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Antimicrobial resistance
Origin of biofilm-related infections and therapeutic perspectives
Dr. Christophe Beloin

Group leader, Department of Microbiology, Institut Pasteur
France

Biography
Christophe Beloin received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Paris XI, France, and his postdoctoral work was performed at the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. From 2001 to 2013, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Unit of Genetics of Biofilms, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, and since 2013 he is an Associate Professor in the same department.
Dr. Beloin is a bacterial geneticist with expertise in the study of bacterial biofilms. His research interests notably involve the identification and characterization of new bacterial adhesins and the understanding of molecular mechanisms beyond the extreme recalcitrance of bacterial biofilms toward antibiotics.
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Antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in dairy cows
Prof. Dr. Theo J.G.M. Lam

Manager, R/D, GD Animal Health, Professor, Department of Farm Animal Health, Utrecht University
The Netherlands

Biography
Theo Lam is a veterinarian who graduated in 1990 from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where he started his career as a researcher/teacher in the ambulatory clinic of the vet school. In 1996 he received his PhD degree under supervision of Dr Ynte Schukken and prof. Arie Brand. From 1997 to 2006 he was one of twelve partners in private veterinary practice in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Then he moved to GD Animal Health in Deventer where he led the Dutch Udder Health Centre, a national program to further improve udder health in the Netherlands. In 2011 he was appointed as head of the R&D department at GD Animal Health. In 2011 Theo was also appointed as a part-time professor in Utrecht, focussing on bovine mastitis management and milk quality. He (co)authored over 125 articles published in scientific journals and was one of the authors of ‘Communication in Practice’ and of ‘Handbook on Udder health’, both meant to translate scientific knowledge to the field of veterinary practitioners.
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Bovine welfare and cattle comfort
Bovine behavior and welfare in production medicine
Dr. Ed. Pajor

Professor, Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare, Production Animal Health/ Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
Canada

Biography
Ed is recognized internationally for his research on the behavior and welfare of beef, swine, dairy, and rodeo animals, as well as expertise in animal welfare standards and legislation. Dr. Pajor has served on the scientific review committee for 3 different species on Canada’s Code of Practice process and served on the ACAF steering committee developing a national, multi-species animal care assessment process. Dr. Pajor has been an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science and has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Animal Science as well as Applied Animal Behavior Science and as a Regional Secretary to the International Society of Applied Ethology. Dr. Pajor has served on the animal welfare advisory committees of a number of organizations including McDonalds, Albertsons Companies Inc. the Calgary Stampede, the US National Pork Board, National Farm Animal Care Council, Certified Humane, and Alberta Farm Animal Care. He has consulted with organizations such as Calgary Co-op, Merck and Walmart. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honors Co-op B.Sc. Degree in biology. In addition he earned a MSc. and PhD. degree in biology from McGill University specializing in Animal Behavior. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Pajor was on faculty for 10 years at Purdue University in the Department of Animal Sciences where he also served as Director of the Animal Welfare Center. Ed currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and 2 Children.
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Buffaloes, camelids and wild ruminants
Management of Production and Health of Water Buffaloes
Dr. Mohammed Shamsuddin

Technical Officer, Nuclear Sciences and Applications/Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, International Atomic Energy Agency
Austria

Biography
Mohammed Shamsuddin graduated in veterinary medicine from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in 1985 and completed his PhD in 1993 from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.
He joined BAU in 1987 as a faculty member and served there for 25 years. He mentored 40 MS and 7 PhD students. His principal research interests have been the evaluation of male fertility using in vivo and in vitro models. He introduced artificial insemination (AI) in buffaloes and goats in Bangladesh.
He joined the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria in September 2012; since then he has lead research and development on genetic characterisation of animals for resistance to parasites, application of genomic tools in sire selection at AI in cattle and buffaloes and application of enzyme treatment and stable isotope technique in improving animal nutrition and productivity. He has conducted 25 expert missions in African, Asian and Latin American countries to assist on improving livestock productivity. He made 220 publications in journals and proceedings and has written 5 chapters in books.
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BVD
The great challenge of BVD eradication – can we do it together?
Prof. Joe Brownlie

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol Veterinary School
Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Royal Veterinary College
UK

Biography
Professor Joe Brownlie qualified from the Bristol (1966) entered veterinary practice and studied a PhD at IAH. He did a post-doctorate in the John Curtin Medical School, Australia on lymphoctye recirculation. In 1977, he started research in UK on the pathogenesis of veterinary viral infections. He added major understanding to infectious diseases, most notably BVDV, BIV, FMDV, bluetongue and canine infectious respiratory disease. He has discovered new viruses and developed international viral vaccines.
He has represented the profession at highest levels and worked with pharmaceutical industry and governments both nationally and internationally. He has held academic positions in various universities including the Royal Veterinary College as Professor of Veterinary Pathology. He was Chairman of the Governors of the Pirbright Institute. He has been awarded a number of prizes and visiting professorships in both the UK and Africa.
He is considered to be an expert in new and emerging veterinary diseases and is consulted widely about their pathogenesis and control. He has Chaired many veterinary conferences including the World Buiatric Congress.
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Diagnostic imaging
Orthopaedic ultrasonography in cattle
Mr. Karl Nuss

Section Head, Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich
Switzerland

Biography
1986-1991: Clinical Education at the Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1988: Thesis (Dr. med. vet.): “Resection of the distal interphalangeal joint in cattle”
1992: Resident in Large Animal Surgery, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
1992 - 2000: Clinician in Bovine Surgery, Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1996: Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons
2000: Habilitation thesis “Stage-oriented, sequential therapy of septic arthritis in cattle”.
2001-2007: Clinician in Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland.
2004: Diplomate, European College of Bovine Health Management
2007: Professor of Surgery and Orthopedics, Clinic for Ruminants, University of Munich, Germany.
2015: Professor ad personam and Section Head, Ruminant Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Main research interests: Bovine Surgery and Orthopedics, Bovine Diagnostic Imaging
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E-learning and continuing education
E-learning and continuing education
Dr. Peter D. Constable

