The blue graph shows the typical pattern seen when true metritis episodes are recorded as “metritis.” The graph in red shows the pattern observed when at-risk or retained-placenta cows are recorded using the same term used to denote clinical metritis.
Evaluation of the DIM distribution of the term used to record metritis is an easy way to better understand postpartum treatments on the dairy. In the accompanying figure, the typical pattern seen when true metritis episodes are recorded as “metritis” is shown in blue. The graph in red shows the pattern observed when atrisk or retained-placenta cows are recorded using the same term used to denote clinical metritis.
Daily cow-level activities on the dairy generally do not necessitate such detailed recording. When veterinarians are more engaged in routine, herd-level health process-management activities they become critical. And health records that adequately address these needs usually meet requirements for residue avoidance/regulatory compliance. Work with your clients to establish standard disease definitions that will allow comparison among herds. Establish standard health data-management protocols to ensure accurate, consistent recording of those diseases. Finally, use those quality data to generate productive knowledge based on evidence to prove your value as the health management professional on the team and keep your VCPR valid. If you want help, visit goodhealthrecords.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good records allow more evidence-based prevention and treatment protocol recommendations.