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Scotland introduces new BVD 'positive’ herd status
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BVD is on of the most important diseases of cattle in terms of economic cost and welfare.

Status applies to herds that have a persistently infected animal

Scotland is to introduce a new ‘positive’ status to make the new Bovine Diarrhoea (BDV) eradication programme easier for farmers to understand.

According to Farmers Weekly, the Scottish government is adding the new status on 10 April to highlight that herds pose a higher BVD risk for those buying or transporting cattle, than “negative” and “non-negative" herds.


The ‘positive’ status will only apply to herds that have a live persistently infected animal. The herd will revert back to the current “non-negative” status once this animal has been removed.

Commenting, rural secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Eradicating BVD is an important step for the industry. Controlling the disease is centred on the identification of persistently infected animals and the timely removal of these animals from the herd.

"Such control measures are estimated to save the industry between £50-80 million over a ten year period."

He added that BVD is one of the most important diseases of cattle in terms of economic cost and welfare.

"That is why the cattle industry in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government, remains determined to eradicate this disease from our herds,” he said.

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Blue Dog Programme wins WSAVA One Health award

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 An educational initiative to help children interact safely with dogs has been awarded the WSAVA’s 2017 Global One Health Award.

The Blue Dog Programme offers an array of educational resources for children, parents and school teachers, including an engaging website, fact sheets, DVD and an accompany book for parents.

The award will be accepted by Professor Tiny de Keuster, a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and founder of the programme, during WSAVA World Congress 2017.  

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VMD stakeholder workshops to discuss Brexit implications

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced that it is to hold stakeholder group workshops to discuss the implications of EU exit.

The workshops will be held during Autumn 2017 and will discuss topics such as the prescribing cascade, pharmacovigilance and inspection of non-UK based manufacturers.

To register your interest, send an email to events@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk, including any topics, in order of preference, that you would like to be discussed.