Managing novel disease introduction and biosecurity practices to protect herd health


Recently a strain of Avian Influenza has been identified in a novel species – dairy cattle. While Influenza viruses possess the ability to leap from one species to another, cattle have not commonly been on the receiving end of this process.

Join Novonesis veterinarians Kay Russo, DVM, MAHM, DACPV and Keith Kinsley, DVM for this webinar: “Managing novel disease introduction and biosecurity practices to protect herd health”.

This session is designed to educate and inform anyone involved with livestock production on the challenges of identifying infections in a novel species or novel geography as well as practical applications of herd health protection practices that should help you to critically evaluate points of risk for acquiring such an infection in the herds, lots, flows, or flocks you deal with.

What You'll Discover:

  • The clinical signs associated with the transmission of a strain of Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza to dairy cattle.
  • Why was the pathogen suspected, and how it was ultimately identified in dairy cattle.
  • Simple procedures to begin taking steps to protect your herd’s health from a similar novel disease introduction.
  • Potential ramifications of this finding and why it is important to protect herd health by practicing good biosecurity.

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This webinar will be useful to anyone associated with livestock feeding or production (producers, nutritionists, veterinarians, and caretakers) and those in the general public interested in livestock production.

Dr. Kay Russo, DVM, MAHM, DACPV

Technical Services Manager, Dairy and Poultry, Novonesis

Dr. Kay Russo, a Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine 2010 graduate, began her career as a dairy practitioner before moving to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, where she held roles in technical service and marketing for cattle. In 2017, she joined Purina Animal Nutrition, focusing on feed additive research for cattle and poultry health, and provided field support. In 2023, she earned a Master of Avian Medicine from the University of Georgia and joined Chr. Hansen team, now Novonesis, as Technical Services Manager for Dairy and Poultry.

Dr. Keith Kinsley

Swine Technical Service Manager, North America, Animal & Plant Biosolutions, Novonesis

Keith received a B.A. in Chemistry and DVM degrees from the University of Minnesota. As a student, he worked in both laboratory and clinical research settings on swine ileitis. Following graduation, he transitioned to a dual research associate/private practitioner position servicing the broader pharmaceutical industry in MN, IA, ND and SD. After 10 years of private practice and production management, he took a technical service position focusing on growing the swine medicated feed additive and custom vaccine business. Keith has been with Chr. Hansen now for 3 years and is located just outside the Twin Cities.