Keynote Speakers


Dr Richard Laven

Dr Laven qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in London in 1989.

He spent four years working in mixed mostly farm animal practice before returning to RVC to do farm animal pathology residency and PhD on retained fetal membranes.

Dr Laven moved on to work at ADAS Bridgets Dairy Research Farm as research vet for four years before moving to Scottish Agricultural College (now SRUC) to manage veterinary surveillance laboratory. He left the UK in 2005 to move to New Zealand and Massey Farm Services and is currently Professor of Animal Health and Welfare, at Massey University.

His key interests are anything to do with cows, goats and diagnostics.

Dr Laven will deliver presentations on:

Mycoplasma bovis in New Zealand – a personal view

Digital dermatitis – a disease waiting to happen?

Disbudding – new regulations, new techniques, new products

Selenium and copper: Diagnosing deficiency

The veterinarian as expert witness

Diagnosing failure of transfer of passive immunity: tests and numbers

Broken tails on New Zealand dairy farms

Lameness in cattle – why treatment doesn’t work

Dry cow therapy: what are the benefits of using long acting antibiotics?

Welfare assessment in extensive beef systems – New Zealand and Namibia

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