Protection from animal diseases is important for the economy says chief vet

The successful lifting of all avian flu restrictions in the UK at the earliest possible point allowed by EU law, confirmed the country’s robust and thorough approach when dealing with animal disease outbreaks, according to Britain’s chief vet, Nigel Gibbens.

“Protecting our country from animal diseases is important for our economy,” he said, commenting on the lifting of all restrictions on December 21.

He added that the recent outbreak should serve as a reminder for the industry of the importance of maintaining strict biosecurity to minimise the risk of infection.

“I would urge keepers to remain vigilant for any signs of disease and report suspicions to their vet immediately,” he said.

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