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Veterinary Disease Surveillance in Inverness and Ayr: SRUC Update

Published Thursday, 26th May 2016 in Veterinary Services news


Staff working in SRUC’s Veterinary Disease Surveillance Centres based in Inverness and Ayr have been informed of changes to the service which will ensure clients in both regions are well served.

Mike Wijnberg, Managing Director of SAC Consulting, said: “We will be maintaining surveillance facilities in both Inverness and Ayr, and in light of feedback received we have tailored those services to fit best with the requirements of the client groups.  

“In Inverness SRUC will invest in a new post mortem facility for the region. It was clear that local stakeholders felt we needed to maintain a facility in the Inverness area and so we revised our plans to ensure we could support local requirements.”

The new post mortem facility is expected to be ready by the middle of 2017. The Drummondhill site will be placed on the market shortly, but the Veterinary services team will continue to work from there until the new site is ready. Staff working at the centre are aware of the redeployment, retraining and relocation opportunities available.

Meanwhile SRUC Research and SAC Consulting staff are in the process of moving to An Lòchran, a new state of the art facility on the Inverness Campus. The Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme will also continue to operate from Inverness.

In Ayr SRUC will invest in developing the existing facilities on the Auchincruive Estate in order to co-locate both Veterinary and Consulting staff (along with some research colleagues) in newly refurbished facilities at Nellies Gate. Significant Investment in the renovation and upgrading of the Nellies Gate facilities and existing vet centre will ensure they are fully fit for the new staff contingent. The work is expected to take 12 months to complete.  

Mike Wijnberg said: “While there will be changes on both sites with investment in new facilities, both sites remain fully operational throughout the changes and we do not envisage any interruption to the services our veterinary surveillance clients receive.”

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