2021 Vet Update Meeting

In January 2021, two “virtual” meetings were held featuring updates from the Ontario Veterinary College, OMAFRA, Lactanet, CFIA, and DFO.  Below are links of some of the presentations.

OVC and OMAFRA presentations not available.
Lactanet Update
CFIA Update
DFO Update

Cancellation of OABP Spring CE Meeting

March 16, 2020 – The Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners (OABP) Executive and Conference Committee followed the developments of COVID19 throughout the last week.  After much thought we have decided to cancel the upcoming continuing education meeting that was to be held on April 15 and 16th, 2020.
With the health and safety of our members and industry partners in mind, and as public health professionals, the Executive felt that our association should take a leadership role and do our part to reduce the transmission of this virus.
The continuing education committee will reconvene in the near future to decide the next best steps to provide pertinent educational opportunities to our members.
For now, we all must be the public health professionals veterinarians are trained to be and lead by example in the field and in our communities.

Robyn Elgie, DVM
OABP Conference Chair

Transport Regulations

Click on this link to view the current version of OABP’s Synopsis of the new Transport Regulations.

2019 Vet Update Meetings

During the second week of December, representatives from OMAFRA, OVC, Lactanet, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, and OABP travelled to four locations across Ontario to provide updates to local veterinarians.  Below are links to the presentations made at these meetings.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario Update 2019 – Dr. Kelly Barratt, DFO   (PDF 20MB)
Decision for Cull Cows and Male Calves in 2020 – Dr. Cynthia Miltenburg, OMAFRA   (PDF 1MB)
OVC Research Update – Drs. Todd Duffield, David Kelton, Stephen LeBlanc, David Renaud, Charlotte Winder
Lactanet Update Richard Cantin

OABP Veterinary Service Award 2019

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Dr. Wayne Shewfelt received the OABP Veterinary Service Award.   Dr. Shewfelt (left) is pictured receiving the award from Dr. Scott Westlake.   Congratulations!


OABP Award of Excellence 2019

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Dr. Ewen Ferguson was presented with the OABP Award of Excellence.   Dr. Ferguson (right) is seen here receiving his Award from Dr. Henry Ceelen.  Congratulations!


Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019

Click on this link to view Bill 136. The Bill is now open for comments.
Click on this link to view a document, prepared by Dr. Sherri Christie, assembling the highlights of  Bill 136 that are most relevant to Veterinarians.

Developing a Down Cattle Protocol – 2019

Considerations for Developing a Down Cattle Protocol   ( PDF File )  ( MS Word File )

Down Cattle – Quick Guide   ( PDF File )   ( MS Word File )

OABP Student Award 2019

Presented annually to a student in the Ontario Veterinary College’s  graduating class who demonstrates proficiency in the area of bovine herd health management, this year’s recipient is Dr. Christina Lyn, seen here receiving her award from Dr. Ray Reynen, OABP President.



Dr. Henry Ceelen, Kemptville, Ontario, was named the recipient of the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Practitioner of the Year Award at the Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) in Phoenix, AZ on September 15, 2018. This award is presented annually by the AABP to a veterinarian in general practice in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession, the cattle industry, and bovine practice.  Click here to read the official press release.


Dr. Todd Duffield of Guelph, Ontario, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award for his profound and lasting impact on the well-being of the bovine species. His contributions include an extraordinary commitment to scientific research, teaching, extension education and the mentorship of veterinary students and new scientists. Click here to read the official press release.



OABP Student Award 2018

The OABP Student Award is presented annually to a student in the graduating class of the Ontario Veterinary College, University  of Guelph, who has demonstrated proficiency in the area of bovine herd health management and an interest in bovine practice. This year’s recipient, Dr. Janna Pietersma, is receiving the award from Dr. Ray Reynen, OABP President.



Veterinary Practitioner Updates 2017

Here are the presentations, handouts, and other resources presented at the recent update meetings. 

Down Cow Corrective Action Plan – Dr. Kelly Barratt
Prevalidation Checklist – Dr. Kelly Barratt
MUN – Dr. Ewen Ferguson
Reg. 761, under the “Milk Act”
Update and Musings on Selective Dry Cow Therapy – Dr. David Kelton
Calf Project Results and S Dublin Update – Dr. Ann Godkin

Student Case Competition

The Student Case Competition (SCC) is held annually at OABP’s Fall Continuing Education Meeting. The contest, open to third year veterinary students, includes entering a written case report to a panel of judges who then choose three “finalists” to make a 10-minute presentation about the case in front of their peers at the OABP meeting.  These presentations are ranked by the audience, with monetary prizes being given in order of first, second, and third. Below are some examples of past written submissions:

Acute Coliform Mastitis – A Topp
Astrovirus Encephalitis – R Rumney
Catarrhal Fever – L Ricer
Increased Protein Feeding – R Cornell
Ketosis – M Davies

OABP Student Award 2017

The OABP Student Award is presented annually to a student in the graduating class of the Ontario Veterinary College, University  of Guelph, who has demonstrated proficiency in the area of bovine herd health management and an interest in bovine practice. This year’s recipient, Dr. Ben Potvin, is receiving the award from Dr. Dan Shock, OABP Treasurer.