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
USA

Biography
Dr. Constable obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1982. He has worked as an agricultural animal veterinarian in Australia and mixed animal practitioner in England. Dr. Constable completed an ambulatory internship and food animal medicine and surgery residency at The Ohio State University in the USA and obtained MS and PhD degrees from the same institution in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and received an Honorary Doctorate (Docteur Honoris Causa) from the Université de Liège in Belgium in 2011.
Dr. Constable has co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 book chapters. He is the editor, co-editor, or co-author of 4 books, including senior author on the 11th edition of Veterinary Medicine, a textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats. Dr. Constable's main clinical and research interests include acid-base physiology, fluid and electrolyte therapy, shock, calf diarrhea, internal medicine, bovine mastitis, surgical conditions of the bovine abdomen, food animal education, biostatistics, pharmacokinetics, and the cardiovascular response to endurance training. Dr. Constable is sought after as a speaker and has given scientific and continuing education presentations in more than 20 countries. Since 2014, Dr. Constable has served as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

* Note: The Keynote speaker for "E-learning and continuing education" has changed from Dr. Martin Fischer to Dr. Peter D. Constable.

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Epidemiology
Tools and Approaches for Problem Solving at the Herd, Regional, National and International levelTools and Approaches for Problem Solving at the Herd, Regional, National and International level
Prof. Mark Stevenson

Professor, Veterinary Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Australia

Biography
Mark Stevenson is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology and simulation modelling of infectious disease spread. He is currently Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology (One Health) at The University of Melbourne where he leads a group working on the epidemiology of a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic zoonotic diseases including Q fever, highly pathogenic avian influenza, trichinellosis and brucellosis.
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Herd health
Veterinary Herd Health & Productivity Management Advice on Dairy Farms
A Necessity
Prof. Dr. Jos.P.T.M.Noordhuizen

Professor in dairy herd health & productivity management, Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
France

Biography
Graduated January 1975 at the Veterinary Faculty, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Bovine obstetrics & gynaecology specialisation 1975-1978 at Utrecht. Large animal practice 1978—1981.
Cattle consultant at the Limburg Animal Health Service, Netherlands, 1981. Associated professor at Utrecht University, department of Herd Health & Ambulatory Clinic. PhD in dairy cattle herd health & production management programmes in Utrecht, 1984.
Full professor and head of department of Animal Husbandry, Animal Science Group, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands, 1988-1998.
Full professor and head of department of Ruminant Health Care, Utrecht University, 1998- 2005. Pre-retirement December 2005. In 2006: invited professor at the Veterinary Faculty, Ghent University, Belgium; in 2008 & 2009: invited professor at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes and Lyon (France). In 2010—2011: teacher for practitioners in France (SNGTV).
Co-founder of VACQA-International Consultancies.
Over 300 articles written; 5 books published (a.o. herd health; applied epidemiology; quality risk management); many international courses given; many congress presentations given.
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Hoof health and lameness
Zero lameness a reachable goal? Strategies to improve claw health and reducing lameness in a short and long term perspective
Prof. Christer Bergsten

Professor, Biosystems and technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sweden

Biography
Professor Christer Bergsten has for more than 30 years been engaged in research and education at the Swedish University of Agriculture and also working with specialized animal health service for the Swedish Dairy Association. He is well acknowledged internationally for his research on bovine lameness, claw and leg lesions and its´ association with breeding, nutrition, management, and housing system and for practical application of his work improving animal welfare and performance. Christer has developed a claw lesion recording system for herd health monitoring, which is now extensively used. A claw breeding value is calculated from these records and used in breeding programs to reduce lameness. The importance of optimal housing with special emphasize on comfort and hygiene of the walking areas has been demonstrated by several studies. Presently he is working at the Dept. of Biosystems and Technology, SLU Alnarp, Sweden leading the section of Animal Environment and Building function.
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Immunology and vaccines
Immunology of bovine respiratory syncytial virus (bRSV) in calves
Dr. Geraldine Taylor

Honorary Fellow, The Pirbright Institute
UK

Biography
Geraldine Taylor (BSc, PhD) is an Honorary Fellow at The Pirbright Institute and is a Jenner Investigator, Oxford University. Previously Head of the Vaccinology group, her research interests are the study of mechanisms of immunity to and pathogenesis of a number of economically important virus infections of livestock, with the ultimate aim of developing novel vaccines. The main focus of her research is bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), which is an important cause of pneumonia in young calves and which is closely related to human RSV, a major cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in young children.
These studies have included characterisation of the protective antigens of RSV, the role of antibodies and T cells in RSV infection, and the molecular determinants of virulence of BRSV in calves. Recent studies have exploited the calf model of BRSV infection for the development of an adenovirus-vectored for the development of human RSV vaccines.
Her other research interests include investigating the role of the immune response in immunity to and pathogenesis of African swine fever virus (ASFV) and Peste des peitis ruminants virus (PPRV).
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Infectious diseases: bacteriology
Control of epizootic mycobacterial diseases: paratuberculosis and tuberculosis
Dr. Richard J Whittington

Professor, Farm Animal Health, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
Australia

Biography
Professor Richard Whittington is Chair of Farm Animal Health in the School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia. Until 2002 he was Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Agriculture, following service as a diagnostic pathologist, and he has worked in private veterinary practice in NSW and the UK. He has a BVSc (1980), a PhD in microbiology and immunology, is a registered specialist in veterinary pathobiology and is a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology in mycobacteriology. Richard heads an ISO17025 accredited diagnostic laboratory and an OIE reference laboratory at the University of Sydney, and leads research programs on infectious diseases of farmed animals, particularly Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Dichelobacter nodosus, and viral diseases in aquaculture. He encourages direct engagement of farmers in on-farm research. He works with scientists in developing countries to provide appropriate research, development and training and is currently assisting the Government of Fiji with control of bovine tuberculosis.
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Infectious diseases: virology
Bovine leukemia virus: A major silent threat to proper immune responses in cattle
Dr. Paul M. Coussens

