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

 

Netherlands – H5N6 confirmed in fattening ducks

Netherlands
The Dutch have notified an outbreak of HPAI H5N6 in a flock of 28,886 fattening ducks in Kamperveen in the north eastern part of the country.
On 13 March 2018, a 3 km surveillance zone and a 10 km protection zone have been established. In the 3 km zone there are four other premises. All susceptible animals on the infected premises have been killed. All premises in the 3 km zone have been screened. All samples of the screened premises tested negative. This H5N6 subtype is a reassortment linked to H5N8 and not the Asian zoonotic H5N6.

Elsewhere

USA
1. Texas
On 9th March, the US confirmed an outbreak of LPAI H7N1 in a flock of 24,091 broiler breeder flock in Texas:
As part of routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 avian influenza, H7N1 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was detected in a commercial broiler breeder flock based upon H7 PCR and antibody to H7 and N1. Partial HA sequencing determined the H7 to be a low pathogenic virus of North American wild bird lineage. Further characterization is pending virus recovery. The flock exhibited a slight increase in mortality and a decrease in egg production. Depopulation of the premises is underway. The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Animal Health Commission are conducting a comprehensive epidemiological investigation of this incident and have implemented enhanced surveillance and testing within 10km of this finding.

2. Missouri
LPAI H7N1 confirmed on 22/02/18 in a commercial turkey flock of 20,000 birds.
As part of routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 Avian Influenza, H7N1 presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was detected in a healthy commercial meat turkey flock based upon H7 PCR and antibody to H7 and N1; further characterization is pending virus recovery. There have been no clinical signs of illness or increased mortality on the premises. This is the first detection of H7 LPAI in commercial poultry in the United States for 2018. The turkeys will be depopulated through controlled marketing. The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are conducting a comprehensive epidemiological investigation and have implemented enhanced surveillance and testing related to this finding. Two additional commercial poultry premises located within the 10km zone were tested negative for influenza virus.