An investigation by The Weekly Times found that veterinary pathology costs have jumped by as much as 275% in the past four years. Australian Veterinary Association vice president Matt Makin said the price rise, combined with the drought, made it harder to convince farmers of the merits of testing.
Monitoring and control
The DPI keeps no record of how much testing is being conducted across the state. The DPI’s performance in monitoring and controlling disease has also come under fire, with farmers criticising its recent handling of an anthrax outbreak in northern Victoria.
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(Source: The Weekly Times)