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TASAH – Biosecurity Review (Poultry)

Introduction to the Targeted Advisory Service on Animal Health (TASAH) and training opportunities for veterinary practitioners working in the poultry industry.

As part of the Rural Development Plan 2014-2020, co-funded by the Irish government and the EU, funding has been provided for a Targeted Advisory Service on Animal Health (TASAH), for a biosecurity assessment of commercial poultry units (broilers, layers, turkey and breeders). These biosecurity assessments, delivered by trained veterinary practitioners, will enable farmers to engage with their veterinary practitioner to improve their biosecurity at farm level.

To participate in the programme, PVPs must first complete specialist training, which is being offered by AHI. The training will have a particular focus on biosecurity for poultry using the tool (BiocheckUGent) developed by Ghent University. The review will follow a standard approach to assess both bioexclusion (external biosecurity; measures to prevent disease entering a unit) and biocontainment (internal biosecurity; measures to prevent disease spreading within a unit), separately for broiler, layer, turkey and breeder units. On completion, a trained PVP will be in a position to provide a free biosecurity assessment to their eligible poultry farming clients.

This specialist training is open to all veterinary practitioners working with poultry (broilers, layers, turkey and breeders) farmers.

Details of the next series of TASAH training events related with poultry will be available soon.

Training Expression of Interest Form

Please note the following veterinary practitioners have been trained for broilers, layers, breeders and turkeys:

Name Veterinary Practice
Ciaran Cunningham Agrihealth Veterinary Services
Colman Kelliher St Davids Poultry Supplies (Limerick)
Frank Clerkin Poultry Veterinary Services
James Clerkin Jr Virginia Veterinary Hospital
PJ O’Reilly Agrihealth Veterinary Services
Rebecca McAllister St David’s Poultry Supplies (Dungannon)
Ryan Houston St David’s Poultry Supplies (Dungannon)

Please note the following veterinary practitioners have been trained for broilers and layers only:

Name Veterinary Practice
Aonghus Lane St Davids Poultry Supplies (Dungannon)
Callum Turner St Davids Poultry Supplies (Limerick)
Daniel Tobin Tobin Veterinary Services
Matthew Fitzgerald Matthew Fitzgerald Veterinary Practice
Michael McCreesh St Davids Poultry Supplies (Monaghan)
Pat Kirwan Highfield Veterinary Group
Raymond O’Hare All Creatures Veterinary Group (Cootehill)

Contact details for all of the above participating veterinary practitioners are available on the map below.

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