Vet expertise needed in government advisory groups

28 Nov 2020

Mackinnon, J.

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I would like to thank James Russell for his response to my letter (VR, 17/24 October 2020, vol 187, pp 321–322) but I’m afraid he rather misses my point. I don’t doubt for one minute that vets have played their role in the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but then so have so many other people in all walks of life. Going about ones’s daily work under difficult circumstances, perhaps more philanthropically than before, is not exclusive to vets.

I do not dispute the profession’s contribution to the understanding of SARS-CoV-2 through research, or indeed of other pathogens with pandemic potential, nor do I dispute the structure and function of the BVA.

My concern is that it is our expertise in epidemiology, serology, testing protocols and so on, that has not been specifically invited or procured by the government when we have so much to offer. Of the...