleasure to observe the way in which the Executive Board and the Examination Committee have responded to feedback and experiences by rapidly making adjustments and improvements to the examination process.
The LMU Clinic for Ruminants at Oberschleißheim, first under the direction of Prof. Wolfgang Klee, and now Prof. Gabriela Knubben, has been remarkably welcoming in allowing the ECBHM Examination Committee to utilize their facilities and support staff to make the examination process successful.
As current President of the Large Animal Specialty of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, I have the opportunity to observe both of these specialty colleges from a unique perspective.
I'm impressed by the remarkable progress that ECBHM has made in such a short time and in a fiscally responsible manner to improve the examination process. I'm also very impressed with the dedication to and nurturing of the residents that is displayed by ECBHM diplomates. The direct dividend of that investment is obvious when one witnesses the feeling of belonging that the residents and candidates have toward the ECBHM. I'm honored and pleases to have the good fortune to be a part of ECBHM and the Examination Committee
."

 

Certifying examination 2012 (Munich, 23-25/07/2012)

Three out of five candidates (4 residents and 1 almost de facto applicant) have passed the diploma examination 2012, that has been recently held in Oberschleissheim, at the Clinic for Ruminants of the University of Munich.

They are Beatrice Lejeunne and Claudia Syring from Berne (Switzerland) and Sabine Mann from Munich. The ECBHM congratulates Bessy, Claudia and Sabine for their result and wish them a full integration in the activities of the college.

 The examination process finished on Wednesday the 25th and was coordinated by Raphael Guatteo, chairman of the examination committee, together with Richard Murray, Allen Roussel, Michele Bodmer and the President of the ECBHM, Arcangelo Gentile.

 

The following pictures show some moments of the examination days: the Examination Committe during the correction of the examination papers, walking from and to the hotel, visiting the clinic or taking some rests.

 

 

 

 

Web Seminar for residents: "Re-imagining housing and feeding system for dairy calves"

 Also the second WEB SEMINAR for residents of the ECBHM (June, 13th, 2012) had a huge success. Daniel (Dan) Weary (Professor at University of British Columbia - Canada) was the speaker. Title op his presentation was "Re-imagining housing and feeding system for dairy calves". 

Dan presented the most important aspects of calf feeding (including milk rations, weaning, and feeding of forage) and calf housing (including the long-term benefits of group housing on social behaviour and cognitive development).

The presentation was followed by an interesting discussion.

The ECBHM is really grateful to Dan for having been so kind to uptade us on this important topic. Again manny thanks also to Didier Raboisson and Edouard Timsit for their commitment in organizing the webinars.

The PDF file of the presentation is available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

Moreover, in the reserved area you have access to the recording of the presentation.

 

First Web Seminar for residents of the ECBHM

 The first WEB SEMINAR for residents of the ECBHM (April, 18th, 2012) has been a huge success.

In fact, more that 33 participants attended the very interesting presentation of Prof. Sylvie Chastand-Maillard,, whose title was "Speaking about genital inflammation rather than uterine infection!"

The presentation has been followed by a discussion which had to be interrupted only because it was getting late.

The ECBHM is really grateful to Sylvie for having been so kind to uptade us on this important topic, and to Didier Raboisson and Edouard Timsit for having proposed and then organized the web seminar.

The PDF file and the text of Sylvie's presentation are available for diplomats and residents in the "ECBHM reserved area".

ECBHM residents workshop (Berne, February 13-15, 2012)

Despite the rigorous temperature a warm atmosphere has welcomed the 19 residents of the ECBHM and the 9 residents of the ECVPH at the "Joint Residency Workshop ECBHM & ECVPH" that has been held at the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Berne (CH),  from the 13th to the 15th February 2012.
The topic of the workshop was: "Interpretation of herd health data from dairy farms – clinical, epidemiological and economical aspects".

 

The presence of residents of the European College of Veterinary Public Health has been the occasion of discussing topic of common interest, as well as of sharing experiences and competences.

The President of the ECBHM, Arcangelo Gentile, deputize for the entire college, and in his short speech aknowledged the commitment of the organizers, the availability of the speakers as well as the participation of the numerous residents. More over, he emphasized the importance of the workshops in the training of the residents, and indicated the workshop as one of the most important event in the life of the college.

