The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has praised the Welsh Government’s One Health approach for the new Animal Health and Welfare Implementation Plan.
The implementation plan sets out the Welsh Government’s priorities for the next few years (2022-2024) and was released by Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths yesterday (Tuesday 4 January).
“There is so much to welcome in this comprehensive plan and we are delighted to see vets placed at the center of the implementation of these key actions to improve animal health and welfare across Wales Said Collin Willson, president of the Welsh branch of BVA.
“We are particularly pleased to see the plan fit into a One Health approach, which recognizes the interdependence of animals, humans and the environment,” he added.
In particular, BVA welcomed the following aspects of the plan:
- Recognition of the veterinary role in improving animal health and welfare through the animal health improvement cycle;
- Commitment to uphold animal welfare standards and to protect and promote “Brand Wales” in future trade agreements;
- A common approach to veterinary surveillance across the UK;
- Targeted plans to tackle priority animal diseases, such as BVD and sheep mange;
- A renewed commitment to introduce video surveillance in slaughterhouses;
- Plans to create a national model for animal welfare regulation.
“As veterinarians, we are eager to work alongside our colleagues from other disciplines to address some of the biggest challenges we face as a society – from antimicrobial resistance to climate change,” continued Willson.
This is an ambitious plan, and it is essential that there is a commitment to adequate funding and legislation to underpin actions and ensure they are achievable.
“Animal diseases do not respect borders. Therefore, collaboration and coordination across the UK will also be important, while exploiting the opportunity to promote and improve ‘Brand Wales’ as a leader in animal health and welfare. “