BVA asks Scottish government to make progress with legislation

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has asked the Scottish government to make progress with a secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

At its annual dinner hosted in the Scottish Parliament by MSP John Scott, BVA president Carl Padgett underlined the need for tangible outcomes on veterinary surveillance.

The dinner was also attended by other parliamentarians, key representatives of animal health and welfare organisations and the agri-food industry as well as senior members of the veterinary profession.

Padgett said: “Human attitudes to animals have come on leaps and bounds in recent decades, underpinned by the momentous Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

“As a member of the Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare, we have recently questioned the Cabinet Secretary on the level of progress made on secondary legislation under the Act.”

Padgett as also spoke of the Schmallenberg Virus (SV) and bovine neonatal pancytopenia (or bleeding calf syndrome) as reminders of the importance of a “robust veterinary surveillance system”.

Padgett said: “Bleeding calf syndrome was first brought to national attention by veterinary surgeons working with farming clients and local surveillance centres.

“Seven months on and many of those questions remain. We look forward to engaging with the board as it consults with industry and the profession and will be looking for tangible results soon.”