A list of currently approved tag suppliers of official identification tags by DAFM is available. Herdowners should select a provider of tissue tags suitable for BVD testing from this list and contact them directly to order tags. Note that each tissue tag product should ONLY be sent for testing to laboratories specifically designated to test that product.
After graduating from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zaragoza (Spain) Maria moved to Northern Ireland, where she gained five years of experience as a veterinary practitioner in a mixed practice. She joined the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) as a Veterinary Research Officer in 2005, working initially on contingency planning for epizootic diseases such as avian influenza and swine fever. From January 2008 Maria managed the diagnostic virology laboratory (classical and molecular virology) and serology at AFBI’s Veterinary Sciences Division, becoming Technical Manager for ISO17025 accredited serological and molecular tests. Maria has worked in the AFBI Cattle Health Scheme (CHS) since 2008, leading and coordinating it since 2010. This is a voluntary scheme which provides disease management programmes with the objective of accrediting disease-free or risk level status for bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), infectious bovine rhinotraqueitis (IBR), leptospirosis, neosporosis and Johne’s disease. For the last 10 years she has been involved in several research projects related to endemic diseases of cattle, focusing mostly on BVD and IBR. These projects have studied the diagnosis, epidemiology, cost and control of these diseases. Maria has been a member of Animal Health Ireland BVD and IBR Technical Working Groups since 2010 and 2011 respectively as well Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland BVD Implementation Group since it was set up. She was awarded a PhD from Queens University, Belfast, in 2015 for research on BVD. She has been Head of the Disease Surveillance and Investigation Branch in AFBI which delivers passive animal disease surveillance for Northern Ireland, since 2013 until joining Animal Health Ireland in 2018.
National Reference Laboratory for BVD Virus
The Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Regulations (2017) establish the Veterinary Laboratory Service of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine as the National Reference Laboratory for BVD virus.
Service Provider Portal
The link below to AHI’s Service Provider Portal is for use by trained Veterinary Practitioners, in the context of all TASAH-funded activities including BVD, Irish Johne’s Control Programme, CellCheck, Pig HealthCheck, Poultry and IBR.
Financial Supports Programme
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine will provide the following financial supports to encourage the prompt removal of calves born in 2021 that are persistently infected (PI) with BVD virus.
Submission of Samples
Maps showing distribution of BVD-positive births during each year of the BVD eradication programme.