Share your views with BVA and help us be a strong voice on surveillance

05 July 2017

BVA is calling on all vets who use veterinary scanning surveillance networks in England and Wales to complete its new survey and help ensure the networks are able to fully protect animals in the UK.

BVA’s Surveillance Working Group, which is made up of 12 members of BVA and its divisions who have expertise in veterinary surveillance, is launching the survey Surveillance use, understanding and engagement across the veterinary profession on 5 July.

Chair of the BVA Surveillance Working Group, Kate Sharpe, said:

“Following several reviews, the surveillance landscape has changed in England and Wales. This survey is your chance to tell us how you engage with the current system, what you value about the surveillance reports produced and to identify areas for improvement. We want to hear from the full breadth of the profession.

“Whilst we know that disease surveillance is a priority for the profession we would like to understand what drives veterinary professionals to engage with the scanning surveillance system as it currently stands and the barriers which prevent or limit engagement. 

“This increased understanding will enable BVA to clearly set out its position on current surveillance systems and highlight key questions to pose to the Government in order to improve surveillance delivery, especially as we head into Brexit negotiations.”

The survey was drafted by members of the Surveillance Working Group, with representatives from BVA’s specialist divisions, and will be promoted to members of all relevant veterinary associations. 

It is the first of a series of surveillance surveys that will also include localised surveys for Northern Ireland and Scotland. Data collected will inform BVA’s policy position ensuring it is representative of disease surveillance across all the UK.

The survey will run until from Wednesday 5 July until Friday 31 August 2017 and, depending on area of work, will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. As a thank you, participants will also be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon Voucher.

Take the survey

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