Swine respiratory disease was one key topic at the 2012 International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, as Boehringer Ingelheim held a symposium on "A Comprehensive Approach to Swine Respiratory Disease" on June 11, the first day of the three-day event.

Guidance on the potential airborne transmission of key respiratory pathogens within and between farms was provided by PRRS expert Dr. Satoshi Otake of the University of Minnesota and Swine Extension and Consulting. Recently developed diagnostic tests based on sampling the pigs’ saliva offer a practical way of monitoring large groups to detect a respiratory infection as early as possible, was explained by professor Jeff Zimmerman of Iowa State University. Professor Kristien Van Reeth from Ghent University in Belgium discussed the application of new discoveries in immunology to achieve successful vaccination against rapidly changing respiratory viruses. To conclude the symposium, American veterinary consultant Dr. James Lowe discussed fact-based interventions against respiratory disease at farm level from the standpoint of the veterinarian on the front line.

The congress took place in Jeju, South Korea, June 11 through June 13.