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Winchester surveillance lab shuts a year early

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POSTMORTEM examinations are no longer being carried out at the AHVLA's regional surveillance centre at Winchester, a year ahead of the originally planned closure in summer 2015. In an update on its website on May 29, the AHVLA said that, pending the procurement of an alternative provider of postmortem examination services in the area, an interim carcase collection and transport service would be put in place to transport carcases directly from farms to the AHVLA surveillance centre at Bury St Edmunds.

In a letter to local veterinary surgeons dated May 23, Rupert Hine, director of surveillance at the AHVLA, said that the decision to stop carrying out postmortem examinations at the Winchester centre had been taken as a result of recent staffing changes locally. Vets who wished …

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