Many BCVA members will be aware that COVID and lockdown necessitated several temporary amendments to TB testing rules to allow testing to continue as much as possible, whilst trying to keep farmers and vets safe.
In England, one of these amendments was to extend the testing window, which allowed a delay in carrying out the test for up to 2 months for certain test types. Applications for delays were only ever designed to be applied for once, and the concession was probably most used during the peak of lockdown restrictions.
Due to dwindling demand, APHA have confirmed in a meeting with BCVA president Nikki Hopkins last week, that this amendment has not been extended past the original cease date of 30th June 2020. However, we are acutely aware that flexibility is essential in these still uncertain times, and have gained assurance from APHA that individual circumstances relating to COVID, that make TB testing difficulties for practice or farmer, will still be considered for extension requests in specific circumstances.
The guidelines are as follows:
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