New arrangements, providing improved access to farm animal post mortem examination and diagnostic services in Wales, will “enhance disease surveillance” in the country says the Welsh Government’s deputy farm minister, Rebecca Evans.
The comment followed the announcement from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) that the provision of subsidised post mortem examinations (PME) in Wales is to be taken over by lechyd Da, a consortium of independent veterinary practices.
The new service, which replaces the former APHA Aberystwyth Veterinary Investigation Centre, will be introduced in stages, starting with the setting up of a PME service, covering locations within an hour’s journey from the former centre. A carcase collection service will then be introduced for North Wales, followed by a combination of carcase collection and PME satellite sites for the country’s remaining areas.
“The award of this contract to Iechyd Da is excellent news as it enhances disease surveillance in Wales,” said Ms Evans. “This means that private vets and farmers will have better access to post mortem examination and diagnostic services.
“As demonstrated by the recent avian flu outbreak, there are constant threats to animal health and having improved coverage will strengthen surveillance here in Wales and will help to detect and manage these risks.”