Fetal Protection: Are all inactivated BVD vaccines the same?


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Cow herd health is the foundation of productivity and it starts with fetal protection. While a modified live vaccine program affords the best fetal protection, not always can beef producers maintain a modified live vaccine program. Killed, or inactivated, BVD vaccines are a viable option to protect the herd from reproductive diseases, but do you understand the differences between the vaccines?

Join Dr. Paul Walz of Auburn University and Dr. Daniel Scruggs from Zoetis at 1 p.m. Central on March 14, as they share data from a recent study that compared three commercially available inactivated BVD vaccines. See how heifers and second-calf cows, vaccinated with one of the three vaccines, responded when challenged with BVD during pregnancy.



Daniel W. Scruggs, DVM, Diplomate, ACVP
Managing Veterinarian, Zoetis Beef Technical Services

Dr. Scruggs is originally from an area located between Huntsville, Alabama, and Fayetteville, Tennessee.  Dr. Scruggs graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Dairy Science in 1980 and graduated from veterinary school from Auburn University in 1984.  Dr. Scruggs practiced in a feedlot consulting practice in Amarillo, Texas, and subsequently pursued a residency in veterinary pathology at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Scruggs worked at the Tennessee Veterinary Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and spent 13 years on faculty at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine focusing on beef and swine production medicine and diagnostic pathology. Dr. Scruggs is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, and a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, and a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.  Dr. Scruggs’ professional and research interests focus on infectious disease pathology and disease control in food animal production. Dr. Scruggs joined the Pfizer Animal Health technical services team in 2003 and continued with the team when the company became Zoetis. Dr. Scruggs focuses on beef cow/calf and stocker operations predominantly in the Southeastern United States.



Paul H. Walz, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomate, ACVIM
Professor and Coordinator, Animal Health Research Department of Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University
Dr. Walz received his DVM from Michigan State University in 1992. Following two years in a mixed animal practice in Corunna, Michigan, he returned to Michigan State University for a residency in Food Animal Medicine, Surgery, & Production Medicine. Dr. Walz completed his residency, received his MS degree in 1997, and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Large Animal Medicine. Dr. Walz continued his graduate studies at Michigan State University and received the PhD degree in 2000. After postgraduate training, Dr. Walz joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2000 as an assistant professor in the Section of Agricultural Practices. Dr. Walz joined the faculty at Auburn University in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Section of Food Animal Medicine in the Departments of Clinical Sciences and Pathobiology, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and then to Professor in 2014. Dr. Walz currently serves as the Coordinator of Animal Health Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University.

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