The purpose of veterinary scanning surveillance is to identify new or re-emerging threats to animal and public health. It involves a partnership approach between Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), livestock keepers, private veterinary surgeons, the Scottish Agricultural College, livestock industry organisations and other bodies to effectively gather and assess threat-related intelligence.
Scanning surveillance is based on detailed investigations of disease incidents, with an emphasis on post mortem examinations, and is a key element in the government’s risk-based approach to the management of animal related threats.
New veterinary surveillance model
AHVLA has announced an improved approach to surveillance for new and re-emerging animal diseases and other animal related threats in England and Wales. The new model will improve the effectiveness of surveillance by making better use of the expertise of private vets, universities and the livestock industry as well as retaining the existing AHVLA veterinary network.
Further information is available on the archived version of the AHVLA website (link to National Archives)