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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 …