November 30, 2021


AABP introduces cattle vaccination guidelines


The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Biologics (CPBI) has developed Vaccination Guidelines for its members to utilise when designing client vaccination protocols, Beef Magazine reported.

The guidelines include principles of vaccination, influence of management on disease, vaccine label information, vaccine categories, adverse events, vaccine storage and handling, core vaccines, risk-based vaccination and references.

"The CPBI developed these guidelines to provide AABP members with a baseline document on vaccine science and information for beef and dairy cattle," says AABP chair Dr. Justin Kieffer. "To our knowledge, we are the first food animal veterinary group to develop official vaccination guidelines for our membership. We felt it was critical to outline answers to vaccine-related questions frequently asked by bovine practitioners in a readily available format, based upon the available science. It was also important to point out the gaps in knowledge on vaccine issues and to list references for the material we included."

"It is very important for bovine veterinarians and producers to be familiar with the different vaccine antigens and antigen combinations on the market to meet the disease challenges of their clients/herds," Kieffer adds.

Kieffer stresses that the guidelines were not intended to prescribe standard vaccination protocols for bovine veterinarians to implement, but to instead present information on what the authors believe are the 'core' vaccine antigens that all cattle should receive.

"There are a wide variety of beef and dairy operations that are served by AABP members, with an even wider variety of environmental, genetic, nutritional and management differences, which makes outlining a standard vaccine protocol impossible. We hope these guidelines can provide practitioners with the base knowledge necessary to construct protocols customised to bovine client needs across the production spectrum," Kieffer concludes.