World Buiatrics Congress 2016 (WBC 2016) Contact WBC 2016
The World’s Premier Cattle Health Congress
July 3rd - 8th 2016 Dublin, Ireland

Simon Carpenter is head of the Entomology group in the Vector-borne Viral Disease programme at The Pirbright Institute. He has worked for fourteen years on Culicoides biting midges and their interaction with hosts and viruses. These studies have largely been conducted in response to the unprecedented outbreaks of bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses that have occurred in Europe, although he is also currently active through collaborative projects based in India and Brazil. Simon is also a co-investigator on the recently initiated Culicoides genome project led by Dr Mark Fife at The Pirbright Institute, which will revolutionize our understanding of this relatively understudied group.

Dr. Collins received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Georgia.  He is presently a Professor in the department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Since the early 1980s Johne’s disease has been the focus of his research.  Dr. Collins has numerous scientific and lay publications on Johne’s disease and served as president of the International Association for Paratuberculosis for over 10 years.  He is the principle author of Johne’s information Center website  Over his academic career Dr. Collins has taken four year-long sabbaticals for study in Denmark, Australia, the Netherlands and most recently in Chile as Fulbright Scholar.

My research interests are in the areas of: clinical sheep health and production; farm animal parasitology in general; anthelmintic resistance; and livestock veterinary education.

Helminth parasites are the most important production limiting diseases of small ruminants worldwide, both in large-scale commercial sheep farms and in many resource-poor regions where they are of paramount importance to rural economies.

Understanding of constraints to the control of helminth parasites is therefore of global relevance. During the past decade, however, failures of helminth control programmes have become commonplace, because the epidemiology of the parasites has changed from the conventional perspective on which the programmes are founded.

Various interacting factors have been identified to explain why such planned control programmes have been unsustainable, not least the evolution of anthelmintic resistance, and other factors undoubtedly exist, but have not yet been elucidated.

My principal research aspirations are to collaborate in developing and then using molecular tools and genetic markers to understand the changing epidemiology of helminth parasites at species and sub-population levels in response to stimuli such as climatic variation and exposure to anthelmintic drugs. Such understanding is a prerequisite for improved and sustainable helminth control programmes.

I have a 70% research 25% teaching and 5% extension service appointment.  I teach first year students Clinical Veterinary Nutrition, focused on general aspects and the dog, cat and horse.  I teach Digestive Physiology to veterinary students as well and help team teach dairy nutrition and production medicine to 4th year veterinary students.  I also teach portions of the graduate physiology courses. 

My research has focused on the metabolic diseases that occur in the transition dairy cow.  We have focused on the role of hypocalcemia on immune function and predisposition to other metabolic disease.  I also have some interest and experience with mastitis and metritis research in cows – again focused mostly on immunology of the cow.

I believe our work has helped demonstrate that metabolic alkalosis is the major cause of milk fever in cows and we also developed practical methods to acidify cows utilizing anion supplements.  We have also demonstrated that cows developing retained placenta and metritis are immune suppressed more than normal herdmates prior to the development of these diseases.

I have a small farm in Iowa that is helping raise alfalfa and 4 kids.

Being raised on a dairy farm, Henk Hogeveen graduated as MSc from Wageningen Agricultural University in 1989. He wrote MSc theses on the field of Epidemiology (cystic ovarian disease) and Animal Health Economics (economics of herd health programs). From 1989 until 1994 he worked as associated researcher at the Department of Herd Health and Reproduction of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, where he received a PhD in the field of mastitis diagnosis. After a short employment at the former Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Engineering in Wageningen, he started as a scientific researcher in the field of herd health and management at the Applied Cattle Research Institute in Lelystad (nowadays part of the Wageningen UR Livestock Research), followed by a position as cluster manager welfare, health and milk quality at that institute. Since 2001, Henk Hogeveen is working in academia, currently as personal professor at the chair group Business Economics of Wageningen University and the Department of Farm Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University His teaching activities are mainly directed at economics of animal health, agricultural business and veterinary business in BSc, MSc and PhD courses. His research activities are focused on the management of animal health. Within that field he has developed a special interest for the support of decisions on animal health (with much being done on mastitis) and animal welfare and on veterinary economics.


Henk Hogeveen is, amongst other memberships, member of the IDF Standing Committee Animal Health and was chairman from 2008-2012. He has more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications in highly ranked international journals and besides that many publications in scientific proceedings and trade journals. He is a frequently asked speaker on conferences.  


Professor of Cattle Health and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham

Diplomate of the European College Bovine Health Management
UK Specialist in Cattle Health and Production

Career Information

• 10 years farm animal veterinary practice
• PhD University of Warwick
• 4 years Wellcome Trust Research Fellow (University of Nottingham)
• Since 2006; Professor of Cattle Health and Epidemiology, University of Nottingham

Research/Clinical Interests

• Cattle health and endemic disease dynamics at population level
    – Esp mastitis, reproduction, nutrition, disease monitoring
• Statistical methods (esp Bayesian approaches)
    – Predictions and decision making in herd health

Nigel B. Cook BSc BVSc Cert. CHP DBR MRCVS

Nigel Cook is a Professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine section of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine. He qualified as a veterinarian in 1992 and worked in a large food animal clinic in Southern England for four years before moving to the Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire, where he spent three years as lecturer and head of the Large Animal Ambulatory Clinic.

Since 1999 he has been in Wisconsin, teaching veterinary students, performing research and developing outreach to improve dairy cattle well-being. His particular interests include lameness prevention, cow comfort and improving facility design. He developed The Dairyland Initiative – a resource to drive the creation of welfare friendly cattle housing in 2010. He is currently Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences and Past President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Emile Bouchard, DMV, MPVM

JUDE L. CAPPER, Ph.D. is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK. Jude’s current research focuses on modeling the environmental impact of livestock production systems, specifically dairy and beef.

Her principal professional goal is to communicate the importance of livestock industry sustainability and the factors affecting sustainability to enhance the knowledge and understanding of stakeholders within food production from the rancher and farmer through to the retailer, policy-maker and consumer.

She has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to resource use and the environmental impact of livestock production.

Dr. Ridpath heads the Intervention Strategies to Control Viral Diseases of Cattle Research Project at the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, IA, where her research focuses on the characterization and control of viruses associated with bovine respiratory disease.  Since earning her PhD from Iowa State University in 1983, she has authored or co-authored over 200 articles (over 160 in peer-reviewed journals), seven book chapters, over 200 abstracts and has submitted over 150 sequences to GenBank. She was co-editor for a book entitled “BVDV: Diagnosis, Management and Control” and has presented keynote addresses at 10 national and 12 international meetings. 

She is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Virus Research and Veterinary Research Communications, has edited the bovine viral diarrhea section for the Manual of Diagnostics Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals published by the O.I.E., and serves on the BVDV Expert Panel for the Discontools Project (European Commission). She is an adjunct member of the faculty of Iowa State University and South Dakota State University, and has served on graduate student committees for the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University and the Universidad Nacional Augonoma De Mexico.  Dr. Ridpath is credited with recognizing that viruses that cause bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) belong to two different species (BVDV1 and BVDV2), the isolation and characterization of a previously unrecognized pestivirus in pronghorn antelope (Pronghorn virus) and generating the first full length sequences of a BVDV2 virus, a border disease virus and pronghorn virus. 

Currently she is working with collaborators in Brazil and Argentina to determine the prevalence of exposure of cattle to bovine pestiviruses (including BVDV1, BVDV2 and HoBi-like viruses) in those countries.