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No-deal guidance for animal importers and exporters
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will need to be listed as a third country to continue to export to the EU
Businesses urged to get ready for changes

The government has published new guidance for animal importers and exporters in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The guidance applies to those importing and exporting animals, animal products, fish, food and feed. It is designed to minimise disruption, to allow for the continued movement of goods and to maintain biosecurity, food safety and animal welfare standards.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will need to be listed as a third country to continue to export to the EU. Negotiations are ongoing to secure this listing and the government says it is ‘confident’ it will be in place before Britain leaves the EU.

Under new guidance published yesterday (20 February), exporters will need to apply for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) and ensure their trade route passes through Border Inspection Posts when entering Europe.

There will not be any new checks or requirements for those who import animals or animal products. Importers will, however, be required to notify authorities using the new Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed (IPAFF) system.

The IPAFF system replaces the current EU Trade Control and Expert System and will be available for businesses importing from outside the EU from day one.

Food and animal welfare minister David Rutley said: “Our top priority remains delivering a negotiated deal, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

“If you or your business export or import animals and animal products or imports high-risk food and feed you will need to prepare for a number of changes in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Our new guidance pages on make clear what you need to do to be ready to continue to trade after we leave the EU.

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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BVA launches award to celebrate young vets

A new award has been launched to celebrate inspirational young vets who are making a difference in their day to day work.

Nominations are now open for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, which is the first of its kind. It is open to all vets registered with the RCVS in the first eight years of their careers, working in any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics. Organisers are looking for an ‘exceptional young vet’ whose work has benefitted the veterinary community or the workplace.

The awards are open for self-entry and nominations by 1 August 2019. The winner will be announced at London Vet Show on 14 November 2019, where a £1000 cash prize will be awarded, alongside a ‘career enhancing experience’ with Zoetis.