New Vic chief vet ap­pointed

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - News -

CHARLES Milne has been an­nounced as Vic­to­ria’s new chief vet­eri­nary of­fi­cer.

Vic­to­ria’s min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity Peter Walsh said that Pro­fes­sor Milne, for­merly chief vet­eri­nary of­fi­cer (CVO) to Scot­land, was well suited to the role due to his vast ex­pe­ri­ence in food safety and an­i­mal dis­ease.

“As CVO Scot­land, Pro­fes­sor Milne pro­vided high-qual­ity and timely vet­eri­nary ad­vice on the preven­tion and con­trol of ex­otic and en­demic an­i­mal dis­ease, vet­eri­nary pub­lic health, in­ter­na­tional trade and an­i­mal wel­fare,” Mr Walsh said.

“Dur­ing his six-year ten­ure as CVO Scot­land he over­saw the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s re­sponse to the Foot and Mouth Dis­ease (FMD) out­break in South East Eng­land in 2007 and de­vel­oped nu­mer­ous an­i­mal dis­ease and wel­fare strate­gies.

“Pro­fes­sor Milne also de­vel­oped an an­i­mal health and wel­fare scheme for Scot­land – the first of its type in Europe which has since been widely adopted.

“Prepa­ra­tion, and hav­ing the right skills and people is cru­cial in re­spond­ing to any fu­ture an­i­mal health and dis­ease is­sues in Vic­to­ria,” said the pro­fes­sor, a for­mer Food Stan­dards Agency di­rec­tor for Scot­land.

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