Cattle Lameness Consultancy
The Cattle Lameness Academy (CLA) has been involved in all aspects of cattle lameness consultancy, in the UK and internationally for many years. Several members of the Cattle Lameness Academy, both vets and cattle foot trimmers, continue to be involved in the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Healthy Feet Programme in its development and delivery on farm. The CLA see the AHDB Healthy Feet programme as an integral part of cattle lameness control on dairy units and underpins much of the advice delivered.

Vets involved with the Cattle Lameness Academy regularly consult for major supermarket chains with Jon Reader FRCVS providing input to the Dairy Mobility Steering group as well as the Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group. Jon attended the Dairyland foot trimming training programme in 2015.  Gareth Foden MRCVS is an approved Register of Mobility Scorer (ROMS) Trainer and deliverer of the LANTRA approved foot trimming training alongside Dave Phillips (Level 4 audited foot trimmer) who is also a board member of the NACFT and CHCSB.

Our vets have spoken and carried out lameness work in the UK and overseas including trips to the UAE, Turkey, Italy, Ireland, Spain China, USA, Russia, Japan and New Zealand.

The CLA has scripted and produced videos for training purposes for Mobility Matters in 2020 and the AHDB in 2022. The CLA regularly presents and publishes work for the International Lameness Conference.

Jon Reader is a co-author for the Lameness Chapter of ‘Dairy Herd Health’ (edited by Prof. Martin Green). He has published widely including papers relating to Mobility Score and Milk Yield in the Journal of Dairy Science. In 2016 the CLA won the best poster award at the Lameness Conference.

Our vets are increasingly asked to input into training programmes including the BCVA Advanced Practitioner Course, AHDB Healthy Feet Programme training, local BVA associations, University core programme delivery (RVC and Bristol), XL Vets Training Services, XL Vets Vet Tech training as well as bespoke courses for other interested parties.

Vets involved with the CLA have undergone expert witness training and are comfortable to be involved with appropriate legal work.

If you think your organisation needs advice or help in any aspect of cattle lameness on farm please contact us.