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Bovis Blog 6th July 2016

"BVD is a hot topic..."

World Buiatrics Congress Day 2

Today has been another good day in Dublin. Credit, once again, must go to the organizers - they really have done well with this congress. The staff on site are friendly and helpful, and keep all 3000+ delegates moving between streams and catering facilities in an impressively efficient manner.

Hi-lights of today include a short session from George Gunn (SAC/SRUC), who gave an excellent explanation of the decision making process when testing herds for BVD and how to interpret the results.

BVD is a hot topic at WBC Dublin and it is reassuring to hear about all the background research that is going on to try an eradicate this frustrating condition.

This afternoon I enjoyed Prof. David Anderson's lecture on the "Evolution of Bovin Surgery". Prof Anderson gave a thought provoking lecture and encouraged vets to try and follow up on cases in the longer term. He suggested that vets should include outcomes assessments when assessing the effectiveness of their chosen surgical and medical approaches. He gave the example of deep digital sepsis. Traditionally, amputation of the digit is used to treat chronic cases and the fact that the cow gets up and walks away after the procedure may not necessarily reflect a satisfactory result. He reported research indicating that only about half of these patients may actually return to a prior level of production and that approximately 30% of these cases were culled, due to lameness, within 7 months of the procedure. Prof Anderson gave some examples of alternative digital salvage procedures, which may have more long term successful outcomes. He also reminded the audience that euthanasia does not equate with failure - sometimes this is the most appropriate treatment for severe and unremitting pain. Prof Anderson encourages the use of multimodal analgesia and emphasized that local anaesthetics alone are rarely sufficient for surgical analgesia and that analgesia should continue for 72 hours post surgery. Prof Anderson also presented some interesting examples of theloscopy and thelotomy and it may be that these are underutilized techniques for surgical cases involving the udder.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Best wishes,


Bovis Blog 5th July 2016

“Céad Mile Fáilte” from Dublin!

World Buiatrics Congress Day 1

Vetstream are proud to be associated with WBC 2016. The Dublin team have clearly been working very hard over the past few years and have produced a fantastic programme in a state of the art venue. The organising committee can be justly proud of themselves as every possible eventuality appears to have been catered for and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.  

The opening ceremony included traditional Irish music and dance, commencing the week with an energetic and upbeat start.

The scientific programme looks excellent and if the quality of today's lectures are anything to go by, then were are in for a good week. 

It has been good to catch up with some existing Bovis contributors and to meet with some future contributors. In particular it was good to chat with Roger Blowey. Roger has contributed text, image and video content to Bovis and we are delighted to have him on board.

Likewise, it was great to catch up with Jonathan Statham, from RAFT Veterinary Solutions. Jonathan is contributing a number of text articles to Bovis and we are delighted to be working with him and his team at RAFT.

We are pleased to also be working closely with clinicians from Edinburgh University, and it was good to bump into Martin Tomlinson at the ECBHM stand today. Whilst at the ECBHM stand, I took the oppurtunity to thank Ingrid Lorenz for EBCHM's recent support for Bovis. We are also pleased to  be able to assist ECBHM residents and diplomates with publishing their work and bringing up to date veterinary information to practicing vets and vet students across the UK and the World.

Looking forward to another enjoyable and productive day tomorrow!

If you are attending WBC 2016 and would like to find out more about Bovis, please drop me and email at and I'd be happy to meet with you.

Best wishes,


Ruth Clark BVSc MRCVS

Livestock Editor, Vetstream LTD

Bovis Blog 4th July 2016

The countdown has begun...

Bovis is coming!

Welcome to the Bovis Blog! This page will keep you up to date with all of the latest news and progress regarding Vestream's forthcoming cattle service.

We hope to launch Bovis by the end of 2017. It will be the first of Vetstream's livestock services and will compliment our exisiting companion animal Vetlexicon services.

Bovis will be available to cattle vets all over the globe. At launch, the focus will be on the UK and European industries and their diseases. However, the content maps have been written for much of the globe. Articles on diseases and cattle systems specific to non-UK countries will be commisioned in the future.

What is Bovis?

Bovis is an independent, comprehensive, digital information resource for cattle vets, mixed practitioners and vet students. It is comprimsed of text articles, images and video resources on all topics that a cattle vet should ever need access to. All content is written and provided by vets or related professionals (nutritionists, geneticists, etc.) Content is all subject to specialist peer review. We aim for all our content to be written to a certificate level. All references are listed and include direct links to Pub Med and Vet Med Resource where relevant. At least one vet is involved in the final editorial process.

Bovis will be available to vet students via subscribing universities and Wikivet. Practicing vets will pay a subscription fee.

In the same way that a text book has an ISBN number, Bovis as an 'online textbook', has an ISSN number. All articles have individual URLs, enabling them to be easily referenced elsewhere. Bovis' multi-lingual information sheets contain specific information for farmers. Written by vets and peer-reviewed by specialists, they are still in laymens terms and aimed at farmers and farm workers.

Bovis will be available on all internet enabled devices. For those in areas with poor connectivity, they will have the option of downloading categories as e-books, ensuring all practitioners have top quality information at their fingertips.

Bovis aims to provide peace of mind for cattle vets by supplying access to up to date, accurate and evidence-based clinical resources, 24/7.

A range of fantastic articles have already been submitted by vets from all over the world. Contributors include a plethora of industry experts e.g. recognized veterinary specialists and university residents, etc.

Bovis is supported by the European College of Bovine Healthy Management (ECBHM), and is an easy way to become a published veterinary author. All articles are entered into our purpose designed, online content management system. we provide specialist veterinary templates to guide authors through their articles and all necessary support is given at all satges of the process. Authors are paid for their articles.

We are passionate about delivering top quality, evidence based information to all cattle practitioners. We believe that cattle welfare, productivity and economic succes go hand in hand. We intend that Bovis will enable cattle vets to deliver a top notch service to cows and their keepers, all over the globe.

How do I get involved?

Bovis is currently being built. Articles and images are being commissioned, and peer reviewing is about to start. If you are a cattle vet or involved with cattle veterinary services, and would like to contribute articles, images or videos, or peer-reviewing services to Bovis, please contact Vetstream's Livestock Editor:

Ruth Clark BVSc MRCVS via

Getting involved as an organisation:

Ruth is building close links with industry partners from across the globe. Bovis aims to work closely with stakeholders across the cattle industry. If you feel your organisation or institution provides accturate and up to date information on any topic of interest to cattle specialists, then we would love to hear from you. We are keen to work in partnership with organisations who share our vision to provide high quality information to cattle practictioners.

Keep checking out this blog for up to date information about Bovis progress. The next blog will be from World Buiatrics Congress – Dublin!