Mastitis culture: practical workshop
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Mastitis culture: practical workshop

Udder health and milk quality are important to farm productivity and profitability. Every farm stands to gain from less mastitis. Accurate fast diagnosis of mastitis is critical in dairy cattle herd heath.

When: 20 August
8:00 AM
Where: University of Waikato
Hamilton, Waikato 
New Zealand
Contact: Hannah Schrader
04 495 1140

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About this course  

This workshop will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to take diagnostic samples for culture in the practice or commercial laboratory. You will improve your plate streaking technique, learn which organisms are pathogenic and how to identify them with appropriate tests, understand about antibiotic discs-which to use and how to read them. Get to grips with Minimal Inhibition Concentration (MIC) and which antibiotics are most effective for which organisms.

You can develop and grow your in-house laboratory as well as get more out of your commercial laboratory with your new improved microbiological mastitis diagnostic skills.

Suitable for

Dairy cattle veterinarians.


This one day workshop will be a combination of talks, demonstrations and practical laboratory sessions.


Learning outcomes

  • Improved skills taking, transporting and storing diagnostic samples for mastitis culture.
  • Enhanced plate streaking and in house culture technique.
  • Greater confidence in identifying pathogenic organisms by using the appropriate tests.
  • Greater knowledge about antimicrobial resistance interpretation and which antibiotics to use.
  • Greater confidence and satisfaction using mastitis culture in practice.
  • On farm culture systems; what’s available? How good are they? Issues with implementation.
  • Improved outcomes for the cow and farmer, barriers to farms engaging with milk sampling and culture.
  • Enhancing the veterinary business.


Rae Pearson BHlthSc

Rae graduated with a BSc from Massey University and began working as a Microbiology Technician in 2004. Rae indicates that being based at the University was a great place to be involved with Mastitis Research projects on a larger scale as well as getting to work on the smaller diagnostic cases. She has recently moved to Hamilton as part of the team for SVS Laboratories.

Scott McDougall BVSc (Hons), PhD

Scott is a veterinarian with postgraduate training in production medicine and with a PhD from Massey University. He is a registered specialist in bovine reproduction and holds an Adjunct Professorship at Adjunct Professorship at School of Veterinary Sciences, Massey University. Scott leads the research group at Cognosco, AnexaFVC which undertakes applied research and extension work. Its technical fields of expertise include farm management, nutrition, disease management and investigation (for example, calf diarrhoea, hypercalcaemia, mastitis), and cow fertility. Scott has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and given more than 250 conference presentations. He is the proud recipient of the DCV Golden Glove Award.

Ian Bruce TB Culture Laboratory Manager

Ian has been working within the veterinary commercial diagnostic laboratories for 24 years. Starting with MAF Animal Health Laboratories and for both Gribbles and NZVP in the Microbiology Laboratories. Over this time mastitis diagnostics (culturing and sensitivity testing) was a core part of his laboratory diagnostic work for veterinary customers. Ian has an active interest in this field and has enjoyed working with many veterinary clinics, in advising and organising laboratory workshops to aid in-house clinical mastitis testing. Ian is currently employed at Agresearch within the TB Diagnostic Team. 

CPD Points

Activities in this workshop can be recorded under either continuing veterinary education or collegial learning activity.


NZVA member
Non-member $1,170

All prices are in NZD and are GST inclusive 

If you're not a member of the NZVA you may find becoming a member and paying the member workshop fee a much better deal. Contact the membership team at for current membership rates.

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