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Vet Med Forum- Barriers to Timely Euthanasia in Dairy Cattle- The Veterinarian Perspective

June 10, 2020 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

The Veterinary Medical Forum is designed to enhance informal communications between practitioners and NC State CVM faculty on issues pertinent to medicine and surgery. During these informal discussions, we will share current management ideas, procedures and techniques which we hope will be applicable to your practice. We invite you to bring your questions and/or cases (including radiographs) relative to the topics below.


Barriers to Timely Euthanasia in Dairy Cattle- The Veterinarian Perspective

Brooklyn Wagner PhD- Postdoctoral Researcher

In cases of severe injury or disease, timely euthanasia is a vital tool used to prevent undue pain and suffering. However, making and carrying out euthanasia decisions on dairy farms is complex and decisions are often challenging and multi-factorial. It is critical that caretakers have the confidence and ability to make appropriate euthanasia decisions in a timely manner and veterinarians are often asked to serve in the role of training caretakers on the euthanasia process. Given the valuable role that veterinarians play regarding dairy cattle euthanasia, the objective of this two-part study was to evaluate the main factors influencing euthanasia practices on dairy farms across the United States (US) by recruiting experienced dairy cattle veterinarians to participate in either an online survey (Part I) or in-person focus groups (Part II). Results of this study indicate a vital need for the development of specific euthanasia standards, as well as interactive training programs for dairy veterinarians and caretakers to improve cattle welfare and consistency in euthanasia decision-making across the US dairy industry.

Please note, this lecture will only be offered to attendees via a Live Zoom Lecture. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting to log on the day of. If you have a question during the lecture, use the chat feature to ask and the speaker will periodically answer questions.

If you need help accessing Zoom, email

Zoom Lecture: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Registration Fee:  $0

Continuing Education

This seminar will offer one (1) hour of NCVMB approved CVME for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

ADA Statement

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in the activity, please contact Dane Johnston to discuss your needs at least 30 days prior to the event.

Lecture Notes

An electronic copy of the lecture notes will be made available a few days before the course. To view notes from previous Vet Med Forum lectures, click here.


June 10, 2020

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Office of Continuing Education & Outreach