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.
Defra has now confirmed a case of H7N7 avian influenza (bird flu) in Lancashire.
A temporary control zone imposed on Friday at the affected farm has now been replaced by a 10 kilometre surveillance zone and an inner 3 kilometre protection zone. Restrictions remain in place and the humane culling of all birds at the farm is continuing.
BVA and BVPA emphasise Public Health England advice that the risk to public health from this strain is very low and that the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk to consumers.
The restrictions mean that all poultry farms within the 10 kilometre control zone around the infected premises are not allowed to move poultry, captive birds or other mammals except under licence.
The quick identification of the suspected case and the swift precautionary measures to contain the disease illustrate the ongoing importance of a robust veterinary surveillance system working in sync with government departments such as Defra.
BVA and BVPA will continue to work with Defra as the Department keeps the situation under review.
BVA and BVPA joins Defra in urging all bird keepers to be vigilant for any signs of disease, to report suspect disease to their nearest APHA office and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.
Notes to editors
- For more information visit the Defra 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