The AHVLA is seeking views from private veterinary practioners and the farming industry on its proposed approach to competitive tendering for TB testing services in England.

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) is seeking views from private veterinary practioners and the farming industry on its proposed approach to competitive tendering for TB testing services in England.

AHVLAAdditionally, the agency would like to share its thinking on developing a more collaborative and strategic approach to working with private veterinary practices who carry out vital work on behalf of the agency.

From September 19 to October 7 the proposed approach to the TB tendering exercise in England will be available on the AHVLA website in the form of presentation material, including indicative information on lots, pricing, quality assurance and training. AHVLA is continuing discussions with the Welsh Government on the approach that will be taken in Wales and will make a further announcement in due course.

The material will also include the outline vision for developing veterinary partnerships. An online feedback tool will be available throughout this period and AHVLA welcomes views from all interested parties to help inform its proposals.

Supplementing the online material, AHVLA is holding three one-day stakeholder meetings during this period to listen to views on the TB tendering proposals for England, and to discuss what a strategic partnership between the agency and private veterinary practices might look like and how it might be developed. The meetings will mirror the content of the online presentation material as much as possible.

Dates and locations are as follows:

  • September 20: Worcester AHVLA office (50 delegates)
  • September 22: Exeter AHVLA office (50 delegates)
  • October 4: York AHVLA office (50 delegates)

For further information on the meetings and to register online, visit the Official Veterinarian section of the AHVLA website.

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