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Proactive dairy cattle disease control in the UK: veterinary surgeons' involvement and associated characteristics

Higgins, Helen M.; Huxley, Jonathan; Wapenaar, Wendela; Green, Martin J.


Helen M. Higgins

Jonathan Huxley

Wendela Wapenaar

Martin J. Green


Characteristics of 94 veterinary surgeons associated with delivering preventive herd-level strategies to control mastitis, lameness and Johne's disease were investigated using two multinomial models. The response variables were ‘Gold Standard Monitoring’ (including on-going data analysis, risk assessments and laboratory testing), and a lower level of involvement called ‘Regular Control Advice’. Although the sample was biased towards those who spend the majority of their time with dairy cows, 69 per cent currently had no involvement in Gold Standard Monitoring for lameness, 60 per cent no involvement with Johne's, and 52 per cent no involvement with mastitis. The final model predicted that an assistant without a postgraduate cattle qualification, who had spent no time on dairy cattle continuous professional development (CPD) in the last year, had an 88 per cent chance of having no involvement with Gold Standard Monitoring for any disease, versus

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 25, 2013
Journal Veterinary Record
Print ISSN 0042-4900
Electronic ISSN 0042-4900
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 173
Issue 10
Article Number 246
Institution Citation Higgins, H. M., Huxley, J., Wapenaar, W., & Green, M. J. (2013). Proactive dairy cattle disease control in the UK: veterinary surgeons' involvement and associated characteristics. Veterinary Record, 173(10), doi:10.1136/vr.101692
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