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Chinese delegation visits Bristol’s Vet School

The Chinese visitors with academics from the School of Veterinary Sciences

The Chinese visitors with academics from the School of Veterinary Sciences Tracy Dewey

Press release issued: 7 December 2011

A delegation from the China Animal Disease Control Centre (CADC) visited the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences yesterday [Tuesday 6 December].

The visitors were in Bristol to learn about the Vet School’s teaching and research activities, to share information about disease control in farm animals and to discuss potential areas of emerging disease problems.

Dr Becky Whay, Head of the Animal Welfare and Behaviour research group in the School of Veterinary Sciences, said: “Agriculture in China is growing at a phenomenally fast rate and this was a great opportunity for us to share knowledge and experiences about farm animal welfare, control of infectious disease and public health.”

The Head of the School of Veterinary Sciences, Professor Jo Price, welcomed the delegates before academics spoke on a range of topics.

The speakers included:

  • Dr Becky Whay, Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Behaviour, gave an introduction to the Vet School’s animal welfare and behaviour research.
  • Professor David Barrett, Professor of Bovine Medicine, Production and Reproduction, discussed the control of endemic livestock diseases in the UK.
  • Professor Mark Eisler, Professor of Global Farm Animal Health, gave an overview, with examples, about the control of exotic notifiable diseases in the UK.
  • Dr Ed van Klink, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health, talked about the British animal health and hygiene inspection procedure.

 The CADC opened in Beijing, China, in 2006, in an effort to upgrade scientific research on animal disease control.

The CADC is affiliated to the Veterinary Bureau of the Agriculture Ministry, which is responsible for the prevention, control and treatment of animal diseases in China.


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