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Vet Action Threatens Scots TB Test Schedules

28 August 2008

SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland is urging those producers due to routinely test their herds for bovine tuberculosis (TB) this autumn to discuss the situation with their private vets now.

The majority of compulsory TB testing of cattle in Scotland is carried by out by private vets working as Local Veterinary Inspectors (LVI) on behalf of Government. However, NFU Scotland is aware that a dispute between members of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) in Scotland and the Government agency Animal Health over the fees associated with LVI work could lead to selective action being taken by BVA Scotland members this autumn.


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"It would be a huge disappointment if that work was undone by a breakdown in the existing testing arrangements"
NFU Scotland Vice-president, Nigel Miller

NFU Scotland Vice-president, Nigel Miller said:

“Cattle producers need to be aware that the dispute between Scottish private vets and Animal Health over the fees associated with carrying out routine work such as TB testing is unresolved. For farmers due to test their herds for TB, our advice is to contact your vet and discuss a date for the visit. Under current rules, if a herd test is not completed on time, then restrictions to animal movements can apply.

“Scotland’s excellent record on farm animal health is dependent on preserving our declining network of large animal veterinary practices. The viability of these practices is underpinned by the LVI work they carry out. It is wholly appropriate that the fees associated with delivering services, such as TB testing, fully reflect the costs that this entails.

“At a time when Scotland has put significant time and effort into preserving and improving its low incidence status for TB it would be a huge disappointment if that work was undone by a breakdown in the existing testing arrangements. Animal Health must address this issue as a matter of urgency.”

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- Find out more information on Bovine Tuberculosis by clicking here.

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