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Reorganisation of laboratory services at AHVLA centres
  1. Paul Roger, President1,
  2. Matt Colston, President2,
  3. Anne Gibbs, President3,
  4. David Ellis, President4 and
  5. Nick Clayton, President5
  1. Yorkshire Veterinary Society, Victoria Cottage, Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6SZ
  2. Sheep Veterinary Society, 25 Cypress Way, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 8UN
  3. Wyvern Veterinary Society, 36 Hanbury Road, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 8PW
  4. Cornwall Veterinary Society, 4c Heathlands Road, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 4DH
  5. Goat Veterinary Society, 29 Winfield, Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1QB
  1. e-mail: paul.roger{at}

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THE sudden notification that services except postmortem examinations could cease at a number of Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) centres is a major concern to all sectors of the livestock industry, as well as having potential to delay action over public health issues.

Large areas of the country will no longer have ready access to the high-quality service the AHVLA provides. Expertise will be lost, and this compounds the continuing reduction in surveillance …

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