Professor and Director, Molecular Pathogenesis Laboratory, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University
USA

Biography
Dr. Coussens holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Northern Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maine at Orono, and a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Coussens’ early studies focused on analysis of retroviruses and oncogenes. In 1986, Dr. Coussens returned to Michigan as a post-doctoral researcher and in 1987, accepted a post as Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Coussens has raised over $5 million in internal, State and Federal funds to support research programs on Marek’s disease virus, Johne’s disease, and BLV. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Coussens assumed a leadership role as Director of the MSU Center for Animal Functional Genomics (CAFG). Currently Dr. Coussens’ research is focused on the immunology of mycobacterial diseases and immune dysfunction in bovine leukemia virus infected cattle. Dr. Coussens has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and symposia papers, presented over 200 abstracts and invited talks, and is a named inventor on 13 US patents.
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Internal medicine
Future perspectives for farm animal internal medicine
Subtitle: Towards a new balance between disciplines within veterinary medicine
Dr. Walter Grünberg

Research associate, Clinic for Cattle, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
Germany

Biography
Walter Grünberg is a senior researcher and clinician at the Clinic for Cattle, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover with specialty in bovine internal medicine. Walter graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria and obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. After several years in food animal practice, Walter returned to academia and held research- and clinical track positions at the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals of the Free University Berlin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University and Utrecht University. Beside of holding board certifications in animal reproduction (Dip. ECAR) and bovine health management (Dip. ECBHM) Walter has been granted the status of associate diplomate of the ACVIM. His research focus is on metabolic diseases, with an emphasis on mineral-, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances in cows and calves. Walter has authored or coauthored of over 60 scientific publications, numerous book chapters and is coeditor of the 11th edition of Veterinary Medicine, a textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats.
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Nutrition and metabolic diseases
Effects of Metabolic Disorders on Dairy Cow Health and Reproductive Performance
Prof. Garrett Oetzel

Professor, Food Animal Production Medicine Section, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
USA

Biography
Dr. Garrett R. (Gary) Oetzel, DVM, MS, is a professor in the Food Animal Production Section, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Oetzel grew up on a beef cow-calf farm in southwestern Ohio. He completed his undergraduate and veterinary medical training at The Ohio State University, receiving his BS in 1978 and DVM in 1981. From Ohio he went to the University of Illinois where he completed an internship, residency, and graduate program in 1985. Dr. Oetzel then spent three years as an assistant professor at Colorado State University and one year in private dairy practice in Reedsville, WI. He joined the Food Animal Production Medicine Section at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in September 1989. Dr. Oetzel's main research interests are in ketosis and hypocalcemia. His lecture courses include topics in veterinary clinical nutrition and food animal medicine. His clinical instruction involves herdlevel evaluation of health records, transition cow troubleshooting, applied dairy nutrition, and herd-based testing for metabolic diseases.
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Parasitology
Tick borne diseases of cattle: understanding pathogen transmission for the development of control strategies.
Dr. Massaro Ueti

Veterinary Medical officer, US Department of Agriculture, USDA-ARS
USA

Biography
PhD, Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, Washington, USA, March 2005
My research focuses on in understanding vector-pathogen interaction at the level of tick midgut and salivary glands. These organs are the major determinants for tick borne pathogen transmission. I established a vector borne program that uses biological approaches to analyze the vector competence including Rhipicephalus microplus and Deramcentor andersoni. These ticks are vectors of Babesia, Theileria parasites, and Anaplasma marginale. I have >15 years of experience in working on tick borne diseases of livestock.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Research Veterinary Medical Officer, US. Department of Agriculture-Animal Research Service-Animal Disease Research Unit, Pullman, WA. Identification of novel Babesia bovis molecules applicable to blocking transmission vaccine development. 2009- Present
Adjunct Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 2014- Present
Adjunct Professor, Washington State University, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, WA. 2010- Present
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Public health and food safety
Prediction Modeling for Large Data Sets and One Health
Prof. Dörte Döpfer

Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Food animal Production Section, University of Wisconsin in Madison
USA

Biography
A veterinarian, epidemiologist and microbiologist by training, Dörte Döpfer is an associate professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine Section of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
She works on large data sets about infectious disease dynamics, spatial modelling, food safety, and emergence of antimicrobial resistance factors. In addition, prediction models for rare events, machine learning for One Health and farm animal production medicine, and disease surveillance are part of her research projects.

* Note: The Keynote speaker for "Public health and food safety"has changed from Dr. Martin Blaser to Prof. Dörte Döpfer.

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Reproduction
Conceptus implantation to the maternal endometrium: cellular mechanisms associated with the adhesion of two cell types.
Dr. Kazuhiko Imakawa

Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Reproduction, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Tokai University (Kumamoto)
Japan

Biography
Dr. Kazuhiko (Kaz) Imakawa, Ph.D., is Professor in the laboratory of Molecular Reproduction, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Tokai University. Prof. Imakawa graduated from Ibaraki University, Japan, joined Japanese Agricultural Training program in 1976, started his graduate training at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979, and received his Ph.D. in 1984. He joined Dr. R.M. Roberts laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate in 1986, where he characterized cDNA and amino acid sequences of conceptus molecules, now known as interferon-tau (IFNT). He took a position of Assistant Professor at University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUMC) and later became Research Associate Professor at KUMC. He took a position of Associate Professor at Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo (U Tokyo) in 1997 and retired from U Tokyo as Professor in March 2018, mandatory retirement. He then joined as Professor at Tokai University, April 2018 where he continues his research on the elucidation of molecular and cellular mechanisms associated with conceptus implantation and placentation in ruminants. Recently, he added a research involving bovine leukemia virus (BLV), identification of marker molecules for BLV and/or EBL resistance.

* Note: The Keynote speaker for "Reproduction" has changed from Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos to Dr. Kazuhiko Imakawa.

