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VLA safeguards public and animal health by detecting and diagnosing farm animal diseases. We also maintain a disease emergency response capability for the Government.

We are a national and international laboratory for many diseases and internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in veterinary research.

We also offer commercial services, please click on the VLA Scientific logo.

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World Veterinary Year 2011 LogoWorld Veterinary Year 2011

This year marks the 250th anniversary of veterinary education, the veterinary profession and the concept of comparative pathobiology.

See the World Veterinary Year 2011 website for further details on the history of the veterinary profession and various events being held to mark this anniversary.

Image for seminarIntegrating veterinary pathology into basic research

This seminar day is organised by VLA, University of Surrey, RVC and IAH. It will take place on the 1 June at the University of Surrey. There is no charge to attend, although early registration is recommended.

Image of lambsAdvice to pregnant women during the lambing season

Defra, the Department of Health and the Health and Safety Executive have advised that pregnant women should avoid close contact with sheep during the lambing season.

Herdsure LogoHerdsure® works in partnership on the South West Healthy Livestock Initiative

Herdsure® is working with industry to control BVD and Johne‚Äôs disease in beef and dairy herds in South West England.

Royal Holloway ImageAHVLA International Conference 2011

The conference will take place at the Royal Holloway, University of London, UK on the 13 - 15 September 2011. Registration opens on the 25 March 2011.


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VLA is an Executive Agency of the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs