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VMD to allow vets to delegate medicines supply in "exceptional circumstances"
The updated measures allow vets in local lockdown areas to continue to supply medicines from a temporary location.

Temporary measures will apply to vets located in local lockdown areas. 

The VMD has announced that vets may delegate the supply of veterinary medicines to wholesale dealers after 31 August 2020 “in exceptional circumstances”.

On Monday (3 Aug), the VMD announced a final extension to the temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the temporary retail supply measures to 31 August 2020. The measures were introduced in April in a bid to help veterinary practices meet the government's guidance on social distancing.

From 1 September 2020, however, veterinary premises located areas where the government has deployed local lockdown measures will be allowed to continue to supply veterinary medicines from a temporary location or via a wholesaler dealer. The measures also apply to veterinary surgeons or SQPs who need to self-isolate following a positive test for COVID-19 or due to contact tracing.

The VMD writes: 'In view of the continuing and unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have issued statements setting out temporary VMD enforcement policies in relation to specific obligations under the VMR. 'These policies allow, in exceptional circumstances, for relaxations concerning the temporary change of veterinary practice and SQP retailer premises and the arrangements for SQP remote prescribing and authorisation of supply to be applied after 31 August'.

Under the temporary enforcement policy, the veterinary surgeon must notify the VMD and the RCVS of the address of the premises they are temporarily working from. Controlled drugs must also continue to be appropriately stored in a suitable cabinet to prevent unauthorised access.

If relying on a wholesale dealer, the veterianry surgeon must provide the temporary address, together with their registration number and the RCVS VPP registration number for their permanenet address. The full statement on the temporary VMD enforcement policy can be found here.

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Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

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 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the website. 

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More cases of African swine fever confirmed in Germany

More cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in Germany.

According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.