The Institute for Animal Health has since 2007 invested £30M in facility improvements and new infrastructure developments with a further £100M+ investment underway due to complete in 2014.
News from May 2011
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has officially declared that rinderpest (cattle plague) has been eradicated. All 198 countries that have animals susceptible to this devastating disease have been recognised as rinderpest-free. This announcement was made at the 79th General Session of the OIE World Assembly of National Delegates in Paris on 25th May 2011.
IAH and collaborators in the University of Edinburgh have uncovered a window of opportunity when it is possible to identify cattle infected with foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) before they become infectious and/or show signs of having the disease. They have published their findings in the journal Science*. IAH experts along with colleagues at Defra (Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs) are now assessing if this window of opportunity can be exploited to reduce the number of animals that are culled during an outbreak.