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

Volker Moennig

John Fishwick


Bovine practitioner

Susana Astiz
Susana Astiz

Raphael Guatteo


all cases

  • 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.