Vet on foot-and-mouth trip to Nepal

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Oamaru veterinarian Ivan Holloway leaves tomorrow for Nepal on an investigative trip to learn more about foot-and-mouth disease.

Mr Holloway was asked to apply for the week-long trip, which is being organised by the European Union Foot-and-Mouth Commission in conjunction with the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries.

A mixture of MPI and private practice veterinarians together with other industry representatives will fly into Kathmandu where they will see the disease first-hand.

Foot-and-mouth is endemic in Nepal, so Mr Holloway said they would be sure to find cases to study.

As well as being a private practitioner, he is an initial response veterinarian who is trained to respond to phone calls to the 0800 Exotic Diseases number. This, he said, probably contributed to his selection to go to Nepal.

“They also wanted to take people that had longevity in the industry.

“The ministry are wanting to strengthen the network of people that can deal with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth.”

Mr Holloway will not be able to work as a production animal vet for seven days after his return to New Zealand.

By LINDA MCCARTHY