Please find below an update and key points for PVPs which have arisen recently.
Identifying blood samples:
The majority of blood samples received, related to the BVD Eradication programme, are inadequately labelled and without supporting AHWNI paperwork which is negatively impacting on turnaround times. The full animal ID and the details of the submitting PVP MUST be provided together with the appropriate submission form sent to the herdowner by AHWNI.
The PVP should clearly declare that the sample relates to the BVD Eradication Programme.
These should be collected 3-4 weeks after the initial ear tag sample as this will allow TI animals to become negative. These animals should be strictly isolated from notification of an initial positive result pending the result of retest. PVPs are encouraged to also test dams of positive or inconclusive calves for BVDV. Movement of DAMPI animals is restricted . PVPS can choose a designated laboratory but should be aware that NOT all laboratories offer PCR testing which is essential on blood samples of calves<75 days old. Failure to test by PCR will lead to rejection of a result by the database and you will be charged by the laboratory.
Upload of other BVD test results to the AHWNI database:
Any BVD virus test results can be uploaded to the AHWNI database by a designated laboratory. They may require certain data permissions from the herd owner. Assuming the animal is negative, the herd owner could create a negative declaration for the animal from within the AHWNI database. You will find further information regarding this process at the following links: https://www.afbini.gov.uk/articles/ni-bvd-eradication-programme
AHWNI database Management:
If you are unsure of your practice login, contact email@example.com. which is also useful for viewing herd results and accessing submission forms or negative declarations.
If a herd owner wishes to change their veterinary practice, they must contact AHWNI directly.