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Jan 21, 2013

Routine TB Testing in BALAI Approved Zoos

Clarification of the rules regarding routine TB testing in BALAI Approved Zoos.

With  rules on routine TB testing for livestock changing on a regular basis we have sought clarification from Defra on routine TB surveillance testing on BALAI approved zoo sites

 If you are a BALAI approved zoo:

1. Domestic livestock species (including Ankole, Highland Cattle etc) can be subject to local domestic animal routine TB testing frequency using powers under EC Directive 64/432.

2. American Bison (Bison Bison) and Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) ARE listed in EC Directive 64/432 and can be tested within the same rules as domestic livestock.

 For ALL other species - should you be requested to undertake routine TB testing - you should request to see a ZOO SITE SPECIFIC RISK ASSESSMENT and ask under which Legislation AHVLA is using to have the legal powers to do the testing and receive this in writing BEFORE allowing the testing. Do explain to the officials that many animals will have to be anaesthetised at least once and possibley twice to undertake the testing and ask for evidence of the effectiveness and reliability of the test they intend to use in the species concerned.

 PLEASE NOTE - This information is only relevant to routine TB surveillance testing.

Pre-movement TB and Brucellosis testing, is a legal requirement under the BALAI Directive which can be avoided by a specific derogation (exception) at the discretion, based on risk, of AHVLA and the receiving institution and country.

This information is also not relevant if you have an outbreak of TB on your premises as in this situatiuon you would lose your BALAI Approved status.

 Please contact Matt in the BIAZA Office if you need further advice.


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