In a recent report by the OIE, on the Performance of [Government] Veterinary Services, they state: "It was highlighted that staff levels in some jurisdictions are not just stretched for emergencies but they are stretched now and these services are managing to cope because they are prioritising work and some work is not being carried out fully or at all. In several jurisdictions staff levels are seen as severely inadequate… concerns about increasing costs and delays in the laboratory services required for effective surveillance. There are some difficulties as well in providing veterinary cover in remote areas. Areas of reduced rural laboratory services occur in some jurisdictions… and may be stretched beyond their limits in case of animal disease emergencies." – source:
This will negatively impact your bottom-line.
You can support your state veterinary laboratories by using veterinarians who know how, and what to submit to the labs for testing, as part of your aquatic animal health management plan.
Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.