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THE Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has confirmed that, in future, its laboratory services work is to be delivered from fewer locations.
On September 23, the AHVLA announced that the laboratory services provided by eight of its regional laboratories will be transferred to other AHVLA laboratories. This will take place in two phases, with work currently undertaken at Thirsk, Truro and Langford to be transferred by March 31, 2012, and work being done at Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Luddington, Preston and Winchester to be transferred by March 31, 2013. The work will be redistributed among the AHVLA's laboratories at Bury St Edmunds, Lasswade, Newcastle, Penrith, Shrewsbury, Starcross, Sutton Bonington and Weybridge.
The AHVLA says that restructuring its laboratory services in this way will improve effectiveness and efficiency, ‘enabling the agency to continue to deliver important services to government and the livestock industry within a …