TB eradicator gets Royal approval
PROFESSOR Christianne Glossop has won a Royal award for her efforts to eradicate bovine TB from the UK cattle herd.
Prof Glossop, the Welsh Assembly chief vet, was presented with the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ Princess Royal Award by Her Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace on Thursday (March 11) in recognition of her outstanding services to the industry.
David Cotton, RABDF chairman, said Prof Glossop had dedicated her 30 year career to improving the health and welfare of livestock, most notably in its battle against TB.
“The award recognises her continued drive, enthusiasm and determination in the face of strong opposition, to move the issue forward and help the long term health and welfare of British livestock,” he said.
Prof Glossop first dealt with severe TB breakdowns in Gloucester, where she worked as a vet for Animal Health, in the wake of the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak.
“There I saw first hand the devastating effect this disease can have not only on farm businesses, but also on farming families,” she said.
She has since been instrumental in devising and implementing TB control and eradication measures, including a controlled cull, in Wales where she became chief vet in 2005.
“When I took up the post I recognised the significant challenge of TB in the Welsh cattle herd. I was determined simply to be a vet when it came to tackling this issue, applying the basic principles of infectious disease control.
“Since then, I’ve applied my knowledge and experience of population medicine, working in close conjunction with specialists in all relevant scientific fields.
“Within Wales, we are building a comprehensive TB eradication strategy. This is a collaborative effort that depends on honest appraisal of the facts, and full co-operation across all those affected by and involved in the problem - farmers, vets, auctioneers, local authorities and policy makers.
“TB eradication is an ambitious objective, but it has been achieved in Australia, and the New Zealand programme is making excellent progress.
“I’m confident that we can beat this crippling disease here if we work together, bear down hard on infection, apply all the lessons learned already and embrace new technologies as they become available.
“This is a battle we have to win,” she said.