Respiratory Health Seminar for pig practitioners, 4th -6th October, Ghent, Belgium
The second Porcine Respiratory Health Seminar of 2017 took place from 4th to 6th October in the medieval city of Ghent with participants from 8 countries. Part of the seminar was held in the city center and our guests were invited one afternoon to the faculty of veterinary medicine for a practical session. Four speakers focused on the prevention, control and treatment of different respiratory diseases in modern pig farming. The crucial role of swine practitioners in the clinical outcome of an antimicrobial treatment was discussed as well as the key points for medication via drinking water.
In the necropsy room, lung lesion scorings were performed and several macroscopic lesions were interpreted. Different methods for laboratory analyses and their correct interpretation to come to a correct diagnosis were presented. A climate specialist paid attention to practical ventilation in pig herds. Furthermore, the session on histopathology showed the link between clinical findings and laboratory analysis. This practical seminar gave lots of new insights for the daily practice and was much appreciated by all the participants.