Representation and Education

Quarter PRO: A New Initiative for Udder Health in the UK

This webinar will cover the importance of mastitis control in light of antibiotic task force targets for the dairy sector and the impact of mastitis treatments on antibiotic usage. How to reduce antibiotic use in dairy herds through improvements in mastitis control and working with herds to put in place mastitis control plans will be discussed. A new AHDB initiative, Quarter PRO will be covered in detail outlining use of a new tool to Predict patterns, resources to React to the problem and Optimise ongoing control.

This is a FREE webinar for BCVA members and will be broadcast on THURSDAY 13th December from 8-9pm and will be presented by James Breen.

James Breen qualified from the University of Bristol in 1998 and after a few years in mixed practice, returned to Bristol to undertake a residency in Farm Animal Medicine. He later joined Dr Andrew Bradley and Prof Martin Green on a national dairy cow mastitis research project and was involved in the development of the AHDB Mastitis Control Plan. He subsequently completed a three-year RCVS Trust residency in Production Animal Medicine. He currently works as a Lecturer at the Nottingham Veterinary School, a farm animal vet in practice and a clinical associate at QMMS laboratory in Somerset. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production (2003) and the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production (2008) and was awarded a PhD for studies into cow risk factors for clinical mastitis and increased somatic cell count. He is an RCVS-recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.

Following the webinar, you will able to:

  • Signpost and use two new decision support tools freely available to UK dairy practitioners; Antibiotic Use Calculator Tool and Mastitis Pattern Analysis Tool
  • Understand the categorization of herd mastitis patterns into broad categories (contagious, environmental dry period and environmental lactating period) and the importance of other patterns in the data, particularly seasonality and infections in heifers.
  • Use elements of the AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan that are available as downloadable resources e.g. for environmental dry period patterns

Register for this Webinar now at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. You will need to set up a FREE Webinar Vet account to access the webinar.

System Requirements:

PC-Based attendees - Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees - Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees - iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

We look forward to 'seeing' you there! The Webinar counts as 1 hour of CPD and a CPD certificate will be available to download after attending the webinar.


Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. After clicking on the link within this invitation, you will be invited to register for the webinar and will be given a unique log-in to access the live webinar at the time. You should enter your BCVA membership number where indicated. By enrolling for the free webinar you are giving permission for BCVA office staff to later verify your membership status. Some individuals may be contacted directly by BCVA office in order to do so. The webinar is also available to purchase by non-members for £40.


13th Dec 2018 - 13th Dec 2018
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