Scottish Government Veterinary Services Programme
SRUC Veterinary Services identifies new and emerging animal problems and monitors animal diseases as they affect domestic animal populations. Our team are experts in animal disease, diagnosis and surveillance and provide a practical approach, coupled with strong scientific knowledge.
We provide national veterinary disease surveillance for the Scottish Government and contribute to UK surveillance through collaboration with the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) in disease monitoring and statutory disease control schemes. This includes livestock and wildlife disease surveillance, monitoring of antimicrobial resistance, investigation of new or novel disease outbreaks, animal health planning and promotion of good farm animal welfare practices.
Animal disease surveillance is a statutory requirement and is provided by SRUC Veterinary Services through the collection of data from diagnostic samples and carcasses submitted to the Veterinary and Analytical Laboratory and the network of our Disease Surveillance Centres.
The information collected by us on disease and disease trends in Scotland is added to data from APHA laboratories and approved contractors in England and Wales. This combined data provides the picture for Great Britain, and can be accessed through the disease surveillance dashboards.
We also publish monthly and quarterly reports, where you can find updates on our disease surveillance work.
To keep up to date with our latest findings, visit our Disease Surveillance blog.
Livestock and wildlife disease surveillance
We monitor the health and disease status of Scottish farmed livestock. This enables us to detect changes in animal disease status and quickly distribute the information using scientific reports, websites, social media and newsletters.
Vets and livestock farmers can use the information to support the implementation of disease prevention measures across Scotland. This ensures a proactive approach to biosecurity, health and welfare in Scottish livestock. All producers, irrespective of size of enterprise or geographical location, have access to the relevant advice and information.
Monitoring of disease and suspect crime events in native wildlife species is also part of the Programme, recognising the importance of Scotland’s natural biodiversity.
SRUC delivers education and training on behalf of the Scottish Government to meet the outcomes of the Honey Bee Health Strategy for Scotland, aiming to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of Honey Bees.
Promoting awareness of bee diseases and pests and providing general advice on good husbandry and management practices ensures healthy honey bee colonies.
The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is an invasive species, smaller than our native hornet, that poses a risk to honey bees and pollinating insects. We are working together with beekeepers to stop this insect establishing in the UK and ask everyone to report suspected sightings. For more information, education, or advice, please visit Beebase or contact Miss Lorraine Johnston, Scotland's Bee Advisor:
The Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries DG1 3NE
Wild bird disease surveillance
We carry out a significant number of post-mortem examinations of wild birds each year, providing disease surveillance information and supporting investigations into suspect crime, such as deliberate pesticide poisoning of raptors.
With domestic poultry at continuing risk of infection with Avian Influenza (AI) from wild birds, post-mortem examinations and sampling of target species forms part of the surveillance of the wild bird population.
Surveillance news and reports
Scottish Government's Veterinary Services Programme latest report
Veterinary Services monthly reports
For copies of older reports please contact us.
Quarterly surveillance activity summaries
January – March 2022
October – December 2021
July – September 2021
April – June 2021
October – December 2020
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