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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
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Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
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These pages contain information on a number of diseases of animals.
The Animal Health and Welfare Strategy was launched in June 2004. It is a 10 year plan of continuing and lasting improvement in standards of health and welfare of all animals kept for food, sport, work and companionship.
The key principles of the strategy are:
- Working in partnership.
- Promoting the benefits of animal health and welfare: Prevention is better than cure.
- Ensuring a clearer understanding of the costs and benefits of animal health and welfare practice.
- Understanding and accepting roles & responsibilities.
- Delivery and enforcing animal health and welfare standards effectively.
As these principles suggest, we all have a role to play – animal owners and keepers, vets, enforcement bodies and government.
No matter what disease we are concerned about, the basic approach is the same:
- Keep infection out.
- Rapid early identification of infection.
- Stop infection spreading.
- Stamp infection out and/or develop programmes to manage the problem.
Vigilance and good stockmanship are essential in the fight against any animal disease. Maintaining good standards of biosecurity and checking animals regularly for signs of disease are important in reducing the risk of infectious disease introduction and limiting the spread of disease during an outbreak.
Many diseases may not show themselves as dramatic events but can have devastating effects on production and welfare. Stock keepers who utilise animal health planning stand a better chance of detecting disease and can investigate these more effectively together with their vet.
Some infectious diseases are very significant not only for the animals and their keeper but the wider economy and community. These diseases are notifiable by law. Animal keepers should ensure they know and can recognise the basic signs that would alert them to the need to report disease. You should consult your own veterinary surgeon if you have any concerns about the health of your animals.