 

Group work enabled the residents to be actively involved in the workshop process and allowed to create an informal atmosphere.

The intensity of the working activities was accompanied by recreational moments, such as the coffe breaks and the social dinner on monday evening.

The ECBHM would like to thank all organizers (among the others, Mireille Meylan, Michelle Bodmer and Marcus Doherr) and all speakers (among the others Anna Fahrion, Salome Duerr, Lies Gibbon-Beekhuis and Henk Hogeveen) for having dedicated their time to this important part of the education process of our residents.

Certifying examination 2011 (Munich, 25-28/07/2011)

Ten candidates (7 residents and 3 almost de facto applicants) have met in Oberschleissheim, at the Clinic for Ruminants of the University of Munich, to sit the certifying examination 2011 in order to be awarded the ECBHM diploma.
Before beginning the exam the President of the ECBHM, Joao Cannas Da Silva, has welcomed the candidates and wished them a successful outcome.

 The certifying examination has consisted of a written examination and a discussion of clinical case scenarios as well an oral examination. The procedures have lasted last 4 days.
All part of the examination were held under the constant direct supervision of the Examination Committe, composed by Ingrid Lorenz (chairperson), Raphael Guatteo, Simon More, Richard Murray, Allen Roussel, Michele Bodmer, Joa Cannas Da Silva and Arcangelo Gentile.

The picture shows the Examination Committe dealing with the preparation of the questions to be submitted to the applicants and the correction of the examination papers.

 

 

At the end of the four-day work Richard Murray commented with Ingrid Lorenz on the quality of the candidates presenting themselves for the diploma examination: "I was so impressed by the high standard of achievement showed by the Residents this year. When I was their age and at such an early stage of my veterinary professional career, I could never have presented my own clinical case studies with the confidence, clarity and depth of reflection that these current candidates displayed. Furthermore, to discuss their clinical paper in a language other than their native tongue, with an examiner who only can speak English, is impressive. For the future, I am certain that this European College will be in safe hands when these young up-and-coming clinical veterinary scientists start contributing to the corporate activities of the College at all levels.’    
The following picture depicts Richard and Ingrid discussing on the results of the examination in front a patient of the Clinic for Ruminant of Munich".

 

On behalf of the Examination Committee and of the ECBHM, Joao and Ingrid expressed the best thanks to the bavarian clinic for having given again friendly hospitality to this important event of the college. 

 

ECBHM residents workshop (Toulouse, April 12-14, 2011)

A cordial hospitality, a friendly atmosphere and a very high scientific level have characterized the residents workshop, which has been held in Toulose, April 12-14, 2011.
The topic of the workshop was: "Ancillary and paraclinical diagnosis tools in population medicine (infectious and metabolic disease): from implementation to interpretation".

 

13 residents and two almost de facto diplomates have attended the workshop and have enjoyed the collateral events, such as the visit to the campus of the Veterinary School and the pleasant and collegial evenings.

 

The president (absent due to the concomitant annual general meeting of the EBVS in Brussels) had the vice president deputize for him.
The ECBHM is very gratueful to all speakers, but especially to Raphael Guatteo and Gilles Foucras, for having dedicated their time to this important part of the education process of our residents.

 

 

Teleconference - Board meeting

 The 23rd of January 2011, at 14:00, the board has met via teleconference the chairs of the different committee. It was the first time that such a meeting has been held within the ECBHM. It has allowed to safe all cost usually linked to meetings. The teleconference resulted very useful and different problems of the college were discussed. The next board meeting will be held in the occasion of the next AGM in Liege, but it will be "live".

 

ECBHM qualifying examination, Oberschleissheim, Munich (Germany) 12-15.7.2010

 The Examination Committee is delighted to announce that Michèle Bodmer and Astrid Michel, residents at the Clinic of Ruminants of Bern, have been successful in the qualifying examination which has been held in Munich in July 2010. The board would like to congratulate Michèle and Astrid for their result and wish them a full integration in the activities of the college.