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. Vickie Cooper

Vickie Cooper

Dr. Vickie Copper joined Zoetis animal health as a beef technical service veterinarian in November of 2019. Dr. Cooper was previously with the ISU VDPAM as a diagnostic pathologist since January of 2003, after spending 12 years in diagnostic laboratories in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. Professional focus has been primarily in diagnostics of production animal disease with an emphasis on cattle and BVDV diagnostics. Dr. Cooper is a member of AVC, and AABP, and is currently on the AABP Board of Directors representing District 6. She lives near Ames, Iowa.

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. 

Dr. Larry Holler

Larry Holler

Dr. Larry Holler has been a Pathologist and Reproductive Disease Specialist at South Dakota State University, Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory for over 28 years. He is the coordinator for all cases of reproductive failure/abortion submitted to the laboratory from all over the country.

Dr. David Smith

David Smith

Dr. David R. Smith is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Mikell and Mary Cheek Hall Davis Endowed Professor and Beef Program Leader at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a board-certified veterinary epidemiologist with special interest in discovery and outreach regarding pre-harvest food safety in cattle, antimicrobial stewardship, and methods to manage cattle populations to reduce the incidence of important conditions, including Johne's disease, BVDV, respiratory disease, neonatal calf diarrhea, and reproductive loss.



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