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DEFRA does not want to exclude private veterinarians from the supply of Official Veterinarian (OV) tasks, but it does need to be sure of the standard of that work. This is one of the major reasons behind the proposed changes to the training and assessment of OVs.
So said Simon Hall, veterinary director at the AHVLA, discussing the planned reform of the OV arrangements during the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) congress in Harrogate last month. Currently, he said, the aims of OV work were to help in the eradication of bovine TB and to tackle exotic disease threats and other important diseases, such as brucellosis, as they occurred. These aims were unlikely to change, but the Government needed to ensure it was getting the best value for money for the taxpayer and also be confident that the work being done was consistent.
Ensuring this consistency was the thinking …
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