Help needed: road-kill badger survey for TB study

The University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham and Liverpool, is undertaking a survey of badger carcases, for evidence of tuberculosis. This is a collaborative survey, using road-killed/traffic-accident carcases, collected by approved groups including animal health professionals, farmers, landowners and wildlife groups.

The study aims to determine whether or not badgers in England's 'edge areas' have TB and, if so, how common this is. 'Edge areas' are the 11 English counties that lie on the border of the cattle TB epidemic. This work is being funded by Defra.

The University of Surrey is still collecting carcases from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire (EXCLUSIVELY).  [UPDATE. June 2017: THankyou. But the project now have their quota of badger specimen samples from Oxfordshire and East Sussex]

Fresh carcases must be collected using an approved kit and taken to one of our designated collection sites. We will also be examining carcases collected to study a range of other diseases and conditions, and to develop new diagnostic tests, although these studies are not part of the Defra-funded survey.

The study group can only accept carcases collected using the approved collection kit and according to an approved protocol. Kits are available from the collection sites and the University of Surrey. All carcases must be accompanied by a completed, signed submission form and delivered to one of the designated collection sites.

See the survey web page for the full listing of collection depots.

See the University of Surrey Veterinary Pathology Centre web page about this survey for more details.
Email: vetpath@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 689823