Dr Anna Catharina Berge DVM, MSc, MPVM, PhD (Berge Vet Consulting)
Anna Catharina (Cat) Berge is a Swedish veterinarian and epidemiologist with expertise in food animal production from farm to fork. Dr. Berge’s experience ranges from working directly in animal husbandry, large animal practice, veterinary animal and public health legislation, public health and scientific research. Dr. Berge’s worked in Sweden ins large animal practice and thereafter, veterinary policy and legislation, and at the European Commission covering areas ranging from animal disease control in trade, BSE, residue and drug control to Salmonella control and product traceability. Thereafter she spent 10 years in the United States performing research in dairy production on zoonotic bacteria such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Campylobacter and antimicrobial resistance, while completing a dual masters in preventive veterinary medicine and a PhD in comparative pathology. Today she lives in Belgium and run her own consultancy business working internationally on several continents. Dr Berge is an academic advisor at the University of Ghent in the Epidemiology Unit where she is involved in research on biosecurity and reducing antimicrobial use.
Cat’s interest in raw milk is due to her own allergies to pasteurized milk and milk products. After having experienced more than 20 years of milk allergies and the social handicap it imposes on many aspects of life, she wanted to make safe raw milk accessible for others with similar intolerances. She has found that for raw milk, just as most food products that we produce in Europe, there are hygienic production methods where ‘final decontamination’ through pasteurization is not the only way to assure food safety. Dr Berge now actively work to assist raw milk producers to reduce risks associated with raw milk using a holistic approach integrating all components of dairy farming from feed to food. Her extensive knowledge of all types of dairy systems, combined with epidemiological, microbiological, veterinary and public health expertise gives her unique competence to guide farmers in their work to create safe and hygienic raw milk production systems.