Welcome to the Camelid Voluntary Health Scheme for Bovine Tuberculosis.
An introduction to the scheme
The scheme is set up to provide a voluntary private system for herd surveillance for bovine TB (bTB) in the camelid industry. The scheme has been developed over the last two years in conjunction with DEFRA, APHA and representative groups of the camelid industry. The aim of the scheme is to maintain the integrity and security of the British Camelid Industry health status and thereby increase commercial opportunities for its members including the export of stock to Europe. By having animals tested the scheme will seek to clarify the herd or individual animals infection status in relation to bovine TB at the time of testing. It is important to note that this scheme is not an accreditation scheme for bTB i.e. it is not guaranteeing a herds continued freedom from infection.
The links below provide all the necessary information to both understand the process by which the scheme operates and how to apply to undertake testing.
How the scheme operates
Please click on the relevant link below to understand how the scheme will operate under the different scenarios for voluntary testing.
- Herd level testing to clarify freedom from infection
- Testing individual stock prior to movement or pre/post purchase to ascertain infection status
- Pre export testing
The process by which animals are tested
- How to apply and the rules governing the scheme – click here for further information
- How Blood testing should be performed – click here for the required sampling protocol
- Testing with the Enferplex test – click here for more detail on the test
- Reporting of results – Click here for more information
- The cost of testing – Click here for more information
To see the BAS/DEFRA agreed document on the process for different testing scenarios please click on the pdf under Applicable Documents.