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Bovine TB
Promoting a proactive approach to tackling bovine TB
  1. Emily Craven
  1. Westpoint Veterinary Group, Unit 8, Whitbreads Business Centre, Whitbreads Farm Lane, Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3FE
  1. email: emily.craven{at}

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I am writing to congratulate Keith Cutler on his great letter in Vet Record (VR, 23 February 2019, vol 184, pp 258-259), and to ask our fellow clinicians to embrace his thinking and promote TB disease control along the first principles of basic disease control that we were all taught at college.

I have always felt that we should try to be proactive rather than reactive, but unfortunately this is not always a view shared by our farmers.

Fig 1: Can TB-infected cows remain undetected if their annual calvings and TB tests coincide?

This was notably seen when Sarah Tomlinson wrote a forward-thinking piece in the NFU’s magazine British Farmer and Grower …

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