CowSignals and Building for the Cow

Designed primarily for farm vets


Dairy Veterinary Consultancy Ltd, Nantwich (Online)

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This workshop includes the essential elements of building design, useful for practicing vets. It is rooted in CowSignals® principles, and this is where the course begins. CowSignals® training challenges the way we approach dairy herd health. First, you need to know what to check for. Then you’ve got to notice the signals – that takes practice. As the saying says, cows never lie! They are the ultimate arbiters of how well an environment is suited to their needs. You will learn how to make the simple, cheap changes, as well as how a new-build shed should be designed. All details see

About Dairy Veterinary Consultancy Ltd

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Owen Atkinson BVSc DCHP PGCert NSch MRCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production. Owen graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1994 with distinction. After working in clinical dairy practice for 19 years and gaining RCVS Specialist status he founded Dairy Veterinary Consultancy in 2013. Owen provides advice and training for all types of dairy farming and veterinary businesses with a focus on leading effective change. He was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship (2010) to develop consultancy within the dairy veterinary sector. He developed the UK's national lameness management initiative for dairy farms (Heathy Feet Programme) and Dairy UK's MilkSure programme, for more responsible use of veterinary medicines and avoiding medicine residues in milk. He is an assessor for the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers and co-authored the well regarded textbook, Bovine Surgery and Lameness. His research interests include the diagnosis and prevalence of sub-acute rumen acidosis and other rumen health disorders; the health and welfare of calves and behavioural characteristics of housed herds. In 2022, Owen was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Change Leadership with distinction from Aberystwyth University. He is an experienced trainer, facilitator and mentor, as comfortable working with teams of people as he is with cows. He is experienced in working with hot climate dairy herds, as well as European dairy businesses of all scales and systems (housed; block calving; voluntary milking systems). Owen’s professional goal is to improve the lives of cows and the people who look after them.

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Course is delivered online.




  • No Hands On
  • Some Reading & Writing
  • Some Watching
  • Some Listening
  • Lots of Socialising

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