The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Tuesday, May 15 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Cattle Medicine - The clinical exam

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A complete clinical examination of a sick cow includes describing/identifying the animal, obtaining a history, examining its environment, observation of the animal from a distance, undertaking a general physical examination of all body regions and systems and, if necessary, the selective use of laboratory examinations and special diagnostic tests. Physical and observational examination are the key processes in examination of cattle – noting that the cost of laboratory diagnoses is such that they should be used on a confirmatory, rather than exploratory, basis. Cattle must be restrained (occasionally sedated) for clinical examination. Cattle are mostly used to being handled from the tail end, so the examination usually starts there. Three of the cardinal signs (T, P, R), and abdominal contour, urine and the udder are assessed from the rear, then the fourth cardinal sign (rumen rate) is assessed as the examination proceeds up the LHS of the animal. Abdomen and thorax are usually examined before the head, since examination of the head usually causes the animal some distress. The examination usually concludes with palpation of the abdominal viscera per rectum. In the management of herd problems, euthanasia and necropsy of moribund individuals is often of great value in making a diagnosis.

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Tim Parkinson

Tim Parkinson is Professor of Farm Animal Reproduction & Health at Massey University, New Zealand. He graduated from Bristol University and initially worked in cattle practice and cattle AI in the UK. After his PhD in reproductive physiology at Nottingham University, he lectured in... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Plaza P1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre