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Key-note at World Buiatrics Conference
At the World Buiatrics Conference (WBC) in Dublin last July, GD R&D manager prof. Theo Lam gave a key-note presentation on the Dutch approach of decreasing antibiotic usage in dairy cows. He not only talked about technical aspects of antibiotic usage, he also paid much attention to the mindset of farmers and practitioners.

Since 2008 national attention is given in the Netherlands to decrease antibiotic usage in the animal husbandry. GD was heavily involved in this process in several species, including cattle. Apart from several organisational aspects in different species, a number of research projects was executed, of which studies on the dynamics of MRSA and ESBL on dairy farms, the introduction of selective dry cow therapy, and studies on point of care mastitis diagnostics are a few examples. Results of the latter two were also presented in Dublin, by GD experts Christian Scherpenzeel and Annet Velthuis.

In Dublin, prof. Theo Lam also received a honorable award for having been Board member of the World Buiatrics Association for 16 years. Photo: Chairman prof. Emile Bouchard handing out the award to prof. Lam.
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