Developing a calf’s own immune system so that it can fight disease is an important target for disease prevention. In early life, a calf is reliant on passive immunity from the mother and its own innate immune system. Mucosal immunity is an important ‘firewall’ component of the innate immune system and is dependent on the commensal flora for effective development and maturation. Detrimental factors to the commensal population (and therefore to innate immunity) include stress, poor nutrition and antimicrobial use. This webinar will discuss the role of innate mucosal immunity and how it can be maximised.

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    Ellie Button
    Veterinary Surgeon, Howells Veterinary Services

    Ellie graduated from Cambridge in 2006 and worked in mixed practice, first in Lancashire and then in Huddersfield. After a spell as a small animal locum she returned to Cambridge University, this time as a member of staff, teaching farm animal clinical skills to final year vet students. Ellie joined Howells in January 2016 and, alongside clinical work, she is responsible for delivering cattle and sheep training including client evenings and practical teaching such as lambing courses. Ellie’s particular interests are calf rearing and cattle infectious disease and she has completed four of six modules towards her Advanced Certificate in Cattle Medicine.