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BVA Council
Continuing concern about OV tendering

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  • Discussions with the AHVLA on the Official Veterinarian (OV) reform programme

  • Has enough been done to address welfare issues in pedigree dogs?

  • Role of the RCVS

  • Appointment of BVA Board members

These were among matters discussed by the BVA Council at its meeting on July 13. The BVA President, Harvey Locke, chaired the meeting, which was held at the BVA's headquarters in Mansfield Street, London

THE BVA past-president, Bill Reilly, updated Council members on discussions with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) regarding the Official Veterinarian (OV) reform programme.

In May last year, what was then Animal Health had announced its intention to move to a tendering process for OV services, including TB testing. In the following months the BVA had continued to liaise with Animal Health to try to obtain more detail on the tendering proposals and to report members' views. However, he said, no further information on how tendering was to be introduced had been forthcoming.

In January 2011, at a meeting of the Veterinary Development Council, Catherine Brown, the chief executive of Animal Health, had indicated that she wanted to develop a strategic partnership between the AHVLA and private vets. Subsequently, Animal Health had asked the BVA and the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) to facilitate dialogue with a small group of practitioners to look at options for new models for delivering veterinary services.

In March, the BVA had hosted a meeting involving the three organisations and farm animal practitioners to discuss concepts for a package of services that the AHVLA could contract out to private vets, and the AHVLA had said that it would review the points made at the meeting with a view to developing more detailed options. In June, the agency requested another meeting with BVA and …

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