Considerations in Developing a Reproductive Vaccination Program

Protecting calves from disease begins before they are born
calendar icon 8 May 2017
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At the herd level, low pregnancy rates, abortions and calf deaths are some of the real economic losses associated with inadequate fetal protection against reproductive diseases. Protecting the health of the unborn calf is important not only to the vitality of the calf but also the cow’s well-being and future productivity. A healthy productive cowherd can help improve the financial health of a cow/calf operation.

“When we discuss major reproductive diseases in beef cattle, our primary viruses are infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) viruses Types 1 and 2,” explained Mark Alley, DVM, veterinarian with Zoetis.

Dr. Alley says it is important for producers and veterinarians to look at the labels to make sure they are selecting vaccines that are effective in protecting against the reproductive forms of these important diseases. This means looking for the following information on the vaccine label:
• “FP” in the name of the product, which is a designation that the vaccine provides fetal protection
• Indication to prevent or control IBR-related abortions
• Indication to prevent or control BVD persistently infected calves
• Indication to prevent or control BVD fetal infection
• Fetal Protection Guarantee*

“A fetal protection guarantee provides an additional layer of assurance for producers and veterinarians, so they can have more confidence in the protection provided by their vaccine program and have peace of mind that what they’re doing is actually worthwhile,” Dr. Alley said. “Zoetis offers a full portfolio of fetal protection vaccines that are supported by an FP Guarantee because we have the data to back our vaccines and we know how they perform.”

Dr. Alley concluded, “What we’re doing by using fetal protection vaccines is that we are effectively protecting the calf prior to birth. If you couple that with a proper nutritional program, we’re setting that calf up for success in being able to reach its full genetic potential, from the time it’s conceived all the way through the production cycle.”

For more information about fetal protection vaccines from Zoetis, visit with your veterinarian or your local Zoetis representative, or go to

*The Zoetis 100% BVD PI-Free Guarantee and the IBR Abortion Guarantee will be administered through Zoetis Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support (VMIPS) at 800-366-5288. Proof of purchase is required. Calves born to BVD PI-positive cows or heifers do not qualify for the guarantee. This guarantee does not apply to, and Zoetis shall not be liable for, any (x) damages caused as a result of the improper handling, misuse or abuse of the vaccines that are the subject of this guarantee, or the willful misconduct or negligence of any third party, or (y) any indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damages. Zoetis reserves the right to modify or cancel the terms and conditions of this guarantee.

About Zoetis
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2016, the company generated annual revenue of $4.9 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Leona Ling Ferguson, Zoetis 973-443-3419, [email protected]

Lori Maude, Bader Rutter 303-809-3789, [email protected]

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