Module 5: Epidemiology with a Reproductive Focus

July 14-15, 2022

A practitioner-focused module on understanding the causes of reproductive failure in beef herds and how to manage these cases

Working up cases of infertility and pregnancy wastage in beef herds can be very frustrating. This module will help practitioners better understand the causes of reproductive failure in beef herds and gain additional knowledge on how to work up these cases. Topics will include the causes and timing of reproductive losses, proper sample collection, and submission to the diagnostic lab. The use of herd serological profiling will also be discussed as a means of identifying the pathogens responsible for chronic or endemic losses in the herd. Examples of epidemiological principles, such as sample size and the number of animals needed to be tested, will also be explained. Faculty for this module will include diagnostic pathologists, epidemiologists and clinicians.


Dr. Terry Engelken

Terry Engelken

Dr. Terry Engelken grew up in a row crop and beef cattle operation in northeastern Kansas. He graduated with his DVM in 1987 from Kansas State University, where he also completed a residency and master's in Beef Cattle Production Medicine. In 2007, he joined the faculty at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine where his appointment still includes field service clinical rotations, research and classroom teaching. 



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