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Another century of small ruminant health management

10-Apr-19 to 11-Apr-19

In 2019, GD Animal Health (GD), celebrates its 100th anniversary. During this special year, GD has planned several (scientific) activities. Together with the European Veterinary Conference Voorjaarsdagen (, we as small ruminant group of GD have planned a conference with the theme “Another century of small ruminant health challenges” which will be held on Thursday April 11th 2019 in Den Haag (The Hague, Netherlands).

Recently, a few SVS members recommended us that this outstanding occasion would be a place for colleague members of the SVS to meet Dutch veterinarians. We are very happy to announce that Neil Sargison, Snorre Stuen, Inge Santman-Berends, Daan Dercksen, René van den Brom, Piet Vellema and Christianne Bruschke (Chief Veterinary Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands) will participate and present a paper on nematodes and liver fluke, ticks and the dairy goat industry. Other topics to be discussed are: severe outbreaks of diseases like foot- and mouth disease, bluetongue, Schmallenberg, zoonotic challenges like Q fever, the role of (big) data in the sheep and goat industry in relation to health issues, and an overview on all these topics from a political point of view.

The Full copy of the Programme

Registration for the conference on April 10th and 11th is via

Registration for the farm visits on the isle of Texel should be done seperately via

For Wednesday April 10th 2019, we have made preparations to organize a special day hosted by GD for which transport, lunch, dinner and drinks are included.

We offer residents of the ECSRHM the opportunity to give a presentation on a subject of choice (abstract submission (100-200 words) before March 15th 2019 

Also, we would like to encourage other veterinarians to submit an abstract and to present some recent work on small ruminant health. In the morning, we also have a guided tour through the recently renovated GD laboratory, one of the largest veterinary laboratories in Europe. After lunch, we planned to visit a large dairy goat farm near Deventer. The Dutch dairy goat industry has changed enormously in the last decades, and it will be a unique opportunity to walk around with the farm manager and specialists and discuss the challenges in goat health. After the farm trip, dinner will be served at GD.

The rate for veterinarians is 275 euros; until March 1st, early birds only pay 225 euros for this day. For all attendants, the full program on Wednesday April 10th will be hosted and sponsored by GD.

Our Aim

“To promote the prevention
of disease and the welfare of
sheep by providing a forum
for discussion, distribution of
research results and provision
of advice on veterinary
matters relating to sheep”

Contact the Society

Sheep Veterinary Society,
SVS Secretariat,
Moredun Research Institute,
Pentlands Science Park,
Bush Loan, Penicuik,
Midlothian, EH26 0PZ

Tel: +44 131 445 5111
Fax: +44 131 445 6235

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