Welcome to the British Veterinary Poultry Association
Introduction to the BVPA
The British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) was founded in 1956 and is an active non-territorial division of the British Veterinary Association. Its membership is open to poultry veterinarians and scientists working with poultry. BVPA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2006.
The objective of the BVPA is to further the knowledge of its members, who are drawn from academia, research, commerce and practice, by holding educational and technical meetings. This is achieved by holding three meetings (winter, spring and summer) a year.
Outbreak of avian influenza in Fife. (January 2016)
A suspected outbreak of avian influenza in chickens has been reported on a farm in Fife.
Initial test results indicate the presence of a notifiable strain of avian influenza (H5). The clinical picture suggests that this is a Low Pathogenic strain and further testing is underway to confirm this.
Restrictions have been imposed on the suspected premises and any identified contact premises. The birds at the suspect premises will be humanely culled and a 1 km Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) has been put in place around the farm. Within the zone a range of different controls are in place, which include restrictions of the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.
BVA President Sean Wensley said:
“This suspected outbreak is further evidence of the vital surveillance role played by frontline vets in protecting animal and, by extension, human health. We commend the veterinary surgeon involved in detecting the outbreak in Fife, which has enabled a swift and effective response by the Scottish Government and all other organisations involved.
“We urge poultry keepers and vets working in the area to remain vigilant and to report any concerns to their local Animal Plant & Health Agency (APHA) office. We would like to emphasise that there is no food safety risk to the public.”
Notes to editors
- More information about avian influenza - including biosecurity guidance - is available from the Scottish Government website :
- For APHA contact details visit:
- Defra guidance on avian influenza:
- To contact the BVA media office call 020 7908 6340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Merit Award for BVPA Members
BVPA members was awarded the Special Merit Award by the British Poultry Council at their awards ceremony at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on 8th December. The award was made ‘as a mark of appreciation from the Poultry Industry of the United Kingdom’ and was ‘For excellence in AI and Contingency Planning’. Photos of the ceremony are on the BPC website at http://www.britishpoultry.org.uk/category/release/