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Scotland to establish Animal Welfare Commission
The Commission will advise on breeding legislation and the licencing of rehoming centres.
Commission will advise on breeding legislation and attacks on police dogs

The Scottish Government has announced that it is to establish an Animal Welfare Commission to advise on the welfare of domesticated and wild animals in Scotland and ensure standards are maintained after Brexit.

The new commission was announced on Tuesday (11 September) as part of the Scottish Government’s 2018-19 programme. It will see welfare organisations and other key stakeholders working with government across key animal welfare issues, including attacks on police dogs, breeding legislation and the licensing of animal sanctuaries and rehoming centres.

Welcoming the initiative, BVA Scottish Branch president Melissa Donald said: “This is a great move which demonstrates the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to animal welfare.  It is vitally important to ensure that animal welfare standards are at least maintained and where possible improved post-Brexit, so establishing a specialist group with this remit will help to channel expertise with a clear goal in mind.

“BVA has fed into consultations on sanctuaries and rehoming centres and emphasised the importance of strengthened, clear and considered regulation which prioritises the health and welfare of animals in these environments.  We also support strengthened protections for all ‘protected animals’ as defined in the Animal Welfare Act.”

“We look forward to seeing proposals in due course for other animal activities including breeding and pet sales. At a minimum, these should be aligned with the incoming Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations to ensure high standards of animal welfare across the UK and prevent loopholes in licensing legislation between nations.”

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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from