Vets respond to ‘important process’ in latest move to eradicate bTB from Northern Ireland

01 December 2017

BVA has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland will be launching a public consultation on a new strategic approach to eradicate bovine TB (bTB).

The proposed strategy will deploy a holistic approach, consisting of a range of additional and enhanced measures to strengthen the bTB Eradication Programme.  

The proposals reflect the recommendations from a long-term strategy report by the TB Strategic Partnership Group’s (TBSPG) - ‘Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Strategy for Northern Ireland’ - that was published in December 2016.  

Seamus‘O Kane, Senior Vice President, BVA Northern Ireland Branch, said:
“We welcome this consultation and the opportunity to contribute views on the latest strategy to eradicate bTB in Northern Ireland. BVA supports a comprehensive strategy that uses every available tool that we have in the toolkit to achieve the long-term goal of TB eradication. The consultation is essential to the successful development and ultimate implementation of a new bTB eradication strategy, and we hope BVA members and BVA specialist divisions will support our work in order to make their views known in this important process.”
This consultation will seek views from all interested parties and will run for a nine-week period from 30 November 2017 to 1 February 2018. BVA will be approaching members for their views in coming weeks.

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