Case Awards 2018

This year’s BVDzero Press Conference and Award ceremony took place in Barcelona, Spain on 23 October 2018. The award winners have been selected by the BVDzero Committee, consisting of renowned external experts in the field of bovine health. The winning 10 cases included submissions from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Brazil and Turkey.

  1. Anna Bruguera Sala, UK
  2. Danilo Ghilardi, Italy
  3. Colin Buchan, UK
  4. Paul Wood, UK
  5. Marleen Doornbos-Hartman, The Netherlands
  6. Serdar Dursun Ak, Turkey
  7. Raquel Teixeira, Spain
  8. Viviani Gomes, Brazil
  9. Tracy Anderton, UK
  10. Alex Garcia Ramirez, Spain

The authors of the top 2 winning cases, Anna Bruguera Sala and Danilo Ghilardi presented their submissions during the press conference. They accepted their prizes from Volker Moennig, Head of the BVDzero Committee. The guests also had the opportunity to hear two more speakers:

  • Mike Kerby BVSc DBR MRCVS, Delaware Veterinary Group, who gave a speech titled A UK Practitioner’s Experience with BVD Control
  • Lucy Metcalfe, Boehringer Ingelheim’s Global Technical Manager for Ruminants, provided a global update on BVD prevalence and control.

The BVDZero Award is a recognition of cases for their exemplary detection and prevention of the disease, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Through the “BVDzero Case Awards”, it is aimed to keep encouraging the search for both clinical and subclinical cases of BVD in cattle herds. The BVDzero team believes that such events will help increase BVD awareness and, as a result, help reduce its prevalence. 

Case Winners

  • Anna Bruguera Sala

    Anna is a Veterinary Medicine graduate from Autonomous University of Barcelona (2013) and has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine by Research from University of Glasgow (2016). Since 2017, she has been working as a veterinary surgeon (Currently at Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group, Rothbury United Kingdom.). Anna has authored several publications and conference presentations since she started her professional life. 

  • Danilo Ghilardi

    Danilo is a veterinary medicine graduate from Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy (2012). In 2016 he became a specialist in Animal Nutrition, after a three-year Specialisation School attending class at Università degli Studi di Milano and training in the field. He has been working as a practitioner in the associate veterinary practice ARMIGIO in San Paolo, Brescia, a high density cattle breeding area in Italy. He helps farmers develop strategies of control and prevention of infectious diseases.

  • Colin Buchan

    Colin is a Veterinary Medicine and Surgery graduate from University of Glasgow (2006). Since then he has been working as a Veterinary Surgeon at Avondale Veterinary Group. 

BVDzero Committee

John Fishwick

Susana Astiz
Susana Astiz


Bovine practitioner

Volker Moennig

Raphael Guatteo


all cases

  • FALSE APPEARANCES: a case history of bovine viral diarrhea

    Alex García Ramírez

    With BVD, not everything is what it seems. Biosecurity is the most important thing. We vaccinate to prevent both the clinical symptoms and the birth of persistently infected animals.

  • BVD Abortion in a Vaccinated Dairy Herd

    Dr Tracy Anderton BVSc PhD MRCVS

    In addition to vaccination, further action is required to control the effects of BVD.

  • Screening of Persistently Infected (PI) heifers and cows in a Brazilian farm from BVDV type 2 infection

    Natália Sobreira Basqueira, Fabricio Dias Torres, Ricardo Araujo, Sergio Soriano, Alex Fagner Sica, Líria Hiromi Okuda, Edviges Maristela Pituco, Viviani Gomes

    The vaccination protocol of this farm using a commercial vaccine compoused only for BVDV type 1 was the gate for BVDV type-2 associated to the purchase and receipt of animals from south of Brazil.


    Click here to hear from Viviani about their case and click the icon on the right to download the case report.

  • We thought we would stay BVD free, but we were wrong

    Raquel Teixeira

    This case highlights the continuous risk of BVD virus entry onto any operation and for the need for vaccines that
    provide total foetal protection to prevent the birth of PI animals that perpetuate the transmission of disease through
    the herd.


    * Click the icon on the right to download the case report.

  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) Case Study Turkey

    Serdar Dursun Ak

    In Turkey, disease awareness and vaccination rate is low for BVD. It was analysed in this dairy farm and concluded that BVD is one of the most important factors that affect profitability of the farm.


    * Click here to hear from Serdar about his case and click the icon on the right to download the case report.


  • BVD, hard to keep out

    Marleen Doornbos-Hartman

    A BVD outbreak leads to incredible problems for a long time on a farm and causes an enormous expense. This farmer wished that he would have started sooner with vaccination. Unfortunately, detecting the source (cause) of infection has not been possible for this farm in spite of the efforts of many supporters.


    * Click the icon on the right to download the case report.

  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) Virus Breakdown in a Scottish Herd

    Paul Wood

    This case demonstrates the importance of monitoring for infectious disease and having clear protocols in place for
    managing an infectious disease outbreak if it occurs. Without annual testing to identify this problem and rapid interventions, this farm may have suffered a much more significant problem which would have had dire implications on herd fertility, productivity, health and economics.

  • An approach to investigating a herd level BVD breakdown via the Scottish BVD eradication scheme

    Colin Buchan

    Highlighted during this investigation is the need for good management compliance at farm level with regards to biosecurity and use of vaccines.

  • Shocking Shaking

    Danilo Ghilardi

    This case series presents an outbreak of BVD in an Italian dairy herd which resulted in a high incidence of PI calves showing neurological symptoms at birth due to natural acquired intrauterine infection with BVDV.


    * Click here to hear from Danilo about his case and click the icon on the right to download the case report.

  • The risk of buying pregnant cattle

    Anna Bruguera Sala

    After a two-year effort to control bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) in 2012 and remain accredited free for four years in a row, a farm in the North East of England became re-infected in 2017 by buying-in pregnant heifers. Three BVD persistently infected (PI) calves were born and removed within three months; however, the infection had a significant impact on the health of that year’s crop of calves that, aggravated by adverse weather conditions, were severely affected by secondary diseases (pneumonia and cryptosporidiosis).


    * Click here to hear from Anna about her case and click the icon on the right to download the case report.