Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Webinar Focuses on Immune Function in Neonatal Calves – Cowsmo

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Webinar Focuses on Immune Function in Neonatal Calves

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association’s (DCHA) June 13 webinar features “Optimizing Immune Function in Neonatal Calves – It’s More Than Just Vaccination!” This free, one-hour educational offering starts at 2 p.m. Central time (Chicago time).

Brian Miller, a veterinarian with Merck Animal Health, will focus on management practices to help ensure more calves are successfully immunized. Many producers assume that if they vaccinate animals against a particular disease, that they are fully protected following vaccination. However, there are several factors that influence whether an animal has the ability to respond to the vaccine, as well as the level of protection afforded from vaccination. This presentation will focus on management practices that optimize immune responses in newborn calves before, at and following calving. Included will be a discussion on scour vaccines administered to late-gestation replacement heifers and dry cows, and intranasal vaccines administered to newborn calves.

Born and raised on a dairy farm near Beloit, Wis., Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois. He was a dairy practitioner in Wisconsin for more than 20 years and was an owner/partner in an eight-person mixed animal practice located in Whitewater, Wis. Miller began his industry career as a dairy technical services veterinarian in 2006 and has held positions with Fort Dodge Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Merck Animal Health. He currently provides technical support and consultative services to dairy producers, calf ranches and veterinary practices located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. His primary areas of interest include calf health, dairy production medicine, bovine viral diarrhea virus, hypocalcemia and mastitis control and prevention.

To register for the webinar, go here and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate.

DCHA submitted a Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) application for this DCHA webinar. Approval gives veterinarians the opportunity to earn one CE at no cost.

This webinar is sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

If you are a DCHA member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar through DCHA’s online Member Center. This is a new DCHA member benefit. To access the webinar, DCHA members will need to visit HERE and enter their username and password.

For more information about DCHA’s webinars, e-mail Sue Schatz, DCHA member services director, at: [email protected] Follow DCHA on social media or visit the DCHA website to learn about future webinars.

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.

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