Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed the announcement of investment in the veterinary disease surveillance centre in Inverness.
SRUC confirmed yesterday (Wednesday 18th) that their veterinary disease surveillance centre, which they operate on behalf of the Scottish Government, would continue with investment in a new post mortem facility for the region.
The investment follows months of campaigning from farmers and vets who feared the Highlands and Islands would be left without any disease surveillance if investment was withdrawn.
Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur made representations last year to the former Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead highlighting the need for farmers and vets in the islands to get timely access to diagnostic and veterinary advice and support.
Commenting, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“Given the scale of livestock farming across the county there are few areas in Scotland that have a greater need for good disease surveillance and access to timely veterinary advice and support.
“The announcement of investment in a new SAC Disease Surveillance Centre in Inverness is certainly welcome news. Indeed, credit must be given to farmers and vets from Orkney and across the region who have strongly made the case for these vital services to be protected.
“Now that investment for a continued post-mortem facility in Inverness has been confirmed the sector will have the opportunity to consider how best to structure disease surveillance across the region. This is something I will look to ensure the new Rural Affairs Secretary addresses over the coming months.”