Dr Gina Bromage MA,Vet MB,DVM,MRVCS.
Camelid TB Support & Research Group
Dianne Summers Summers.
Help and Support for those affected by Bovine TB in Alpacas & Llamas
01209 822422 Mob 07949 511396
Thanks to over 30 members of the TB Support Group who have given their data and experiences of bTB in their herds. It is from the information gathered from the data provided by these members that has produced much of the advice contained on this website. Thank you. Also thanks to senior members of DEFRA/AH/and the VLA for working closely with the TB Support group. It is a relationship very much appreciated by us all.
Welcome to the TB in Alpacas & Llamas Website
The purpose of this website is two-
Secondly it is to educate all camelid owners about bTB with the hope that the advice given will greatly reduce the risk of it happening to you.
It is difficult putting a website together that serves both purposes, and no doubt
it won’t please everyone -
The TB situation in Camelids over the past few years has increased dramatically and
is now listed by the VLA (Veterinary Laboratories Agency) on their “Veterinary information
Camelid Herds have been infected with TB by local wildlife, by purchased stock, by agisted mating, by short and long term agistment and movements.
Camelids are susceptible to bTB and it kills them -
Initial detection of bTB in a herd is reliant on responsible owners having a Post mortem examination following a death (a full post mortem at the VLA costs £90.60), or a vet informing Animal Health if they suspect that a sick camelid may have TB. Not all owners carry out PMs on their losses and not all vets except BVCS (British camelid Vet Soc) are aware of TB in camelids, therefore TB is going undetected and can be (and has been) sold on.
Some herds have been placed under restriction not because they themselves have had a PM on a loss, but because a camelid that they had sold had gone on to die. The new owners had a PM and TB was traced back to the originating breeder.
Bovine Tuberculosis can affect you anywhere in the UK, but your herd is at an increased risk if you are situated in, or have contact with herds in, an endemic bTB area as indicated by the red areas on the DEFRA parish testing map.
The advice and information on this website is given in good faith. It is essential that you consult your Vet and/or AHO before making any decisions on diagnosis or treatment of your animals. We make every effort to keep official documentation up to date but where guidance is given on official policies, please bear in mind they may have changed so you MUST check and confirm current policy and procedures with DEFRA/AH. Advice and updates will be posted as and when information becomes available to us.
Currently On site
As from Jan 2011
Do you live in a high risk area? Click here
At the end of the 4th quarter of 2012 the number of alpaca and llama herds that have had confirmed m.bovis tb in England and Wales is:
This does not include newly restricted herds under suspicion awaiting culture confirmation.
Data kindly provided quarterly by DEFRA
Cattle Parish testing interval map from Defra July 2011.
Bovine TB is a zoonotic disease transmissible to humans. See here