Farmers and vets gain easy access to sheep disease information

Animal and Plant Health Agency

June 20
14:53 2017

The sheep disease surveillance dashboard can be accessed via the Animal and Plant Health Agencys Vet Gateway. It has an interactive map which gives access to information on a county, country or Great Britain basis and by time period and age group of sheep. Vets and farmers can find out the most common diagnoses in their area, or learn where specific diseases have been diagnosed.

The data behind the dashboard come from diagnoses made by APHAs Veterinary Investigation Centres across England and Wales, from the network of universities and other surveillance partners working with APHA and from Scotlands Rural College Disease Surveillance Centres across Scotland.

Richard Irvine, APHAs Veterinary Head of Scanning Surveillance, said:

The sheep disease surveillance dashboard provides vets and farmers with a user-friendly means of accessing sheep disease data and enables them to tailor it to their own requirements and interests. It shows how the diagnostic information captured from scanning surveillance across Great Britain can be shared and contributes to building a national picture of sheep health.

I would encourage both farmers and vets to try the dashboard as well as continuing to help APHA and our disease surveillance partners to protect the livestock industry by sharing information and intelligence about animal disease.

APHA are developing dashboards for other farmed animal species and the animal disease surveillance pages on the APHA Vet Gateway have also been refreshed and enhanced. These provide a wealth of easily accessible information for vets in practice relating to APHAs scanning surveillance network and how to access it, related expertise and disease findings.

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