Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is one of the most common diseases in cattle, causing huge economic damage to the livestock industry. BVD occurs in two different genotypes, BVD type 1 and BVD type 2. Despite many years of fighting against the disease, the prevalence of BVD is nearly unchanged.


The major issues for vets and farmers include the insidious, often hidden, nature of the disease, and the variety of clinical manifestations. Often what comes to the surface, in BVD outbreaks, is only the tip of the iceberg; the true impact of BVD is not realised in a lot of cases.


By organizing the BVDzero Award, the BVDzero team aims to encourage to search for both clinical and subclinical cases of BVD in cattle herds. We believe that the BVDzero Award will help to increase the awareness of BVD and, as a result, help to reduce its prevalance.


The Award sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH, has provided a total prize of €15,000 for the top 10 clinical cases entered. Any person involved in the cattle industry in Europe (excluding Belgium) and Brazil is eligible for participation. Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, research, diagnostics, animal science, veterinary practice, production veterinary medicine, cattle production and animal health & welfare.


See the 2018 winning cases here.