Digital dermatitis (DD) is a major worldwide disease of dairy cattle, which presents as severely inflamed lesions on the rear feet. The lesions are extremely painful, and are associated with significant lameness, making DD an important animal health concern and one of the most important infectious diseases of cattle with significant economic consequences for farmers.
On Friday, February 17, Dr. Stuart Carter, will talk about how DD, in recent years, has crossed species barriers and is now commonly reported in sheep in the United Kingdom, where it is classified as a rapidly emerging disease. Dr. Carter’s presentation will describe the emerging nature of digital dermatitis and associated lesions and his ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine.
Dr. Carter has been a veterinary immunologist at Liverpool Veterinary School for many years. During that time, he has served as Research Dean and Director of Postgraduate Research for the Veterinary Faculty.
Dr. Carter’s research interests have covered many areas, involving a variety of diseases and species. He has published on infection immunology in seals, snakes, ostriches, camels, buffalo, elephants, as well as domestic species.
In recent years, he has focussed on the pathogenesis of digital dermatitis (DD) in cattle, sheep and goats, and considered aetiology, pathogenesis, genetics, epidemiology and immunology. His recent findings have identified the spread of the bacteria initiating DD lesions and their emergence in other tissues and species to become a major threat to domesticated and wild life species. Having identified bacterial species involved in DD, Dr. Carter is currently in the process of developing a vaccine to prevent this infection.