The AHVLA is examining ways to improve the diagnostic services available to livestock keepers.

The process will look at ways of enhancing the gross pathology skills of private vets, including, in collaboration with fallen stock facilities, undertaking first opinion postmortem examinations and targeted sampling.

AHVLA met with representatives from university veterinary schools, the Royal College of Pathologists, SRUC and other stakeholders to discuss this issue.

It was agreed a survey should be undertaken to evaluate the likely demand for diagnostic investigation and gross pathology skills training in the veterinary profession. The proposed training is likely to qualify as CPD.

In response, AHVLA has published the survey, aimed at private vets, developed in consultation with the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool,  Surrey and SRUC (formerly SAC), the RVC and Royal College of Pathologists.

The anonymous survey consists of 11 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. It will run until May 23, 2014 and is available at:

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