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Surgery
Teat surgery in dairy cattle
Prof. Dr. Adrian Steiner

Clinic head, Farm Animal Clinic, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern
Switzerland

Biography
Career milestones, scientific interests and publications:
•1984: Graduation: Med.vet. Degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1988: Dr.med.vet. degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1993: Master of Science, Texas A&M University. Thesis: Myoelectric activity of the cecum and proximal loop of the ascending colon in cows.
•1994: Diplomate of the "European College of Veterinary Surgeons"
•1995: Habilitation thesis, University of Berne, Switzerland
•2000: FVH: Swiss national title: Specialist in bovine diseses (FVH Rinderkrankheiten)
•2000: Professor for large Animal Surgery, University of Berne
•2003: Full professor for diseases in ruminants and director of the Clinic for Ruminants, Vetsuisse-Faculty of Berne, Switzerland
•2005: Diplomate of the “European College of Bovine Health Management”
•2011-2014: Director of the Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Since 2015: Director of the Clinic for Farm Animals, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Special scientific interests: Lameness in cattle and sheep; surgery; welfare
•Publications in peer-reviewed journals from 2012-2016: 52
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Tropical animal diseases
FMD in the Tropics
Dr. Keith John Sumption

Executive Secretary, European Commission for the Control of Foot-and‐Mouth Disease(EuFMD), Animal Health Service, Animal Production and Health Division,
Food-and-Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Italy

Biography
Keith Sumption is Executive Secretary of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. He is a veterinarian with a PhD from Reading University (1992) and graduated from Cambridge University (1984) with degrees in Veterinary Medicine and Natural Sciences. In his current role he is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the programme of activities that have the overall aim of improving emergency preparedness in the 38 member states, of reducing the risk of FMD from the European neighbourhood, and supporting the Global effort against FMD through underpinning support to the OIE/FAO Global FMD Strategy. He is one of the originators of the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD, the first international risk management framework (2008) for an animal disease, which has become the principal tool in the Global FMD Strategy, and now applied in over 50 countries. The roll-out of international training to support the PCP application is a current focus of his team’s work, provided in multiple languages and to multiple regions of Africa, Mid-East, Europe and Asia. He has held this role since 2002, and before this was a research programme manager at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh where his research work was mainly in subsaharan Africa, where he also undertook his PhD thesis work on the molecular epidemiology of African swine fever. In his current role he supervises the work of around 15 staff and 40 consultants, and is assisted by a Standing Technical Committee of four internationally respected seniors from across Europe and Special Committee on Research of 15 persons. Among the mechanisms he has established is a Research Fund (EuFMD Fund for Applied Research) for supporting research and a biannual review of the global state of FMD research, supported by the EC to generate innovative solutions to priorities identified by the Committees.
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Udder health
Managing Clinical Mastitis To Minimize Antibiotic Usage
Prof. Pamela Ruegg

Professor & Chair, Dept. of Animal Science, Michigan State University
Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
USA

Biography
Pamela Ruegg is a Professor and extension milk quality specialist in the Dept. of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her undergraduate degree and D.V.M. from Michigan State University, spent a couple of years in mixed animal practice in Wisconsin and then returned to academia to complete a residency and Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UW, Madison, she had varied professional experiences including private veterinary practice, academic positions at both Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU and corporate technical service. Dr. Ruegg is active in a number of industry organizations and is a past-president of the National Mastitis Council. Her research and extension programs are focused on developing programs that help farmers maintain healthy cows, and improving milk quality and safety on dairy farms.
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Udder health
Control of clinical mastitis
Mr. Peter Edmondson

Owner, Udderwise LTD
UK

Biography
Peter is an Irish dairy veterinarian who spent 35 years in veterinary practice specialising in mastitis. In 2015, he formed UdderWise, a veterinary consultancy, specialising in providing technical expertise in mastitis and milk quality, tailor made training, troubleshooting mastitis and milk residue problems and supporting pharmaceutical companies. Peter works with dairy farmers, veterinarians, pharmaceutical, agricultural and dairy processing businesses around the world.
Qualified from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 1980. After five years in practice in Ireland, joined Almarai working with large dairy herds in Saudi Arabia and China. Then joined a specialist dairy practice in the south-west of England where he remained.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Diplomat of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM) and an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.
Peter is not an academic or a researcher but a veterinarian providing hands-on practical solutions to mastitis, milk quality and other dairy problems. He has excellent communication skills and is a very popular trainer known for his practical and down to earth approaches. Regularly presents papers and workshops at conferences throughout the world.
He has written two practical mastitis books; ‘How to Control Somatic Cell Counts’ and ‘How to Control Clinical Mastitis’ and is co-author of ‘Mastitis Control in Dairy Herds’. Frequent contributor to farming and veterinary press.
Peter is passionate about transferring practical skills and knowledge to dairy farmers in Africa to improve milk quality, yield and profitability and visits Africa two or three times each year. Peter lives in the South West of England with his family and can be contacted at peter@udderwise.co.uk
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Young stock
Intensive care of the newborn dairy calf – knowledge into practice
Perinatal calf care
Dr. John Frederick Mee

Principal Veterinary Research Scientist, Animal and Bioscience, TEAGASC
Ireland

Biography
Dr. Mee is the Principal Veterinary Research Scientist at the Irish National Dairy Research Centre.
Specialist status: John is a National & European board-accredited registered buiatrician.
Research and clinical interests: These include bovine & ovine perinatology & calf health, dairy cow welfare, biosecurity/infectious diseases & beef herd health. His research has been published in over 100 peer-review papers/book chapters.
Lecturing: Dr. Mee is a lecturer on 7 under/postgraduate courses in Ireland, the UK & in Hungary. He has delivered award-winning lectures/workshops by invite in some 25 countries internationally, including numerous veterinary world congresses.
Professional experience: He has 30 years’ experience in private & public veterinary practice & in theriogenology & animal health/welfare research. John collaborates on research projects in Australia, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Scotland & Switzerland.
Editorial boards: John is an Editorial Board member of 5 journals including Animal Reproduction Science, Reproduction in Domestic Animals & the Irish Veterinary Journal. He has been invited to referee for some 50 bioscience journals.

