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Welsh vets offered training to provide EHCs after Brexit
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there will be a significant increase in the need for vets who can carry out certification.
Government allocates funding to prepare for EU exit with no deal 

Veterinary surgeons in Wales are being given training to provide Export Health Certificates (EHCs) in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

The Welsh Government allocated £96,000 of the £50 million EU transition fund to support the need for Export Health Certification and encourage vets to undertake training.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EHCs will be required to export produce of animal origin to EU countries, prompting a significant increase in the need for vets who are able to carry out certification.

Usually, the necessary training is paid for by the veterinary surgeon undertaking the course, but the Welsh Government is hoping to provide an incentive for more vets.

A new scheme is supporting training for a minimum of 80 vets across Wales. More vets are expected to sign up before training completes at the end of February. The scheme will be administered by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, in collaboration with delivery partners lechyd Da and Menter a Busnes.

Lesley Griffiths, Welsh minister for environment, energy and rural affairs, said: “It is possible– if a no deal is taken off the table this extra capacity will not be required but we must prepare for all eventualities.  However, the training would not have been wasted as the skills are transferable and would strengthen the important certification role of the veterinary profession in Wales."

She added: “We have always been clear a no deal Brexit is not an option for Wales’ food industry. Crashing out of the European Union could decimate economies and must be avoided at all costs. Our preference would be a ‘softer’ Brexit – one that allows us to stay in a customs union and a single market.

“With no new ideas and red lines firmly still in place, the UK Government is simply running down the clock in a vain hope that their deal will pass. They must take decisive action now and act on the majority will of Parliament to rule out no deal.”

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.