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Concern about the impact of spending cuts and changes taking place in the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency was expressed by the outgoing BVA President, Harvey Locke, at the start of this year's BVA Congress. The conference was held at the Royal College of Physicians in London from September 22 to 24, with the theme of ‘Vets in a changing world’
IN his speech at the opening ceremony on September 22, Mr Locke suggested that, from the BVA's perspective, the Government valued the Association as ‘a critical friend’: during the year he had been asked to brief the Secretary of State at Defra on a number of occasions – on bovine TB, with the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), and on pet travel, with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) – and the Secretary of State had made clear that the veterinary input was valued as a vital element in Defra's decision making.
However, he said: ‘In this changing world we have also had our difficulties with the direction being taken by the Government, and we have been at the forefront …