21 – 23  October 2020


Virtual Conference

Dr Victor Cortese

Victor graduated from Michigan State University with his bachelors and doctorate. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1980. He then entered a predominantly dairy practice in Wisconsin where he also held a non-tenured adjunct professor position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1989 he joined Diamond Scientific in their technical services department where he was promoted to director of veterinary operations. In June of 1990 he moved to SmithKline Beech Animal Health (now Zoetis) as a senior technical services veterinarian, with his main emphasis on dairy and its allied sectors. He currently holds the title of Director Technical Services—Cattle Immunology. His responsibility is 75% North American and 25% international. He has many publications on viral infections, immunology, neonatal immunology and young dairy calf management, several textbook chapters and guest lectures at many veterinary and university meetings including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners/World Buiatrics Congress and the AVMA. He received his diplomat status to American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Dairy Practice Specialty) in 1995. In September 1997, at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference in Montreal, he received the AABP’s Award for Excellence. In 1999, he successfully completed his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. In 2013, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine selected Dr. Cortese as one of the twenty most influential cattle veterinarians in the United States.

Dr Frederico Randi

Ceva Santé Animale is a global veterinary health company focused on the research, development, production, and marketing of pharmaceutical products and vaccines for companion animals, livestock, swine, and poultry. Federico Randi has been a Corporate Technical Manager for Ruminants Reproduction, Ceva Animal Health France, from September 2017 to the present day. Primary responsibilities include Global technical support and training in cattle reproduction, experimental design, and data analysis for post-marketing trials, R&D department, extension and training to key accounts.

Dr Chris Reinhardt

Dr Chris Reinhardt earned his bachelor’s degree in meat and animal science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his master’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, and his PhD in ruminant nutrition from Kansas State University. His beef feedlot career spans more than 25 years and includes roles as nutrition consultant and director of nutrition for one of the largest cattle-feeding businesses worldwide as well as many years as a professor and extension feedlot specialist at Kansas State University. As a technical beef feedlot nutritionist for Zinpro since January 2019, Dr Reinhardt provides research and technical support services to the company’s beef feedlot customers across the globe.

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Dr Michael Bradfield

Dr Bradfield is an accomplished livestock consultant who offers over 20 years of international experience in the management and supervision of Livestock & traceability programs in both developed and developing countries. His largest project was as consultant to the $US 98 million collaborative Meat Value project in Asia in 2012.

From 2010 to date he has facilitated the implementation of Breedplan and associated technologies in Southern Africa. Nearly 50% of the Southern African beef sector now uses Breedplan. He is also a member of the Beef Genomics task team and was co-author and initiator of the report that secured R30 million in funding from the Livestock Industry and the Technology and Innovation agency. He is a board member of the Red Meat Producers Organization. When He also write articles for Landbouweekblad and other Agricultural media houses on the beef value chain.

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Prof Henry Annandale

Henry Annandale holds a MMedVet (Gyn) degree and is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists since 2005.  He also obtained an MBA and was 9 years Hospital Director of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital and Associate Professor of Reproduction at the Faculty.  His main interest is in infectious disease and its effect on reproduction in ruminants.  He moved to Perth, Western Australia in 2020 and is currently senior lecturer, small ruminant medicine at Murdoch University

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Prof. Dietmar Holm

Dietmar Holm was born in Pretoria in 1973, and matriculated at Hartbeespoort High School. After his qualification as a veterinarian in 1998 (U.P.), he worked as mixed animal veterinarian in South Africa and from 2000 as a rural practitioner in Hampshire, England. He returned to South Africa in 2003 and joined the Department of Production Animal Studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, where he is currently employed as senior lecturer. He received an MSc(VetSci) (cum laude) in 2006 on Reproductive Tract Scoring and synchronisation in beef heifers, and is currently busy with a PhD on early determination of reproductive performance in beef heifers. In 2008 he received a Laureate Award for Education Innovation from the University of Pretoria for the Onderstepoort Feedlot Challenge. He is actively involved in the South African Veterinary Association’s Livestock Health and Production Group (LHPG) where he currently serves on the central committee. He is a part-time farmer and member of the Bonsmara Breeders’ Association. Dietmar is married to Katrien, has two young sons, and enjoys music making, sailing and woodwork in his free time.


Dr Thys Snyman

I qualified in 1984 with a strong interest in production animals and after my military service worked in Heilbron in an almost exclusively cattle practice. The late Prof Lionel Abrahams planted the herd health seed in me which compelled me to return to Onderstepoort where I became senior lecturer in Bovine Herd Health. I obtained my honours degree in that field but was drafted into Industry in 1996. After working first for Hoechst Roussel Vet and thereafter for Virbac as technical manager, the opportunity arose in 2002 to get involved in Research and Development for the British based Eco Animal Health. This evolved into me becoming an independent R&D consultant, freelancing for various veterinary pharmaceutical companies and I obtained my MMedVet (Pharm) in 2008. I registered as veterinary specialist  in 2010. From 2009-2011 I also did duty as part-time lecturer in the  Poultry department at Onderstepoort, because I see poultry as a transferable skill and very useful carry-around knowledge. Along the way I also dabbled in buffalo breeding and I still have a strong interest in game. My interest and experience is thus very much limited to production animals and game.

Danie Odendaal

Dr Danie Odendaal

Founder and director of Veterinarian Network (V-Net). V- net is a group of independently owned, pro-active South African veterinary practices that work together to develop a new standard in the provision of planned livestock health and production services. V-Net create, develop and maintain a direct electronic communication channel between livestock farmers and their herd veterinarians for on-going monitoring of the health and production status at farm level. Provide a system through which livestock veterinarians can provide their livestock clients with a disease prevention reminder on a monthly basis. Developer of unique Veterinary Extension methodology for the provision of an electronic Primary Animal Health Care Service to the millions of small scale livestock farmers in Southern Africa who don’t have access to a 24 hour clinical emergency veterinary service. Develop the content of training material used for skills development and knowledge transfer to small scale livestock farmers, commercial farmers and farm workers.