SRUC upgrading St Boswells animal disease surveillance centre

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is investing £500,000 to upgrade the veterinary disease surveillance centre in St Boswells,in the Scottish Borders.

The refurbishment of the veterinary disease surveillance centre will extend the life of the building for decades and improve the facilities to support animal health and livestock production.

The works will overhaul the interior and exterior, and upgrade the lab facilities and employee spaces. The post-mortem room will be upgraded with a new hydraulic table and a new design of cradle to improve efficiency and safety when examining adult cattle post mortem. Floor, wall and drainage improvements will maximise hygiene and safety.

New energy-saving lighting will help reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

Based at Greycrook in St Boswells, SRUC Veterinary Services provides animal health diagnostics for livestock across the Borders, Midlothian and East Lothian and more widely when required.

The St Boswells veterinary team support farm veterinary practitioners in their work to reduce the impact of disease on livestock and also contribute to the collection of disease information that is used nationally to improve livestock production efficiency and animal welfare throughout Scotland.

George Caldow, head of SRUC Veterinary Services, said: “The St Boswells centre is an important part of the national disease surveillance programme helping to improve animal health and support farm production.

“The refurbishment of St Boswells will help secure this service for many years to come and provide a focal point for farm animal health across the region.”

The post-mortem room is now closed for a few weeks while the refurbishment work is carried out. The veterinary team will provide post-mortem services from an alternative location nearby. More information has been sent to veterinary practitionerswho should be the point of call for farmers.

 

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