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Antimicrobial resistance
Origin of biofilm-related infections and therapeutic perspectives
Dr. Christophe Beloin

Group leader, Department of Microbiology, Institut Pasteur
France

Biography
Christophe Beloin received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Paris XI, France, and his postdoctoral work was performed at the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. From 2001 to 2013, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Unit of Genetics of Biofilms, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, and since 2013 he is an Associate Professor in the same department.
Dr. Beloin is a bacterial geneticist with expertise in the study of bacterial biofilms. His research interests notably involve the identification and characterization of new bacterial adhesins and the understanding of molecular mechanisms beyond the extreme recalcitrance of bacterial biofilms toward antibiotics.
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Antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in dairy cows
Prof. Dr. Theo J.G.M. Lam

Manager, R/D, GD Animal Health, Professor, Department of Farm Animal Health, Utrecht University
The Netherlands

Biography
Theo Lam is a veterinarian who graduated in 1990 from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where he started his career as a researcher/teacher in the ambulatory clinic of the vet school. In 1996 he received his PhD degree under supervision of Dr Ynte Schukken and prof. Arie Brand. From 1997 to 2006 he was one of twelve partners in private veterinary practice in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Then he moved to GD Animal Health in Deventer where he led the Dutch Udder Health Centre, a national program to further improve udder health in the Netherlands. In 2011 he was appointed as head of the R&D department at GD Animal Health. In 2011 Theo was also appointed as a part-time professor in Utrecht, focussing on bovine mastitis management and milk quality. He (co)authored over 125 articles published in scientific journals and was one of the authors of ‘Communication in Practice’ and of ‘Handbook on Udder health’, both meant to translate scientific knowledge to the field of veterinary practitioners.
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Bovine welfare and cattle comfort
Bovine behavior and welfare in production medicine
Dr. Ed. Pajor

Professor, Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare, Production Animal Health/ Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
Canada

Biography
Ed is recognized internationally for his research on the behavior and welfare of beef, swine, dairy, and rodeo animals, as well as expertise in animal welfare standards and legislation. Dr. Pajor has served on the scientific review committee for 3 different species on Canada’s Code of Practice process and served on the ACAF steering committee developing a national, multi-species animal care assessment process. Dr. Pajor has been an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science and has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Animal Science as well as Applied Animal Behavior Science and as a Regional Secretary to the International Society of Applied Ethology. Dr. Pajor has served on the animal welfare advisory committees of a number of organizations including McDonalds, Albertsons Companies Inc. the Calgary Stampede, the US National Pork Board, National Farm Animal Care Council, Certified Humane, and Alberta Farm Animal Care. He has consulted with organizations such as Calgary Co-op, Merck and Walmart. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honors Co-op B.Sc. Degree in biology. In addition he earned a MSc. and PhD. degree in biology from McGill University specializing in Animal Behavior. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Pajor was on faculty for 10 years at Purdue University in the Department of Animal Sciences where he also served as Director of the Animal Welfare Center. Ed currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and 2 Children.
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Buffaloes, camelids and wild ruminants
Management of Production and Health of Water Buffaloes
Dr. Mohammed Shamsuddin

Technical Officer, Nuclear Sciences and Applications/Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, International Atomic Energy Agency
Austria

Biography
Mohammed Shamsuddin graduated in veterinary medicine from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in 1985 and completed his PhD in 1993 from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.
He joined BAU in 1987 as a faculty member and served there for 25 years. He mentored 40 MS and 7 PhD students. His principal research interests have been the evaluation of male fertility using in vivo and in vitro models. He introduced artificial insemination (AI) in buffaloes and goats in Bangladesh.
He joined the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria in September 2012; since then he has lead research and development on genetic characterisation of animals for resistance to parasites, application of genomic tools in sire selection at AI in cattle and buffaloes and application of enzyme treatment and stable isotope technique in improving animal nutrition and productivity. He has conducted 25 expert missions in African, Asian and Latin American countries to assist on improving livestock productivity. He made 220 publications in journals and proceedings and has written 5 chapters in books.
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BVD
The great challenge of BVD eradication – can we do it together?
Prof. Joe Brownlie

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol Veterinary School
Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Royal Veterinary College
UK

Biography
Professor Joe Brownlie qualified from the Bristol (1966) entered veterinary practice and studied a PhD at IAH. He did a post-doctorate in the John Curtin Medical School, Australia on lymphoctye recirculation. In 1977, he started research in UK on the pathogenesis of veterinary viral infections. He added major understanding to infectious diseases, most notably BVDV, BIV, FMDV, bluetongue and canine infectious respiratory disease. He has discovered new viruses and developed international viral vaccines.
He has represented the profession at highest levels and worked with pharmaceutical industry and governments both nationally and internationally. He has held academic positions in various universities including the Royal Veterinary College as Professor of Veterinary Pathology. He was Chairman of the Governors of the Pirbright Institute. He has been awarded a number of prizes and visiting professorships in both the UK and Africa.
He is considered to be an expert in new and emerging veterinary diseases and is consulted widely about their pathogenesis and control. He has Chaired many veterinary conferences including the World Buiatric Congress.
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Diagnostic imaging
Orthopaedic ultrasonography in cattle
Mr. Karl Nuss

Section Head, Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich
Switzerland

Biography
1986-1991: Clinical Education at the Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1988: Thesis (Dr. med. vet.): “Resection of the distal interphalangeal joint in cattle”
1992: Resident in Large Animal Surgery, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
1992 - 2000: Clinician in Bovine Surgery, Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1996: Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons
2000: Habilitation thesis “Stage-oriented, sequential therapy of septic arthritis in cattle”.
2001-2007: Clinician in Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland.
2004: Diplomate, European College of Bovine Health Management
2007: Professor of Surgery and Orthopedics, Clinic for Ruminants, University of Munich, Germany.
2015: Professor ad personam and Section Head, Ruminant Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Main research interests: Bovine Surgery and Orthopedics, Bovine Diagnostic Imaging
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E-learning and continuing education
E-learning and continuing education
Dr. Peter D. Constable

