New veterinary centre will boost farm services

A Wales Veterinary Science Centre that opened at Aberystwyth in Mid Wales yesterday will broaden the range of services available to Welsh farmers.

Located on the site of the former Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) Veterinary Investigation Centre, the science centre has been established by Iechyd Da, a consortium of independent veterinary practices based in Wales, together with Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers Ltd and Aberystwyth University.

Building on the post-mortem examinations for farm animals, Iechyd Da intends to broaden the range of services offered to include companion animals and wildlife species, to develop a range of laboratory diagnostic services to support disease eradication programmes and to support field practitioners in disease diagnosis.

Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans said: “I am pleased to officially open the Wales Veterinary Science Centre, which will significantly strengthen and enhance the important contribution the veterinary profession makes to rural life in Wales and raises standards of animal health and welfare.


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