The Princess Royal praised the research efforts of the Moredun and stressed the importance of continued collaboration of those working in animal health in the fight against livestock diseases.
The Princess Royal praised the research efforts of the Moredun Foundation and Moredun Research Institute and stressed the importance of continued collaboration of those working in animal health in the fight against livestock diseases.
The Princess Royal’s comments were made at a special event held yesterday (February 10) at Moredun’s headquarters just outside Edinburgh, which showcased some of Moredun’s partnerships with the farming, veterinary, scientific, government, commercial and public understanding of science sectors in order to increase understanding of the diseases that impair animal health and welfare.
This is not the first time that The Princess Royal, patron of The Moredun Foundation, has praised the organisation’s staff. In June 2010, whilst speaking at Moredun’s 90th Anniversary celebration, she said: “Moredun’s research is vital to protect both livestock and people, today and tomorrow.
“One of Moredun’s strengths is its ability to use a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to tackle livestock disease. This research serves a very important function in maximising the health of the nation’s livestock and it is vital that research groups and other stakeholders continue to collaborate in order to make the best of the limited resources available,” she said.
Founded by Scottish farmers in the 1920’s, Moredun is known throughout the world for its research into the prevention and control of infectious diseases of livestock.
During a tour of the laboratories, The Princess met scientists who have developed a new diagnostic test for sheep scab, and others working on improving existing diagnostic tests and vaccines for chlamydial abortion of sheep.
She also met with scientists from Moredun, SAC and the University of Edinburgh who are working together to try to discover the cause of bleeding calf syndrome, an emerging disease of young calves which is almost always fatal.
She also spoke with Moredun scientists working on improving existing diagnostic tests and vaccines for chlamydial abortion of sheep, a major cause of lamb mortality across the world.
The Princess was escorted around the laboratories by Moredun’s chief executive Julie Fitzpatrick.
Prof Fitzpatrick said: “We are delighted that our patron visited us at Moredun again this year and hope that she enjoyed learning more about some of our research into infectious diseases of livestock and meeting some of our partners.”