Case Awards 2020

This year’s BVDzero press conference and award ceremony took place virtually on May 25, 2020. The award winners have been selected by the BVDzero Committee, consisting of renowned external experts in the field of bovine health, during an online meeting.

Boehringer Ingelheim provided a total prize of 15,000 euros for the top 10 clinical cases entered. Around 30 submitted cases included submissions from the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Jordan, Turkey and South Korea.

The authors of the top five winning cases had the opportunity to present their submissions during the online press conference. They accepted their prizes from Prof. Volker Moennig, Head of the BVDzero Committee.

Case Winners

  • Magdalini Sioukiouroglou

    Magdalini is a veterinary assistant at Prostock Vets Ltd in UK, a dedicated farm only veterinary practice in South Wales.She is graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in Greece. During her study, she had opportunity to have courses in University of Liverpool, United Kingdom School of Veterinary Science and University of Parma, Italy Department of Veterinary Medicine. Magdalini has authoredseveralpublications andconferencepresentations sinceshestartedherprofessional life.She likes sports, Reading and travelling.

  • Paul Crawford

    Paul is a self employed veterinary consultant and farrmer based in Larne which is a seaport and industrial market town on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

  • Laura Donovan

    Laura has worked as a veterinary assistant at Nantwich Farm Vets UK, a dedicated farm only veterinary practice, since 2009. She manages the veterinary work for 10 dairy farms, averaging 200 milking cattle and has a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle). In addition, Laura has advanced surgical skills and has trained her more recent graduate colleagues. Laura is also a BCVA Johnes Advisor and managed the practice BVD Stamp It Out Project. Despite a busy professional life, Laura finds time to keep fit by running and cycling.

  • Hans Verweij

    Hans is a Veterinary practitioner in farm animal health at a veterinary practice in the Netherlands. He graduated in 2015 as Master Veterinary Medicine– Farm animal health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht. He is certified as bovine, veal calves and swine veterinary practitioner.

  • Laura-May Canonne

    Graduated from ONIRIS (Nantes Vet School, France) in 2015, Laura-May worked as a graduate assistant at ONIRIS livestock medicine service until 2016. She then worked in Ernée (53), and recently moved to Mortain Bocage (50). as a rural vet.

BVDzero Committee

Volker Moennig

John Fishwick

Klaus Doll
Klaus Doll


Bovine practitioner

Susana Astiz
Susana Astiz

Raphael Guatteo

Wiel van den Ekker
Wiel Van den Ekker

The Netherlands
Kadir Yesilbag
Kadir Yesilbag


all cases

  • Impact of BVD vaccination on health and economics at a rose-veal farm with Bovine viral diarrhea virus circulation

    Niels Geurts

    Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) has a significant impact on health, antibiotic use and economics in the rose-veal industry. Nevertheless there hasn’t been a publication of a case that describes the impact of BVD vaccination on health, antibiotic use and economics at a rose veal farm with Bovine viral diarrhea virus circulation in the Netherlands. Because of the national BVD control program for dairy farms in The Netherlands, the number of sentinel animals increases and therefore the chance of a clinical BVD outbreak amongst veal calves. The reason would be an increased number of seronegative calves and co-mingled with persistently infected /transient infected calves onto rose veal calf farms. BVDV is known to be the most frequent isolated virus in relation to bovine respiratory disease (BRD). By reducing BVDV circulation in rose veal herds the incidence of BRD decreases. Therefore, BVD vaccination of veal calves could reduce the impact of BVDV on health and economics at the rose veal calf farm. Through vaccination of rose-veal calves, in the first week of arrival with a live BVDV vaccine (Bovela©, Boehringer Ingelheim) the antibiotic use decreased with 4,88 ADD (animal daily dose) and the mortality decreased with 2,77 %. This resulted in an economic benefit for vaccinated rounds of 5,66€/rose veal calf, compared to rounds that were not vaccinated on the same farm. The average slaughter weight was 1,84 kg less for the vaccinated rounds. If corrected for 1,59 less growing days for the vaccinated rounds the difference in slaughter weight is even smaller. Therefore, this difference is considered not biologically relevant and can be caused by different factors, but it does influence the financial results.

  • Like mother, like (grand)daughter

    Hans Verweij

    A call from a small hobby beef farmer was received on our veterinary practice. The oldest of his four cows suffered from progressive diarrhea. The appetite decreased slowly while the diarrhea increased in the last two weeks. Only his oldest cow (7 years old) had clinical signs at this moment.

    The farmer keeps his cattle as a hobby and for grazing his pastures during summertime. The farm is extensive and consists of two adult blonde‘d Aquitaine cows, one 6 months old calf (3 generations) and a Norman cow. The ‘granny’ blonde ‘d Aquitaine has been purchased as 2 year old cow. The ‘mommy’ and calf are both born on the farm. The farm had a history of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis before the ‘granny’ arrived on the farm. The farm did not participate in health programs for infectious diseases.