A case for increased private sector involvement in ireland

A case for increased private sector involvement in ireland's national animal health services

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Non-regulatory animal health issues, such as Johne's disease, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and mastitis will become increasing important, with ongoing globalisation of markets in animals and animal products. In response, Ireland may need to broaden the scope of its national animal health services. However, there have been concerns about the respective roles and responsibilities (both financial and otherwise) of government and industry in any such moves. This paper argues the case for increased private sector involvement in Ireland's national animal health services, based both on theoretical considerations and country case studies (the Netherlands and Australia). The Dutch and Australian case studies present examples of successful partnerships between government and industry, including systems and processes to address non-regulatory animal health issues. In each case, the roles and responsibilities of government are clear, as are the principles underpinning government involvement. Furthermore, the roles and responsibilities (financial and otherwise) of the Dutch and Australian industry are determined through enabling legislation, providing both legitimacy and accountability. There are constraints on the use of EU and national government funds to support non-regulatory animal health services in EU member states (such as Ireland and the Netherlands).

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Irish Veterinary JournalVolume 61Number 2
A case for increased private sector involvement in Ireland’s national animal health services
Simon J. More Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland Email: Simon.More@ucd.ie
Non-regulatory animal health issues, such as Johne’s disease, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and mastitis will become increasing important, with ongoing globalisation of markets in animals and animal products. In response, Ireland may need to broaden the scope of its national animal health services. However, there have been concerns about the respective roles and responsibilities (both financial and otherwise) of government and industry in any such moves. This paper argues the case for increased private sector involvement ’ onsiderationsand country case studies (the Netherlands and successful partnerships between government and industry, lth issues. In each case, the roles and responsibilities of olvement. Furthermore, the roles and responsibilities (financial ugh enabling legislation, providing both legitimacy and rnment funds to support non-regulatory animal health services
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Irish Veterinary Journal Volume 61Number 2 92-100, 2008
s well as food quality and safety, and the international ompetitiveness of livestock and livestock products. The ealth status of the national herd, now and into the future, an important issue for consideration.
nimal health services have both local and national omponents. This paper specifically focuses on national nimal health services, which encompasses the systems ncluding organisations and infrastructure) and processes or example, policy development, programme formulation nd delivery) that facilitate national coordination of efforts wards improved animal health in the national herd.
n the past 12 months, there has been growing interest the work of Ireland’s national animal health services cCarthy, 2007; More, 2007). In particular, it has been uggested that the scope of this work be expanded, to ddress a range of non-regulatory animal health issues, cluding Johne’s disease, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis BR) and mastitis. However, as part of this discussion, ere has been concern from within both government nd industry as to the respective roles and responsibilities oth financial and otherwise) of government and dustry in any such moves. Drawing on theoretical onsiderations and country case studies (from Ireland, e Netherlands and Australia), this paper argues the ase for increased private sector involvement in Ireland’s ational animal health services. The Netherlands and ustralia, like Ireland, are each heavily reliant upon the