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
USA

Biography
Dr. Constable obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1982. He has worked as an agricultural animal veterinarian in Australia and mixed animal practitioner in England. Dr. Constable completed an ambulatory internship and food animal medicine and surgery residency at The Ohio State University in the USA and obtained MS and PhD degrees from the same institution in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and received an Honorary Doctorate (Docteur Honoris Causa) from the Université de Liège in Belgium in 2011.
Dr. Constable has co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 book chapters. He is the editor, co-editor, or co-author of 4 books, including senior author on the 11th edition of Veterinary Medicine, a textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats. Dr. Constable's main clinical and research interests include acid-base physiology, fluid and electrolyte therapy, shock, calf diarrhea, internal medicine, bovine mastitis, surgical conditions of the bovine abdomen, food animal education, biostatistics, pharmacokinetics, and the cardiovascular response to endurance training. Dr. Constable is sought after as a speaker and has given scientific and continuing education presentations in more than 20 countries. Since 2014, Dr. Constable has served as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

* Note: The Keynote speaker for "E-learning and continuing education" has changed from Dr. Martin Fischer to Dr. Peter D. Constable.

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Epidemiology
Tools and Approaches for Problem Solving at the Herd, Regional, National and International levelTools and Approaches for Problem Solving at the Herd, Regional, National and International level
Prof. Mark Stevenson

Professor, Veterinary Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Australia

Biography
Mark Stevenson is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology and simulation modelling of infectious disease spread. He is currently Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology (One Health) at The University of Melbourne where he leads a group working on the epidemiology of a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic zoonotic diseases including Q fever, highly pathogenic avian influenza, trichinellosis and brucellosis.
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Herd health
Veterinary Herd Health & Productivity Management Advice on Dairy Farms
A Necessity
Prof. Dr. Jos.P.T.M.Noordhuizen

Professor in dairy herd health & productivity management, Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
France

Biography
Graduated January 1975 at the Veterinary Faculty, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Bovine obstetrics & gynaecology specialisation 1975-1978 at Utrecht. Large animal practice 1978—1981.
Cattle consultant at the Limburg Animal Health Service, Netherlands, 1981. Associated professor at Utrecht University, department of Herd Health & Ambulatory Clinic. PhD in dairy cattle herd health & production management programmes in Utrecht, 1984.
Full professor and head of department of Animal Husbandry, Animal Science Group, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands, 1988-1998.
Full professor and head of department of Ruminant Health Care, Utrecht University, 1998- 2005. Pre-retirement December 2005. In 2006: invited professor at the Veterinary Faculty, Ghent University, Belgium; in 2008 & 2009: invited professor at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes and Lyon (France). In 2010—2011: teacher for practitioners in France (SNGTV).
Co-founder of VACQA-International Consultancies.
Over 300 articles written; 5 books published (a.o. herd health; applied epidemiology; quality risk management); many international courses given; many congress presentations given.
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Hoof health and lameness
Zero lameness a reachable goal? Strategies to improve claw health and reducing lameness in a short and long term perspective
Prof. Christer Bergsten

Professor, Biosystems and technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sweden

Biography
Professor Christer Bergsten has for more than 30 years been engaged in research and education at the Swedish University of Agriculture and also working with specialized animal health service for the Swedish Dairy Association. He is well acknowledged internationally for his research on bovine lameness, claw and leg lesions and its´ association with breeding, nutrition, management, and housing system and for practical application of his work improving animal welfare and performance. Christer has developed a claw lesion recording system for herd health monitoring, which is now extensively used. A claw breeding value is calculated from these records and used in breeding programs to reduce lameness. The importance of optimal housing with special emphasize on comfort and hygiene of the walking areas has been demonstrated by several studies. Presently he is working at the Dept. of Biosystems and Technology, SLU Alnarp, Sweden leading the section of Animal Environment and Building function.
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Immunology and vaccines
Immunology of bovine respiratory syncytial virus (bRSV) in calves
Dr. Geraldine Taylor

Honorary Fellow, The Pirbright Institute
UK

Biography
Geraldine Taylor (BSc, PhD) is an Honorary Fellow at The Pirbright Institute and is a Jenner Investigator, Oxford University. Previously Head of the Vaccinology group, her research interests are the study of mechanisms of immunity to and pathogenesis of a number of economically important virus infections of livestock, with the ultimate aim of developing novel vaccines. The main focus of her research is bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), which is an important cause of pneumonia in young calves and which is closely related to human RSV, a major cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in young children.
These studies have included characterisation of the protective antigens of RSV, the role of antibodies and T cells in RSV infection, and the molecular determinants of virulence of BRSV in calves. Recent studies have exploited the calf model of BRSV infection for the development of an adenovirus-vectored for the development of human RSV vaccines.
Her other research interests include investigating the role of the immune response in immunity to and pathogenesis of African swine fever virus (ASFV) and Peste des peitis ruminants virus (PPRV).
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Infectious diseases: bacteriology
Control of epizootic mycobacterial diseases: paratuberculosis and tuberculosis
Dr. Richard J Whittington

Professor, Farm Animal Health, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
Australia

Biography
Professor Richard Whittington is Chair of Farm Animal Health in the School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia. Until 2002 he was Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Agriculture, following service as a diagnostic pathologist, and he has worked in private veterinary practice in NSW and the UK. He has a BVSc (1980), a PhD in microbiology and immunology, is a registered specialist in veterinary pathobiology and is a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology in mycobacteriology. Richard heads an ISO17025 accredited diagnostic laboratory and an OIE reference laboratory at the University of Sydney, and leads research programs on infectious diseases of farmed animals, particularly Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Dichelobacter nodosus, and viral diseases in aquaculture. He encourages direct engagement of farmers in on-farm research. He works with scientists in developing countries to provide appropriate research, development and training and is currently assisting the Government of Fiji with control of bovine tuberculosis.
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Infectious diseases: virology
Bovine leukemia virus: A major silent threat to proper immune responses in cattle
Dr. Paul M. Coussens

