PHS open a new, state of the art, specialist poultry veterinary practice and laboratory in Sheriff Hutton, Yorkshire

Owing to the demands of our rapidly expanding poultry business our practice buildings in York and Dalton are now no longer fit for purpose and due to their location unable to easily adapt. To ensure that we can meet the ever changing demands of our clients in this fast paced sector we have decided to relocate both practices into a single location. We have invested in a state of the art veterinary practice in Sherriff Hutton. The veterinary team from both practices will be based in this prime location and will be supported by their colleagues from the old practices. This will mean a more efficient and enhanced service for our clients and additional support available 24/7 from our experienced team of veterinary technicians and administrators.

We are also relocating our specialist diagnostics laboratory from York. We provide a full range of veterinary and food safety related testing including; serology, water analysis, feed analysis, litter quality testing, environmental/hygiene analysis, bacteriology: Post mortem, Salmonella, Campylobacter, fungal isolation and parasitology. Our new facility will enable us to improve and develop services even further offering the industry an unparalleled serology, virology and diagnostics service.

Combining both practice’ teams and the laboratory service in one location will enable us to offer industry leading, high quality veterinary service provision to the UK poultry industry.

For further information please contact the team on 01347 878931.

Relocation of Salmonella testing Service

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

We opened a new state of the art poultry laboratory in the Pentlands Science Park (Penicuick) in February 2018. Since then, the laboratory has gone from strength to strength and we are now relocating all the testing currently performed at Crowshall laboratories to the new laboratory from Monday 2nd July 2018.

From that date, please ensure that all the samples for salmonella testing are sent to:

Poultry Health Services
The Milton Building
Pentlands Science Park
Bush Loan
Penicuik
EH26 0PZ

Please, destroy any old submission forms with the Crowshall address and replace them with this one.

Your point of contact to order sampling kits and for general lab enquiries remains the York lab which can be contacted on 01904 620968 or email yorklab@biobest.co.uk

The new laboratory operates 7 days a week and it is UKAS and DEFRA accredited. In addition to salmonella testing it performs a number of other tests for hatcheries, farms, egg packing stations and food processing plants in addition to diagnostic tests for veterinary practices.

If you would like to know more about the range of tests that we perform and our discounted prices for routine or bulk work, please contact Stuart Marshall on 0131 440 2628 or email Stuart.marshall@biobest.co.uk

Once you start using the new laboratory services, all your results will be securely stored in our new IT system Digiflock together with your post mortems, visit reports, flock health plans and prescription records. We will continue emailing you these reports as usual. You will benefit from being able to access to your own records 24/7 with your unique client secure access code and to some exclusive data analysis that we will be offering to our clients.

I am sure that you will be delighted with the service from the new laboratory and I look forward to continuing working with you in these exciting times.

Sara Perez, DVM, MSc, CertPMP, MRCVS
Poultry Veterinary Director

 

A Career in Poultry Medicine

The field of veterinary medicine is incredibly diverse with many possible career paths once you are finally enrolled as an MRCVS. I have chosen to enter the poultry industry through a veterinary internship with Poultry Health Services (PHS).

“Why poultry?” is the first question I get asked by most people on learning of my career choice and, being the only person to pursue poultry medicine from my university year group, I can understand why the choice seems unusual. My interest stems firstly from my family keeping chickens and then from having my own flock of bantams that travelled up and down the M1 with me throughout my years at university. For my third year dissertation I surveyed owners’ opinions on the provision of veterinary care for backyard chickens, and the results highlighted the market potential for providing a valuable service for pet hens. I also particularly enjoyed the population medicine approach learned in my Herd Health rotation, analysing trends in data to improve animal welfare. During my clinical years I spent time in a commercial poultry practice and found the work they do fascinating; subsequently learning more about the diversity and the progression of the poultry industry while at PHS has only cemented these interests further.

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Defra has lifted the AI Prevention Zone in England

Defra has announced the lifting of the AI Prevention Zone in England, in place since 18th January 2018.

“Revocation of an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone:
The Secretary of State has carried out a further risk assessment under article 6(1) of the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (England) (No 2) Order 20061 (“the Order”) and declares that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that was made on 17 January and has applied since 09.30 on 18 January 2018 is hereby formally revoked in accordance with article 4(1)(e) of the Order at 12.00 on 25 May 2018. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone no longer applies in any part of England.”

It’s expected Wales will also lift their AIPZ today.

More info here.

Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust

Poultry Health Services is pleased to support the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust who exist to support gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies, and their dependents past and present.

Like all other walks of life mental health can affect us all and the GWT provides a confidential listening service with information and support on this and a number of other issues including retirement, redundancy, housing and employment issues.

GWT can provide financial grants for gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies and their families in times of hardship, ill health and retirement.  Small grants are available for young people making gamekeeping their career.  The helpline is a key part of the service and they can be contacted on 0300 1233088.

Reducing Antibiotic Use in Gamebirds

The Game Farmers’ Association has been collecting antibiotic prescribing data from gamebird vets and working with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate towards an agreed antibiotic reduction target for the sector.

This joint communication provides a best practice guide and is intended for all UK gamebird rearers, any shoots that release game, game feed suppliers, vets who look after gamebirds and everyone else with an interest in gamebird husbandry and game shooting.
2018 Joint Communication on AB Reduction