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Advisory group to develop model for surveillance

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AN independent advisory group has been established by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) to make recommendations for a model for the future delivery of veterinary surveillance in England and Wales.

The group will be chaired by Dirk Pfeiffer, professor of veterinary epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College. Its other members, who represent government, the veterinary profession, livestock farming and private laboratories are: Kate Hovers (Welsh BVA); Huw Davies (Welsh farming representative); Paul Roger (BVA, sheep vet); Fran Baird (BVA, pig vet); Dan Parker (poultry vet); Gwyn Jones (NFU); Paul Burr (Biobest Laboratories); David Harwood (AHVLA); Alick Simmons (Defra, deputy Chief Veterinary Officer); Christianne Glossop (Welsh Government, Chief Veterinary Officer); and Jane Gibbens (AHVLA).

The AHVLA said on January 6 that the group had been formed ‘so all those with an interest in veterinary surveillance can shape a future model and ensure that all issues are thoroughly considered’.

Giving some background, the agency says it is seeking to identify ways to undertake veterinary surveillance more effectively and at an affordable cost to the taxpayer. The …

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