Professor and Director, Molecular Pathogenesis Laboratory, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University
USA

Biography
Dr. Coussens holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Northern Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maine at Orono, and a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Coussens’ early studies focused on analysis of retroviruses and oncogenes. In 1986, Dr. Coussens returned to Michigan as a post-doctoral researcher and in 1987, accepted a post as Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Coussens has raised over $5 million in internal, State and Federal funds to support research programs on Marek’s disease virus, Johne’s disease, and BLV. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Coussens assumed a leadership role as Director of the MSU Center for Animal Functional Genomics (CAFG). Currently Dr. Coussens’ research is focused on the immunology of mycobacterial diseases and immune dysfunction in bovine leukemia virus infected cattle. Dr. Coussens has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and symposia papers, presented over 200 abstracts and invited talks, and is a named inventor on 13 US patents.
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Internal medicine
Future perspectives for farm animal internal medicine
Subtitle: Towards a new balance between disciplines within veterinary medicine
Dr. Walter Grünberg

Research associate, Clinic for Cattle, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
Germany

Biography
Walter Grünberg is a senior researcher and clinician at the Clinic for Cattle, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover with specialty in bovine internal medicine. Walter graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria and obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. After several years in food animal practice, Walter returned to academia and held research- and clinical track positions at the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals of the Free University Berlin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University and Utrecht University. Beside of holding board certifications in animal reproduction (Dip. ECAR) and bovine health management (Dip. ECBHM) Walter has been granted the status of associate diplomate of the ACVIM. His research focus is on metabolic diseases, with an emphasis on mineral-, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances in cows and calves. Walter has authored or coauthored of over 60 scientific publications, numerous book chapters and is coeditor of the 11th edition of Veterinary Medicine, a textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats.
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Nutrition and metabolic diseases
Effects of Metabolic Disorders on Dairy Cow Health and Reproductive Performance
Prof. Garrett Oetzel

Professor, Food Animal Production Medicine Section, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
USA

Biography
Dr. Garrett R. (Gary) Oetzel, DVM, MS, is a professor in the Food Animal Production Section, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Oetzel grew up on a beef cow-calf farm in southwestern Ohio. He completed his undergraduate and veterinary medical training at The Ohio State University, receiving his BS in 1978 and DVM in 1981. From Ohio he went to the University of Illinois where he completed an internship, residency, and graduate program in 1985. Dr. Oetzel then spent three years as an assistant professor at Colorado State University and one year in private dairy practice in Reedsville, WI. He joined the Food Animal Production Medicine Section at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in September 1989. Dr. Oetzel's main research interests are in ketosis and hypocalcemia. His lecture courses include topics in veterinary clinical nutrition and food animal medicine. His clinical instruction involves herdlevel evaluation of health records, transition cow troubleshooting, applied dairy nutrition, and herd-based testing for metabolic diseases.
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Parasitology
Tick borne diseases of cattle: understanding pathogen transmission for the development of control strategies.
Dr. Massaro Ueti

Veterinary Medical officer, US Department of Agriculture, USDA-ARS
USA

Biography
PhD, Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, Washington, USA, March 2005
My research focuses on in understanding vector-pathogen interaction at the level of tick midgut and salivary glands. These organs are the major determinants for tick borne pathogen transmission. I established a vector borne program that uses biological approaches to analyze the vector competence including Rhipicephalus microplus and Deramcentor andersoni. These ticks are vectors of Babesia, Theileria parasites, and Anaplasma marginale. I have >15 years of experience in working on tick borne diseases of livestock.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Research Veterinary Medical Officer, US. Department of Agriculture-Animal Research Service-Animal Disease Research Unit, Pullman, WA. Identification of novel Babesia bovis molecules applicable to blocking transmission vaccine development. 2009- Present
Adjunct Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 2014- Present
Adjunct Professor, Washington State University, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, WA. 2010- Present
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Public health and food safety
Prediction Modeling for Large Data Sets and One Health
Prof. Dörte Döpfer

Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Food animal Production Section, University of Wisconsin in Madison
USA

Biography
A veterinarian, epidemiologist and microbiologist by training, Dörte Döpfer is an associate professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine Section of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
She works on large data sets about infectious disease dynamics, spatial modelling, food safety, and emergence of antimicrobial resistance factors. In addition, prediction models for rare events, machine learning for One Health and farm animal production medicine, and disease surveillance are part of her research projects.

* Note: The Keynote speaker for "Public health and food safety"has changed from Dr. Martin Blaser to Prof. Dörte Döpfer.

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Reproduction
Conceptus implantation to the maternal endometrium: cellular mechanisms associated with the adhesion of two cell types.
Dr. Kazuhiko Imakawa

Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Reproduction, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Tokai University (Kumamoto)
Japan

Biography
Dr. Kazuhiko (Kaz) Imakawa, Ph.D., is Professor in the laboratory of Molecular Reproduction, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Tokai University. Prof. Imakawa graduated from Ibaraki University, Japan, joined Japanese Agricultural Training program in 1976, started his graduate training at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979, and received his Ph.D. in 1984. He joined Dr. R.M. Roberts laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate in 1986, where he characterized cDNA and amino acid sequences of conceptus molecules, now known as interferon-tau (IFNT). He took a position of Assistant Professor at University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUMC) and later became Research Associate Professor at KUMC. He took a position of Associate Professor at Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo (U Tokyo) in 1997 and retired from U Tokyo as Professor in March 2018, mandatory retirement. He then joined as Professor at Tokai University, April 2018 where he continues his research on the elucidation of molecular and cellular mechanisms associated with conceptus implantation and placentation in ruminants. Recently, he added a research involving bovine leukemia virus (BLV), identification of marker molecules for BLV and/or EBL resistance.

* Note: The Keynote speaker for "Reproduction" has changed from Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos to Dr. Kazuhiko Imakawa.

