Laura’s background is in dairy herd health, disease prevention; she is passionate about applied research and extension. She has gathered a thorough understanding of the dairy industry worldwide from working on her family’s dairy farm in Costa Rica (her native country), veterinary fellowships in European universities, volunteer work in the US and her graduate studies in Canada.
Her doctoral research aimed at identifying on-farm management practices to control lameness in Canadian dairy herds. Laura’s areas of expertise and research include:
- impact of housing and management on cow health and welfare;
- prevention and control of lameness and foot lesions;
- control methods for digital dermatitis;
- udder health, milk quality and antimicrobial use;
- development and on-farm implementation of disease prevention protocols and SOPs;
- benchmark assessment of farms’ performance in animal care;
- study design, data analysis, scientific writing and practical application;
- communication and outreach to dairy producers, including delivery of workshops, group meetings, seminars and magazine publications;
- training and education of farm personnel to improve cattle health and welfare;
- management and organization of large-scale dairy health projects.