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118.776 Lameness Investigation and Control for Cattle Veterinarians (15 credit)

Lecturer: Richard Laven BVetMed PhD Lond FRCVS

This course will provide in-depth study dedicated to cattle lameness, investigation control treatment and prevention strategies.

What will you learn?

On this course you will advance your knowledge and skills related to:

  • giving structured advice to clients  incorporating the welfare, productivity and disease status of the individual animal or herd
  • the evaluation of relevant, practical and scientific literature to inform decision making during the investigation of lameness within a herd
  • the use  and interpretation of the instruments available to evaluate a herd
  • construction of management plans addressing identification, recording of new lameness cases, treatment, control and prevention of lameness.

How the course works

Cattle lameness is one of the MVM courses for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research, reviews and case material to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the cattle lameness course include: Team teaching to deliver both an informed approach to herd level lameness investigation and  clinical care of the individual lame cow, hands-on sessions at the contact course.

Your lecturer

Richard qualified from RVC London and spent a year as farm animal intern before going into mixed mainly large animal practice in rural UK. Returning to London as Resident in Farm Animal Medicine and Pathology, he completed a PhD before joining ADAS Bridgets as a senior researcher, where he undertook research into all aspects of dairy cattle lameness, particularly the treatment and control of digital dermatitis, and the aetiology and pathogenesis of claw horn disease. He then worked for the Scottish Agricultural College as a disease surveillance centre manager and a veterinary consultant before moving to New Zealand to join Massey University, where he is now Professor in Production Animal Health and Welfare. Richard’s research interests include all aspects of cattle health and welfare. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 32 of these are on lameness.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • Self-assessed activities
  • Electronic library access
  • 3-day contact/virtual workshop*

Learning community

  • MVM Commons community site
  • Online case discussion facilitated
  • Social forum


  • Online test
  • Case report
  • Portfolio of coursework (two submissions) 
  • Final assessment (online and offline components)

Course Requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbook: Greenough, P R (2007). Bovine laminitis and lameness: a hands-on approach.
    Published: Saunders Elsevier, Edinburgh; New York: 2007
    ISBN: 9780702027802, 0702027804
Note: This textbook is now only available in e-book format

Richard Laven

Contact/virtual WORKSHOP information

* Due to COVID-19, contact workshops may have to be virtual. Please check your Stream site once enrolled for the current information or contact for the current information before you enrol.  

The workshop is an opportunity for real-time interaction 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 workshop experience, we recommend that you attend in real-time. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course.

Course Information, Dates, and timings

You will find more detailed information on the 118.776 Course Page. Enrolments open October 1st in the year prior to study.

For more information on delivery and course content please contact the MVM team.