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Andrew soldan, veterinary director of the APHA, responds
  1. Andrew Soldan, veterinary director
  1. APHA, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  1. email: apha.corporatecorrespondence{at}

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I thank Andrew Biggs for highlighting some of the difficult issues facing official veterinarians (OVs) when conducting TB tests during the Covid-19 pandemic, and especially the problem of safely testing youngstock that require manual restraint. The APHA guidance to OVs has evolved over this fast moving period.

The OV briefing notes published at the beginning of April (BN 12/20 for England, BN 13/20 for Scotland and BN 14/20 for Wales) advise that TB testing should only continue if, in the OV’s judgement, it can be done safely in accordance with current Covid-19 public health guidance.

On 7 April, the government published further …

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