Union expresses concern about plans to close surveillance centre

A proposal by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to close the veterinary disease surveillance centre (DSC) at Inverness shows that ‘lessons have clearly not been learned from previous outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease’, according to the trade union Prospect. The potential closure of the Inverness DSC was identified as an option by SRUC in June, when it […]

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Informal agreement reached on new EU animal health law

Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Latvian presidency of the European Council of Ministers have reached an informal agreement on new measures to prevent and deal with animal diseases in Europe. The draft Animal Health Law was proposed by the European Commission in May 2013 (http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/172/20/512.full  http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/172/20/513.extract) and has since been […]

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Eradication of peste des petits ruminants ‘within reach’

Eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is ‘not only within reach, but also in our hands’, according to José Graziano da Silva, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Speaking after 15 countries agreed to collaborate on a global plan to eradicate PPR by 2030, Dr Graziano da Silva said: ‘We have […]

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