Transfer of Fera’s Wildlife Team to Animal Health and Veterinaries Laboratory Agency

As of 1st April 2013, the Fera Wildlife Programme will transfer into the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), which like Fera is an Executive Agency of Defra.

The move will lead to a better alignment of the services the Wildlife Programme and AHVLA provide to Government and commercial customers.

Fera and AHVLA already work closely together and the move will not affect this close working relationship or the Wildlife Programme’s access to Fera’s scientific expertise in analytical chemistry, bio-infomatics, statistical analysis and molecular biology.

There are no plans to relocate any teams either from the Sand Hutton, York or the Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire sites.

The only thing to change is the logo used on letterheads and business cards. However, in due course AHVLA will be in touch with those customers involved in contractual issues to begin the process of transferring arrangements to the new organisation.

It is also worth noting that the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) will also transfer to AHVLA on 1 April 2013 from its current home in Fera. Whilst independent of Fera, the Secretariat, which provides support and advice to the Intergovernmental Programme Board on non-native species, has close links and synergies with the work of the Wildlife Programme and hence will be better provided from within AHVLA.