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Identification, assessment and management of new and re-emerging animal-related risks: UK perspective
  1. R. Kosmider, BSc PhD1,
  2. J. Gibbens, BVetMed MSc(TropVetSci) MSc(Epidem), MRCVS, DipECVPH3 and
  3. R. Avigad, BVSc, MSc, MRCVS2
  1. 1Department of Epidemiological Sciences, Animal and Plant Health Agency Weybridge, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB, UK
  2. 2Epidemiology & Risk Policy Advice, Advice Services Team, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR, UK
  3. 3Head of bTB Epi Assessment Centre, Animal and Plant Health Agency Weybridge, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence: Jane.Gibbens{at}


Veterinary surveillance programmes aim to reduce the burden to the public, livestock and wider society posed by animal-related ‘risks’ (referred to as ‘threats’ later in the paper in line with a definition used by the European Food Safety Authority) including the re-emergence of diseases believed absent or eradicated. To achieve this, it is important to have a systematic approach to identifying and dealing with such threats rapidly and effectively. This paper describes the transparent, systematic and auditable process used for identifying, assessing, escalating and prioritising new and re-emerging animal-related threats in the UK. This has been achieved through the establishment of a Veterinary Risk Group in late 2009.

  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Managment
  • Animal Health
  • Disease surveillance

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