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THE Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency's (AHVLA's) plans for competitive tendering for TB testing could have ‘a dramatic impact on rural veterinary practices and fail to address quality control issues surrounding tests for bovine tuberculosis’, according to research undertaken at Cardiff University.
The research was conducted by Gareth Enticott, of the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability Sustainability and Society at Cardiff, as part of an Economic and Social Research Council-funded project investigating the social factors influencing decisions in veterinary regulation. He suggests that the plans could have ‘a considerable impact on the provision of rural veterinary services and may not deliver expected financial or quality benefits’.
The AHVLA recently held a consultation exercise on its proposed approach to competitive tendering for TB testing services in England. In doing …