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Scanning surveillance and APHA’s diagnostic service

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Scanning surveillance

Veterinary scanning surveillance enables early detection and investigation of new or re-emerging animal diseases, and helps us to understand disease patterns and trends.

The APHA diagnostic service is the cornerstone of the scanning surveillance system in England and Wales. It is delivered by our network of Veterinary Investigation Centres and partner post mortem providers.

We offer post mortem examinations and diagnostic testing, as well as advice and support, to veterinary surgeons in practice to diagnose, control and prevent disease in farm animals.

You don't have to send in a submission to access our advice or to raise an alert about a potential new or re-emerging animal disease – we are here to support you.

The information captured from your submissions, and other discussions, contributes to identifying new or re-emerging threats to animal and public health. Our surveillance experts use this information and communicate their findings through various surveillance reports.

Animal health surveillance is overseen by the UK Surveillance Forum (UKSF) which includes the Chief Veterinary Officers and policy representations from all four administrations. The UKSF has published the UK approach to animal health surveillance, which sets out the requirements for successful surveillance. This relies on partnerships between APHA, APHA's partner post mortem providers, livestock keepers, private veterinary surgeons and other stakeholders.

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