The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency merged on 1st April to create the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA). Both agencies work to combat animal diseases and it is reported that bringing together their services, expertise and scientific capability will create a stronger organisation capable of providing a range of vital services to the livestock farming industry and related sectors.
The merger will increase the resilience of the combined agency's operations in a difficult financial climate. Joining the two organisations creates new and wider opportunities to identify more cost effective, flexible and robust ways of working.
Catherine Brown, AHVLA's chief executive said: "During a time of great pressure on the public purse the merger of Animal Health and the VLA will create a single, more robust, supplier of high qualify veterinary services and science, and enhance our ability to respond to animal disease outbreaks."