The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) brought together bovine practitioners, livestock owners, disease researchers and diagnosticians for a comprehensive seminar on the “Recent Advances in Understanding the Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex.” The seminar, held in Amarillo, Texas, was an all-day affair on Saturday, June 18.
Topics ranged from understanding Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex (BRDC) to how best to feed an animal infected with BRD. The latest in veterinary and research advances were presented by:
Chris Seabury, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station—Population Genomics of BRDC in Beef and Dairy Cattle
- Carol G. Chitko-McKown, research microbiologist for U.S. Department of Agriculture ARS—Innate Immunity and the Host-Pathogen Interaction
- John Richeson, assistant professor of animal science in the Feedlot Research Group, Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University in Canyon—Stress and Animal Susceptibility to the BRD Complex
- Brian Lubbers, director of Clinical Microbiology and Microbial Surveillance Laboratories at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory—BRD Diagnostics: Testing and Trends
- Sam Ives, associate professor in the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering at West Texas A&M University in Canyon
Attendees gathered information and were able to ask questions during each of the five sessions. Among the nearly 60 attendees were beef and dairy cattle owners and bovine practitioners.
“The primary goal of the conference was to bring together a handful of speakers that would present current trends on key areas of the bovine respiratory disease complex that would not only update those attending the conference but also challenge conventional ways of thinking about the complex,” said R. Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, MA, Amarillo TVMDL Resident Director.
“As more than one speaker pointed out, ‘We have been studying the bovine respiratory disease complex for over 50 years and have learned much about the pathogenesis, but have made no significant dent in its incidence.’ At TVMDL, our service mission is to aid practitioners and producers in identifying these disease pathogens and to investigate and develop improved diagnostic testing methods for earlier, accurate diagnosis of BRDC cases.”
TVMDL regularly provides testing for bovine owners and practitioners to determine the underlying cause of BRD. A complete listing of test offerings is available at tvmdl.tamu.edu.