These pages relate to farmed and domesticated non-bovines. Click here for wildlife

TB in other species

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a chronic, infectious and primarily respiratory disease caused by the slow-growing bacterium Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). It is mainly a disease of cattle and other bovines, but can affect a wide range of mammal species, including other farmed animals.

There were a total of 22 new TB incidents in farmed non-bovine species in Great Britain in the first half of 2017 which were confirmed by culture of M.bovis (8 camelid, 2 sheep, 2 goat, 8 pig and one ‘other’ incidents).

> Click here for statistics on bovine TB in non-bovine species

Action taken if TB is suspected in non-bovine farmed animals

You must immediately notify APHA if you or your vet suspect that a carcass of a non-bovine animal is infected with TB. Suspicion of TB in a live deer is also notifiable.

If TB is confirmed or strongly suspected, movement restrictions will be imposed and will remain in place until APHA is satisfied, through testing, that all TB infected animals have been identified and removed. Additionally, APHA will TB test any cattle present on the breakdown and neighbouring premises.

> Click here for Defra guidance on managing TB in non-bovine animals, including movement restrictions and compensation



Much of the information in the biosecurity section of this website can be made applicable for non-bovines.

> Click here for information about Biosecurity on the TB Hub


Farmed Animals kept as pets

Farmed animal species kept as pets most often include goats, camelids, pygmy pigs and lambs. In the event any of these animals become infected with M.bovis, they will be treated as livestock and the particular method of disease management applied will be dependent on the species involved.

> Click here for Defra guidance on bovine TB in domestic pets


Other links

> Click here for RCVS: TB in domestic species other than cattle and badgers – list of research papers