HIPRA IRELAND presented a roadshow with a demonstration of diagnostic techniques to aid in the diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia especially for the detection of the most pathogenic bovine respiratory disease bacteria: Mannheimia haemolytica and Histophilus somni.
For this occasion, HIPRA organized a couple of practical workshop demonstrations with the participation of Dr. Colin Lindsay (BVMS, MRCVS, Capontree Vets), that introduced the best way to conduct post mortem examination, which samples to take and where to take the best samples from.This included a comparison of the relative merits diagnostically of submitting samples for bacterial culture compared to more advanced techniques such as PCR. Broncho-Alveolar Lavage (BAL) techniques were also demonstrated.
Dr. Lindsay then presented the benefits of HIPRABOVIS® SOMNI/Lkt: a unique vaccine that offers double bacterial pneumonia protection by combining Histophilus somni and Mannheimia haemolytica (Lkt) and has demonstrated a reduction of 50% on the pneumonia clinical signs, 50% less lung damage and 5 times less antibiotic treatments. He also shared his experience with using the vaccine in his practice.
The events were very well attended by local vets who were delighted to receive such a high level demonstration of post mortem and diagnostic techniques and participated with great enthusiasm.
The breadth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that Dr. Lindsay brought to the workshops was obvious to all which lead to a very interesting and interactive day.