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O’Neill: Accurate veterinary certification essential to facilitate exports

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill today visited Parkview Veterinary Clinic in Strabane where she met with private veterinary practitioners certifying exports.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Minister said: "I am committed to growing exports of our high quality produce and understand the importance that accurate veterinary certification plays in facilitating this. As well as undertaking the role of certifying exports, private vets also play an important role in protecting our industry’s reputation for high quality livestock and produce."

Minister O’Neill continued: "I was pleased to visit the Parkview Veterinary Practice and discuss the importance of providing a high standard of veterinary certification at all times to ensure current export markets remain open for our industry. I would encourage private vets acting as Authorised Veterinary Inspectors (AVIs) to make use of the guidance and training provided to support them in this very important role."

Veterinary Service provides training to AVIs to ensure robust standards of certification are in place for exports. Composite guidance documents are also made available to AVIs via the DARD Internet to assist them in this role as accurately completed certification is essential in order to maintain the high reputation of produce from the north.

Notes to editors:

  1. Parkview, which covers the two locations of Strabane and Castlederg, is an established veterinary clinic where four of their Veterinary Practitioners are qualified as Authorised Veterinary Inspectors (AVIs) and certify exports on behalf of DARD.
  2. All media queries should be directed to the DARD Press Office on 028 9052 4619 or email: DARD Press Office. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.