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Mastitis is one of the mostly costly production diseases affecting dairy cows. This course will help you increase your knowledge of the aetiology, epidemiology, management and prevention of bovine mastitis. It will focus on a preventative approach including: husbandry, housing and the environment, milking technique and hardware, as well as the investigation of herd problems.
Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content, assessment and cost are subject to change between offerings.
On this course you will learn:
This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by a recognised international expert in his field.
Andrew will use his own reference text book and a mixture of recent literature, multimedia presentations, videos and discussions to refresh and refine your knowledge. Improve your knowledge and communication skills by participating in case-based discussions that tackle real life mastitis problems. Learn to obtain a holistic overview and then target advice and changes to deliver the best return to the farmer in terms of animal health, management effort and financial input.
Married to Vikki, Andrew Biggs has three grown-up children, two sons who are mechanical engineers and one daughter who is a teacher. His hobbies are music, playing squash, go karting and sailing.
He qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School UK in 1981 and is now a partner in a 20 vet mixed practice in Devon, UK. He runs a commercial laboratory which processes milk and bedding samples and is also involved in trial work and pharmaceutical company funded practice mastitis support schemes.
Andrew has experience of teaching, examining and mastitis consultancy ranging from under- to postgraduate veterinarians and farmer to pharmaceutical company. He also provides consultancy on bovine tuberculosis for both the English and Welsh governments. A founder member of the European Mastitis Panel, he has been president of his local veterinary association and the British Cattle Veterinary Association. He is currently an honorary fellow lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College London and a member of the Nottingham Veterinary School Dairy Herd Health Group.
In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period
Learning materials and facilities
The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice.
For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).
|Enrolments open||October 2019|
|Course start||February 2020|
|Contact Workshop||Check dates here|
|Exam period||October – November 2020|
|Course end||November 2020|
*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office.
For more information on delivery and cost please visit the Massey University course site (detailed offering information for 2020 courses will be available from October 2019).
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Last updated on Tuesday 08 October 2019