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Nationwide meetings on bTB in camelids

PUBLISHED: 15:08 29 December 2009 | UPDATED: 08:34 28 March 2014

DECEMBER 29, 2009: The British Alpaca Society is organising a series of meetings across the country to give information about bovine tuberculosis, which is increasingly affecting camelids in the UK.

The British Alpaca Society issued this press release about the meetings:

Do you own an Alpaca or a Llama?
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a serious, notifiable disease. It is mainly seen in cattle but is increasingly affecting camelids (alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicunas) in the UK. The number of herds currently affected is small but significant and the British Alpaca Society (BAS), in conjunction with the British Llama Society, British Camelids Ltd and the British Veterinary Camelid Society, is making strenuous efforts to inform camelid owners about the disease and how they may reduce the risks to their own and other herds.

As part of this ongoing effort, the BAS has organised 14 meetings at venues in different parts of England, Wales and Scotland at which renowned camelid vet, Dr Gina Bromage, MA, Vet MB, DVM, MRCVS, will give the veterinary perspective on the facts about the disease. She will also discuss the symptoms that may be evident and the precautions that owners can take to reduce the risk of infection within their herd. The presentation will also include actions to be taken if TB is suspected or confirmed within a herd and the tests that are available. Owners will be free to ask questions to clarify points raised.

Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency are supporting this initiative.

The meetings are free to all camelid owners. They will take place between Thursday 14 January and Monday 1 March at locations from the south west of England to Scotland and from Wales to East Anglia. This is a unique opportunity for camelid owners to learn about the disease and understand how they can be on the lookout for symptoms and take the necessary precautions to keep their herd disease-free.

Details of the dates, venues and times are given below. It would be helpful if you could inform the BAS of the meeting you plan to attend by e-mailing secretary@bas-uk.com Details are also available on the BAS website (www.bas-uk.com) which includes further information regarding bTB in camelids.

Dates and locations are:
Thursday 14 January – Holiday Inn, Bristol – 19.30
Saturday 16 January – Best Western Crown Hotel, Lyndhurst, Southampton – 19.30
Saturday 23 January – Wetherby Town Hall – 14.00
Monday 8 February – The Marriott Hotel, Swansea – 19.30
Saturday 13 February – Best Western Reigate Manor Hotel – 12.00
Saturday 13 February – Premier Inn, Daventry – 19.30
Sunday 14 February – The Cambridge Belfry – 13.00
Sunday 14 February – School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonnington, Nottingham – 19.30
Monday 15 February – Premier Inn Cannock South – 19.30
Saturday 20 February – Jury's Inn, Exeter – 19.30
Sunday 21 February – Westberry Hotel, Bodmin – 14.30
Saturday 27 February – The Best Western Cumbria Park Hotel – 19.30
Saturday 28 February – Premier Inn, Glasgow Airport – 19.30
Monday 1 March – Premier Inn Preston East – 19.30

On Saturday 13 March, James Barnett, a veterinary investigation officer with the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Truro, will be speaking on 'The VLA, Disease Surveillance and Camelids' at the National Beekeeping Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG. This talk will follow the Annual General Meetings of the British Alpaca Society and the British Llama Society. It is expected to begin around 14.00 and is open to non-members.


Full details of each meeting:


SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
Thursday 14 January – 7.30 pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Bristol – Filton
Filton Road
Bristol
BS16 1QZ
Tel: 0871 942 9014

SOUTHERN ENGLAND
Saturday 16 January – 7.30 pm
Venue: Best Western Crown Hotel
High Street
Lyndhurst
Nr Southampton
S043 7NF
Tel: 0238 0282 922

YORKSHIRE
Saturday 23 January – 2.00 pm
Venue: Wetherby Town Hall
The Town Hall
Market Place
Wetherby
LS22 6NE
Tel: 01937 583584

WALES
Monday 8 February – 7.30 pm
Venue: The Marriot Hotel
Maritime Quarter
Swansea
SA1 3SS
Tel: 01179 275702

SOUTH EAST ENGLAND
Saturday 13 February – 12.00 noon
Venue: Best Western Reigate Manor Hotel
Reigate Hill
Reigate
Surrey
RH2 9PF
Tel: 01737 240125

EAST MIDLANDS
Saturday 13 February – 7.30 pm
Venue: Premier Inn Daventry
High St
Weedon
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN7 4PX
Tel: 0870 990 6364
www.premierinn.com

EAST ANGLIA
Sunday 14 February – 1.00 pm
Venue: The Cambridge Belfry
Cambourne
Cambridge
CB23 6BW
Tel: 01954 714600

NORTH MIDLANDS
Sunday 14 February – 7.30 pm
Venue: School of Veterinary Medicine & Science
University of Nottingham
College Road
Sutton Bonnington
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE12 5RD
Tel: 0115 951 6413
www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet

WEST MIDLANDS
Monday 15 February – 7.30 pm
Venue: Premier Inn Cannock South
Watling Street
Cannock
Staffordshire
WS11 1SJ
Tel 0870 197 7048

DEVON
Saturday 20 February – 7.30 pm
Venue: Jury’s Inn
Western Way
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2DB
Tel: 01392 312400

CORNWALL
Sunday 21 February – 2.30 pm
Venue: Westberry Hotel
Rhind Street
Bodmin
PL31 2EL
Tel: 01208 72772

CUMBRIA
Saturday 27 February – 7.30 pm
Venue: The Best Western Cumbria Park Hotel
32 Scotland Road
Carlisle
CA3 9DG
Tel: 01228 522887

SCOTLAND
Sunday 28 February – 7.30 pm
Venue: Premier Inn – Glasgow Airport
Whitecart Road
Glasgow Airport
Paisley
Scotland
PA3 2TH
Tel: 0870 238 3321
www.premierinn.com

NORTH WEST ENGLAND
Monday 1 March – 7.30 pm
Venue: Premier Inn Preston East
Bluebell Way
Preston East Link Road
Fulwood
Preston
PR2 5PZ
Tel: 0870 197 7215
www.premierinn.com

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