New Vic chief vet appointed
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.