21.03.2019

Delivering excellence in veterinary surveillance and research for Scotland

Mairi Gougeon MSP visits the new laboratory
Mairi Gougeon MSP, reveals plaque for new laboratory
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A new centre for animal disease surveillance and research was opened today (21 March 2019) by Mairi Gougeon MSP, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment.

Based at Moredun’s Pentlands Science Park, the new SRUC Veterinary and Analytical Laboratory is at the centre of a strategic partnership between Moredun and SRUC to advance livestock health, welfare production, disease surveillance, and resilience through joint research.

The new facilities and enhanced partnership working will lead to faster, more reliable and more efficient diagnoses of livestock animal diseases for the whole of Scotland.

Ms Gougeon said: “The new SRUC central laboratory will enhance veterinary surveillance in Scotland and will create a centre of excellence at the Moredun Institute, further strengthening Scotland’s capacity and expertise in animal health. The laboratory will help to protect and develop our valuable livestock sector and the contribution it makes to the rural economy, I look forward to seeing how this work progresses in the future.”

Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, said: “Animal health is a cornerstone of a thriving rural economy and the new SRUC Veterinary and Analytical Laboratory offers a step-change in disease surveillance for the whole of the country. Working with the excellent team at the Moredun Institute, this centre of excellence offers us new opportunities for research and collaboration. Partnerships like ours are the future of rural technology research for Scotland.”

Lee Innes, Communications Director at Moredun said: “We are delighted to welcome our SRUC colleagues to Moredun and look forward to strengthening the relationships between the two organisations to bring the research and surveillance together to create a centre of excellence in veterinary science."

The Scottish Government has supported the creation of the new laboratory through the Scottish Funding Council’s Financial Transactions Programme.