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


The Defra consultation on bovine TB in non-bovine farmed animals has recently closed. However, the Defra call for views document contains useful information about bovine TB in non-bovines.

> Click here for the Defra call for views document 


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.

The number of premises placed under movement restrictions in the first six months of 2014 in England, due to suspected TB or a confirmed incident of M. bovis infection included 19 camelid, 3 sheep, 12 goat, 13 pig and 3 deer premises.

> 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 Biosecurity on 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 Tuberculosis in domestic pets


Other links

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