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BVA disappointed with Farm Inspection and Regulation Review
Simon Doherty provided feedback on the recent report.

Lack of recognition of farmer-vet relationship in final report

The BVA has responded to the Farm Inspection and Regulation Review, published last week, which aims to establish a more ‘enforcing and enabling approach’ to farming after the UK leaves the EU.

Among the feedback, the BVA had particular concern in regard to the lack of recognition of the “vital” farmer-vet relationship in the report.

Simon Doherty, BVA president, commented: “We recognise that Brexit provides certain opportunities to review and improve existing structures. We welcome these suggestions on how the Government might best introduce more supportive and collaborative approaches to farming regulation in the UK.

“However, given this emphasis on ‘enforcing and enabling’, we were somewhat disappointed not to see more recognition of the vital role of the farmer-vet relationship.

“Veterinary advice is both expert and specialist and more consideration of the ways the well-established relationships between farmers and vets might be utilised to lead to better compliance and animal health and welfare outcomes would have been both welcome and useful.”

Mr Doherty, however, spoke encouragingly of the report’s intention to safeguard against endemic and exotic diseases.

“We were pleased that the report recognises the vital importance of maintaining strong surveillance systems throughout, and after, the Brexit process to protect the UK’s animal population from both endemic and exotic diseases.

"We would like to hear more detail from Defra about how this might be achieved. We would also be interested to hear more about the suggestion that modern technologies could be used to strengthen the existing approaches to disease detection in the UK.”

The full report can be read here.

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”