Chief veterinary officer (CVO) Nigel Gibbens has defended the decision to discontinue publication of the annual CVO report, and has promised that DEFRA will make a “special effort” to ensure that accessible records of veterinary events are made available online.

Chief veterinary officer (CVO) Nigel Gibbens has defended the decision to discontinue publication of the annual CVO report, and has promised that DEFRA will make a “special effort” to ensure that accessible records of veterinary events are made available online.

When it was published last month, DEFRA announced the UK Chief Veterinary Officer’s 2009 report would be the last of its kind.

UK CVO Nigel Gibbens and the 2009 reportThe department claimed the annual document could no longer be justified “as the information is now updated more regularly on the internet”, but information would be publicised via news reports from DEFRA and the newly merged Animal Health/VLA organisation.

However, some vets have voiced concern, arguing that the report provided a useful overview of animal health issues that helped vets on the ground “understand the big picture”.

BCVA past-president Keith Cutler said: “I know Nigel Gibbens is a busy man, but the job comes with responsibility attached – and I can’t help thinking that someone in that position should be producing a report every so often to summarise where we are.”

Speaking to Veterinary Times at an animal health symposium, Mr Gibbens admitted he felt “great regret” that the 2009 overview would be the last CVO report.

“But we live in an electronic world, so now could be the time to move on,” he said. “In the current climate, it was very hard to justify continuing to produce it – it’s not just the money of printing it, it’s the people’s time it takes. Practically, it’s very demanding [to produce].”

  •  See this week’s Veterinary Times for the full report (Vol.40, No.42).

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