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Farm Animal Practice
Practical approach to the control of pneumonia in housed calves
  1. Alison Gibbs

    Alison Gibbs graduated from Glasgow in 1972 and, after working in farm animal practice, the pharmaceutical industry and the Universities of Cambridge and London, returned to Glasgow in 1980 to lecture in farm animal medicine. She moined the multidisciplinary research team working on respiratory diseases in cattle and was awarded a PhD for studies on bovine pneumonic pasteurel losis. She left Glasgow in 1995 to become an independent consultant, and is an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.


CALF pneumonia continues to be a significant problem for the cattle industry, both in economic and welfare terms, and its control remains a topic of prime importance for veterinary surgeons and farmers alike. However, the diverse nature of the pathogens and disease syndromes involved means that there is no panacea. The incidence and severity of calf pneumonia is very closely allied with management and disease patterns on individual farms and so the best approach is to implement a control programme for each farm tailored specifically to its own needs. This plan can be formulated by following a methodical approach, as described in this article. For the purposes of the article, the term 'calf' includes any bovine animal up to one year of age.

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