AHVLA has announced the start of work to take forward the recommendations of the independent Surveillance Advisory Group (SAG) for a future veterinary surveillance model in England and Wales.

AHVLA has announced the start of work to take forward the recommendations of the independent Surveillance Advisory Group (SAG) for a future veterinary surveillance model in England and Wales.

AHVLA moving forward on 'Surveillance 2014' project.Andrew Soldan, formerly head of AHVLA’s commercial division, AHVLA Scientific, has been appointed business lead for the ‘Surveillance 2014’ project, and will head a project team tasked with designing and implementing an improved future surveillance model based on the SAG recommendations.

Dr Soldan said: “The SAG has provided the framework within which to create a new, more effective and financially sustainable surveillance system.

“While there are challenges in implementing their recommendations, the aim is to enhance the surveillance undertaken, by improving access through better geographical coverage, through better partnership working and by developing deeper specialist skills and knowledge. This must be delivered by a model which remains affordable to both the taxpayer and the farmer.

Dr Andrew Soldan“Key in taking forward this work will be to continue with the approach taken during the initial phase of the project of consulting widely in developing and testing options before implementation, and I intend to fully engage with the veterinary profession and to consult other stakeholders in taking this project forward.”

It is expected that the design phase of the project will complete during the autumn 2012, with implementation being undertaken progressively over the course of the next two years.

  • Further details of the work of the independent Surveillance Advisory Group, including the recommendations included within their final report, are available here.

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