Wales’ top vet is calling for interested vets, animal welfare experts, owners and farmers to sit on a new animal health and welfare strategy group for the country.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group will be charged with developing and introducing a new 10-year strategy to replace the previous UK-wide Great Britain Animal Health and Welfare Strategy published in 2004, with the aim of continuing to improve the welfare of kept animals and help protect public health.   

Welsh chief veterinary officer Christianne Glossop said: “This new group will advise the Welsh Government on prevention, control and the eradication of animal disease to improve the national level of health and welfare of both livestock and companion animals in Wales.

“We are keen to ensure we take into account the very best guidance, advice and expertise to help us develop our vision for the future of animal health and welfare in Wales. I would encourage anyone with the relevant experience and right expertise to apply for these posts.

“Disease outbreaks and the measures to control them can carry wide and costly consequences for public health, the economy and the environment, and achieving high standards of animal health and welfare is important to all of us.”

 The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014. For more details and to apply, visit 

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