Mastitis control in dairy herds has improved in the last 15 years as we continue to focus on prevention of new cases and new infections. However the treatment of NEW clinical mastitis events is an everyday issue that will always need to be addressed. This session will address a common clinical situation: A farm client reports disappointing outcomes from the treatment of clinical mastitis cases and many clinical cases recur. James Breen and Kath Aplin will work through an example herd, using farm records to gather and analyse data, investigating the factors on the farm that might influence treatment success and working with the farmer to produce an action plan for improved cure rates and ongoing mastitis control.

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    James Breen
    Clinical Associate Professor (Cattle Health and Production), University of Nottingham
    James qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol in 1998 and after a short spell locuming, joined Prof. Martin Green at the Orchard Veterinary Group, Glastonbury, working with companion and farm animals as a veterinary assistant. He returned to Langford in 2001 to take up a residency in Farm Animal Medicine under the tutelage of Mr Islwyn Thomas FRCVS, developing his interests in dairy cow medicine and surgery as well as teaching veterinary undergraduate students. He later joined Dr Andrew Bradley and Prof Green on a national dairy cow mastitis research project and was involved in the development of the current national DairyCo mastitis control initiative. He subsequently completed a three-year RCVS Trust residency in Production Animal Medicine, dividing his time between dairy practice, teaching, consultancy and research. He currently works as a Lecturer at the Nottingham Veterinary School, a farm animal veterinary surgeon in practice and a clinical associate at a commercial laboratory that provides milk recording services and mastitis consultancy in Somerset. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production (2003) and the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production (2008) and was awarded a PhD for studies into cow risk factors for clinical mastitis and increased somatic cell count. He is an RCVS-recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.
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    Kath Aplin BVSc Cert CHP MRCVS
    Veterinary Adviser, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health UK Ltd
    After graduating in 1995 Kath worked in cattle practice for 20 years, in Somerset, New Zealand and Cumbria, gaining a Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 2002. In 2015 Kath joined Boehringer as a ruminant veterinary adviser and now provides technical support for the Boehringer ruminant range of medicines, with particular responsibility for the therapeutic range. Areas of interest include mastitis, infectious disease and communications, with an overall aspiration to improve health and wellbeing in agriculture.