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New District Veterinary Services in the Mudgee Region

New Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) District Vet Nigel Gillian is looking forward to working with Mudgee landholders to control new diseases and maintain our access to local and international markets.

Central Tablelands LLS has appointed Nigel Gillian as a new district vet to the Mudgee Region.

Biosecurity and animal health across the Central Tablelands is a responsibility taken very seriously by LLS, who are committed to helping keep properties productive.

LLS delivers the frontline public animal health service in NSW. Vets and stock inspectors are able to be mobilised quickly when a response is required, for example, during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak.

Bruce Watt, Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency management comments, "Our veterinarians and biosecurity officers deliver a range of national, state and local programs all aimed at safeguarding market access and enhance livestock productivity.

"District vets like Nigel are responsible for carrying out in-the-field investigations into animal health issues on local properties.

"We then collate surveillance reports at a regional level to identify trends and areas for improvement," said Mr Watt.

Nigel brings with him a wealth of experience in investigating livestock health problems on a flock or herd basis. Previously Nigel worked as a NSW Department of Primary Industries Vet based in Bourke. Nigel will be on the front foot from day one working towards the prevention of threats towards one of NSW's most productive livestock regions.

Some of the threats Nigel and his LLS colleagues will be working with landholders to manage include the control of new diseases, reduction of chemical residues in meat and improvement in food safety issues. All of which ensures the maintenance of access to highly profitable local and international markets.

"I am looking forward to working across the Mudgee district," said Nigel Gillian.

"I am going to be working hard to deliver to the community in this region and build a strong rapport with the great producers across the area".

LLS also assist animal welfare agencies with livestock animal welfare issues and deal with livestock concerns during emergencies such as drought, bushfires and floods.

Emergency animal diseases are likely to have severe consequences for livestock productivity, trade or possibly even human health. By remaining vigilant and acting quickly if you suspect an emergency animal disease, you may be able to prevent these consequences.

Central Tablelands LLS District Vets can be contacted by calling 1300 795 299 or to report an outbreak call the national Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888. For information or advice contact your LLS District Vet, a DPI vet or your private vet.

Media contact:          Rodney Campbell 0447 430 160 | rodney.campbell@lls.nsw.gov.au