Holders of official veterinarian (OV) status are being invited to share their views and experience of bTB testing by completing an online survey.

A spokesman for the survey organiser says its findings will help ensure the wealth of existing knowledge, expertise and commitment among OVs can be capitalised upon, at the same time as yielding the operational efficiencies being sought under the Veterinary Delivery Partnership (VDP) programme.

Pre-tender VDP documentation states clearly delivery partners “will be required to sub-contract a high proportion of the work” to existing providers of livestock veterinary services.

“The more current OVs who take part, the more fully their valuable experience can be taken into account in aligning a delivery partner’s plans to the important role this sector of the profession will play in the new system,” a spokesman said.

“The survey is designed to be quick to complete, and we hope there proves to be a worthwhile return on investment for participants.”

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PQFSWZN

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