Changes will be made to the delivery of TB testing in England and Wales from April 2015, it has been announced by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
Under the changes, testing will be managed by Delivery Partners who successfully tender for the work, and each Delivery Partner will be allocated geographic regions in which to operate. The responsibility for arranging testing will continue to lie with livestock owners, but they will need to contact their local Delivery Partner to do so, who will allocate the testing to local qualified vets.
Livestock owners will be able to express a preference for a specific vet, and preferences will be honoured ‘where possible’, although this cannot be guaranteed. There will be an option to test privately, if owners prefer to retain full control of choosing their own vet.
Veterinary Director of APHA, Simon Hall, commented: “These new arrangements help ensure that on-farm testing is as effective as it is possible to be in detecting disease, and that the taxpayer is only being asked to pay what is necessary for this testing.”
To find out more about the changes, go to: http://bit.ly/1CeL9r1