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Surgery
Teat surgery in dairy cattle
Prof. Dr. Adrian Steiner

Clinic head, Farm Animal Clinic, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern
Switzerland

Biography
Career milestones, scientific interests and publications:
•1984: Graduation: Med.vet. Degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1988: Dr.med.vet. degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1993: Master of Science, Texas A&M University. Thesis: Myoelectric activity of the cecum and proximal loop of the ascending colon in cows.
•1994: Diplomate of the "European College of Veterinary Surgeons"
•1995: Habilitation thesis, University of Berne, Switzerland
•2000: FVH: Swiss national title: Specialist in bovine diseses (FVH Rinderkrankheiten)
•2000: Professor for large Animal Surgery, University of Berne
•2003: Full professor for diseases in ruminants and director of the Clinic for Ruminants, Vetsuisse-Faculty of Berne, Switzerland
•2005: Diplomate of the “European College of Bovine Health Management”
•2011-2014: Director of the Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Since 2015: Director of the Clinic for Farm Animals, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Special scientific interests: Lameness in cattle and sheep; surgery; welfare
•Publications in peer-reviewed journals from 2012-2016: 52
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Tropical animal diseases
FMD in the Tropics
Dr. Keith John Sumption

Executive Secretary, European Commission for the Control of Foot-and‐Mouth Disease(EuFMD), Animal Health Service, Animal Production and Health Division, Food-and-Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Italy

Biography
Keith Sumption is Executive Secretary of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. He is a veterinarian with a PhD from Reading University (1992) and graduated from Cambridge University (1984) with degrees in Veterinary Medicine and Natural Sciences. In his current role he is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the programme of activities that have the overall aim of improving emergency preparedness in the 38 member states, of reducing the risk of FMD from the European neighbourhood, and supporting the Global effort against FMD through underpinning support to the OIE/FAO Global FMD Strategy. He is one of the originators of the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD, the first international risk management framework (2008) for an animal disease, which has become the principal tool in the Global FMD Strategy, and now applied in over 50 countries. The roll-out of international training to support the PCP application is a current focus of his team’s work, provided in multiple languages and to multiple regions of Africa, Mid-East, Europe and Asia. He has held this role since 2002, and before this was a research programme manager at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh where his research work was mainly in subsaharan Africa, where he also undertook his PhD thesis work on the molecular epidemiology of African swine fever. In his current role he supervises the work of around 15 staff and 40 consultants, and is assisted by a Standing Technical Committee of four internationally respected seniors from across Europe and Special Committee on Research of 15 persons. Among the mechanisms he has established is a Research Fund (EuFMD Fund for Applied Research) for supporting research and a biannual review of the global state of FMD research, supported by the EC to generate innovative solutions to priorities identified by the Committees.
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Udder health
Managing Clinical Mastitis To Minimize Antibiotic Usage
Prof. Pamela Ruegg

Professor & Chair, Dept. of Animal Science, Michigan State University
Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
USA

Biography
Pamela Ruegg is a Professor and extension milk quality specialist in the Dept. of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her undergraduate degree and D.V.M. from Michigan State University, spent a couple of years in mixed animal practice in Wisconsin and then returned to academia to complete a residency and Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UW, Madison, she had varied professional experiences including private veterinary practice, academic positions at both Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU and corporate technical service. Dr. Ruegg is active in a number of industry organizations and is a past-president of the National Mastitis Council. Her research and extension programs are focused on developing programs that help farmers maintain healthy cows, and improving milk quality and safety on dairy farms.
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Udder health
Control of clinical mastitis
Mr. Peter Edmondson

Owner, Udderwise LTD
UK

Biography
Peter is an Irish dairy veterinarian who spent 35 years in veterinary practice specialising in mastitis. In 2015, he formed UdderWise, a veterinary consultancy, specialising in providing technical expertise in mastitis and milk quality, tailor made training, troubleshooting mastitis and milk residue problems and supporting pharmaceutical companies. Peter works with dairy farmers, veterinarians, pharmaceutical, agricultural and dairy processing businesses around the world.
Qualified from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 1980. After five years in practice in Ireland, joined Almarai working with large dairy herds in Saudi Arabia and China. Then joined a specialist dairy practice in the south-west of England where he remained.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Diplomat of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM) and an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.
Peter is not an academic or a researcher but a veterinarian providing hands-on practical solutions to mastitis, milk quality and other dairy problems. He has excellent communication skills and is a very popular trainer known for his practical and down to earth approaches. Regularly presents papers and workshops at conferences throughout the world.
He has written two practical mastitis books; ‘How to Control Somatic Cell Counts’ and ‘How to Control Clinical Mastitis’ and is co-author of ‘Mastitis Control in Dairy Herds’. Frequent contributor to farming and veterinary press.
Peter is passionate about transferring practical skills and knowledge to dairy farmers in Africa to improve milk quality, yield and profitability and visits Africa two or three times each year. Peter lives in the South West of England with his family and can be contacted at peter@udderwise.co.uk
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Young stock
Intensive care of the newborn dairy calf – knowledge into practice
Perinatal calf care
Dr. John Frederick Mee

Principal Veterinary Research Scientist, Animal and Bioscience, TEAGASC
Ireland

Biography
Dr. Mee is the Principal Veterinary Research Scientist at the Irish National Dairy Research Centre.
Specialist status: John is a National & European board-accredited registered buiatrician.
Research and clinical interests: These include bovine & ovine perinatology & calf health, dairy cow welfare, biosecurity/infectious diseases & beef herd health. His research has been published in over 100 peer-review papers/book chapters.
Lecturing: Dr. Mee is a lecturer on 7 under/postgraduate courses in Ireland, the UK & in Hungary. He has delivered award-winning lectures/workshops by invite in some 25 countries internationally, including numerous veterinary world congresses.
Professional experience: He has 30 years’ experience in private & public veterinary practice & in theriogenology & animal health/welfare research. John collaborates on research projects in Australia, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Scotland & Switzerland.
Editorial boards: John is an Editorial Board member of 5 journals including Animal Reproduction Science, Reproduction in Domestic Animals & the Irish Veterinary Journal. He has been invited to referee for some 50 bioscience journals.