On Wednesday 26th of April, Veterinary Officers of Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department visited APCF for an informal visit to discuss with APCF staff their understanding of the Mainland’s definition of Specific Pathogen Free and what is expected of APCF if it is to export rodents to colleagues in the Mainland.
APCF director Dr. Anthony James described the initiatives recently implemented to satisfy the requirements of surveillance for diseases with APCF colonies. Dr. Siva Tsang and Mr. William Chau, Scientific Officers of APCF, described their respective units to the officers and described their monitoring practices of animal health which ensured compliance with Mainland requirements.
The officers then had a tour of the APCF animal areas. It was with great pride and a sense of humility that we received fully satisfactory comments about our current management practices from the senior officer Dr. Kenny Ho.