Rossdales Laboratories is proud to have been selected by The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) to provide diagnostic laboratory services for essential equine infectious disease surveillance. These services were previously performed at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) prior to its closure in July 2020. Rossdales has just completed the development of new tissue culture and virus isolation facilities, which was supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership through the Growing Business Fund, as well as employing three new experienced lab technicians. We’re delighted to be able to welcome the former AHT laboratory technical staff, Liz Medcalf, Toni-ann Hammond and Emma Osman (pictured), to the Rossdales Laboratories team.
Since the closure of the AHT, the surveillance services have been provided by the former AHT team headed by Dr Richard Newton on a temporary basis under contract to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). This team will now be employed by Cambridge University under the new agreement and will continue to respond to disease outbreak incidents and to produce daily updates on infectious disease reports worldwide for the benefit of the health of all horses, Thoroughbred and non-Thoroughbred.
Dr Alastair Foote, director of Rossdales Laboratories, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the HBLB contract, and to be able to provide continuity of the former AHT services that were critical to the equine industry, maintaining essential diagnostic testing and surveillance work. Our recent major investment in new laboratory facilities at our Newmarket site has meant we have been able to rapidly accommodate the necessary testing requirements, with new tissue culture and virus isolation facilities, and we look forward to working alongside the surveillance and research team at Cambridge.”
Image L-R: Emma Osman, Liz Medcalf and Toni-ann Hammond
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