Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
[Amt fuer Tiergesundheit und Tierversuche]
Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) is an executive agency working on behalf of the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government. The agency was formed on 1 April 2011, following the merger of Animal Health Office (AHO) and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). They safeguard animal health and welfare as well as public health, protect the economy and enhance food security through research, surveillance and inspection. They primarily work to prevent and control animal disease across Great Britain through activities on farms, at markets and other livestock-related premises, and through specialist veterinary laboratory and scientific services. The AHVLA is also responsible for advising policy-making departments and providing veterinary evidence base for animal health and welfare policy decisions. Their range of functions include research and consultancy, the surveillance and management of disease controls, including import and export controls, and protecting the nation’s food supply through egg marketing and dairy hygiene inspections. The AHVLA also has global responsibilities, notably acting as the national, European and international reference laboratory for several exotic and zoonotic notifiable diseases, and protecting CITES listed endangered species through our wildlife registration and licensing role.
Agriculture, Medicine
Großbritannien und Nordirland
13. Mai 2011
10. Nov 2011