Though the latest quarterly TB data for Wales has shown the number of herds under restriction at its lowest level in 10 years, the BVA has added its voice to calls for additional control measures.
In his keynote address at the association’s annual Welsh dinner in Cardiff, British Veterinary Association (BVA) president, Sean Wensley, acknowledged the on-going work of Wales’ Chief Veterinary Officer, Professor Christianne Glossop, and her team while also calling on the Welsh Government to review its TB eradication programme.
“This is welcome news but we know that TB statistics can fluctuate, which is why we are continuing to urge the government to reconsider its eradication programme to include the targeted and humane culling of badgers, by means of cage trapping and shooting only, particularly in light of the suspension of the badger vaccination programme,” added Mr Wensley.
He also welcomed the planned new Aberystwyth University-Royal Veterinary College training hub which would help prepare “Wales’ vets of tomorrow” with the right training, skills and knowledge for their varied roles and responsibilities.
“A new hub of veterinary expertise and excellence is an exciting initiative that brings together the right resources to deliver a range of potential training opportunities to Wales’ vets of tomorrow,” he said.
“There are, of course, both risks and opportunities in increasing the number of veterinary undergraduate courses - particularly in ensuring that there are good clinical career prospects for graduates – but this hub will help safeguard animal health, promote animal welfare and better support the farmers and other animal owners we work with across Wales.”