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Government veterinary services
150 years of the state veterinary service

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OCTOBER 15, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of state veterinary medicine in the UK. The first government veterinary service in the UK was established in 1865 with the formation of a Veterinary Department of the Privy Council, set up to deal with an outbreak of rinderpest which caused the loss of about 400,000 animals.

Marking the anniversary, the APHA, which delivers most government veterinary services today, noted that, since the formation of the service, government vets had …

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