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Surveillance
Proposed closure of Inverness disease surveillance centre
  1. Graeme Swanson1,
  2. Hamish MacGregor-Robertson1,
  3. Douglas Swaffield1,
  4. Kenny Johnston2,
  5. Colm Farrell2,
  6. Francisco Morera-Pallares3,
  7. Abigail Walker3,
  8. Andrew Rafferty4,
  9. Jane Harley4,
  10. Eilidh Corr4,
  11. Gabrielle Beresford4,
  12. Joanne Patience4,
  13. Charlotte Fraser5,
  14. Jim Fraser5,
  15. Alice Bacon5,
  16. Rebecca Holden5,
  17. Sabrina Brunner5,
  18. Paul Morrison6,
  19. John Donald7 and
  20. Jamie McLaren7
  1. 1Conanvet, Conon Bridge
  2. 2Johnston and Farrell, Tain
  3. 3Easter Ross Vets, Invergordon
  4. 4Strathspey Veterinary Centre, Grantown-on-Spey
  5. 5Fraser & Fraser (Vets) Ltd, Dingwall
  6. 6Rogart
  7. 7Moray Coast Vet Group, Forres

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AFTER discussion and due consideration we have decided that as a group of independent veterinary practices we totally oppose the SAC proposal to close the Inverness Disease Surveillance Centre (DSC).

In his introduction to the Kinnaird Report, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment in Scotland, stated: ‘I commissioned John Kinnaird to conduct this review because I felt that the surveillance system could be strengthened.’

It is our considered opinion that closure of the Inverness DSC will have the opposite effect and lead to an almost complete eradication of surveillance for a large part of the Scottish land mass, which is home to some 25 per cent of Scottish registered agricultural holdings.

The SAC case for closure is based on the number of sheep and cattle postmortem examination submissions at the Inverness centre but we believe this to be a flawed argument, not …

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