Congratulations to Dr. Neil Anderson who was presented with the OVC Distinguished Alumnus Award at this year’s OVC Alumni Association Annual meeting on June 10, 2017. The award recognizes OVC graduates who have brought honour to their Alma matter and fellow alumni through their contributions to alumni affairs, education, community, their profession, country and the sciences. Dr. Anderson has served the veterinary community in many ways, both as a practicing veterinarian at Cheltenham Veterinary Services (1972-1983) and as the Lead Veterinarian, Disease Prevention (Ruminant) with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (1983 – 2014). Neil served as President of the OABP in 1987 and was the first recipient of the OABP Award of Excellence in 2002. Although Neil’s contributions to the Ontario dairy and beef industry are immeasurable, one area of passion for Neil has been his commitment to improving calf health and welfare. The dairy industry has been forever changed by his influence to improve the nutrition of growing calves. Congratulations Neil on this well-deserved honour!

Ontario Veterinary Update Meetings 2016

The following links provide handouts from presentations at the “Veterinary Update Meetings” held in December 2016:

CWDHI Vet Update – Dr. E. Ferguson
DFO Web/Password Info Sheet
DFO Changes to Reg. 761 (Quality Penalty System) Fact Sheet 2016 12 13
ProAction Update – Dr. K. Barratt
Opportunities for Vets – Dr. D. Kelton
Opportunities for 2017 – Key Contacts
Evaluation Form for Cows
Network Calf Post-Mortems – Dr. A Godkin
Cull Dairy Cows – Cow Evaluation Project Info – Dr. T. Duffield

Veterinarian Makes “Top 40” List!

September 2014 – Dr. Kelly Barratt, OABP President, has been named to the ‘Top 40 Under 40’ contributors to animal agriculture by Vance Publishing, one of only two Canadians on the list.  Click here for more details and the list of honorees.

OABP Contributes 10K to DFO/U of G Dairy Barn

February 2014 – A small group of the OABP Executive met with Wes Lane, a retired DFO representative and Special Advisor to a new research and education centre being built outside of Elora.  The Dairy Research and Innovation Centre will be built at the current site of the Elora Research Station, one of the Agricultural Research Institute of  Ontario (ARIO) facilities operated by University of Guelph in partnership agreement with OMAF. Wes is tasked with finding potential industry partners (DFO is the leading partner) to donate towards construction of the new facility.  Wes presented the goals of the new facility which include a desire to modernize the facility from the one currently being used and enable it to be a site where applied research can be conducted.  Considerable thought has been put into the design of the facility as to make it flexible so that dairy research including health, reproduction, nutrition, life cycle, emissions, animal well-being, and value added milk components can be conducted.  It is also designed to be easily altered to suit the needs of future research opportunities. The two current dairy research facilities will be merged into this new and improved centre.

As the leading partner, DFO has committed $1,000,000 towards the construction cost of this facility. Another $4,000,000 will be required to meet the $25,000,000 budget, with $20,000,000 coming from the province.   With DFO being a producer funded organization, in effect, dairy farmers are true partners in this project.

The OABP Executive made a motion for OABP to make a $10,000 donation towards the development of this facility. The Executive feels this is a one-time opportunity for Ontario  bovine veterinarians to donate towards a facility that will primarily benefit the Ontario dairy industry.  Making this donation demonstrates our support and allows us to give back to an industry that all OABP members have benefited from.

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Health Standards for 4-H Shows

July 2011 – It is with great pleasure that the OABP announces that we now have available an excellent PowerPoint presentation (see links below) outlining the “Health Standards for 4-H Shows”.  It is consistent with the OABP articles on this topic in the June 2011 OABP Newsletter, on the OABP website, and in the April-May issues of Ontario Dairy Farmer and Ontario Beef Farmer.

The presentation was prepared by Kristin Ferguson, Dr. Ann Godkin’s OMAFRA summer student. This presentation is intended to serve several purposes:  to familiarize bovine veterinarians with the health standards developed in consultation with 4-H Ontario and OMAFRA; and, to be used in presentations by bovine veterinarians or  4-H Ontario personnel to 4-H Calf Clubs or Cattle Show Committees to educate the cattle exhibitors on these standards.

We encourage all bovine veterinarians to contact local 4-H Calf Clubs for an invitation to discuss the issue of show cattle health standards.  The ultimate goal is to standardize health standards and to have them enforced consistently for all cattle shows across Ontario. The OABP would appreciate your participation and cooperation in this endeavour.

4-H Presentation (PDF)

Policy for the Health of 4-H Calves Shown or Exhibited – June 2012