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NOAH and VMD issue joint statement on Brexit
'With this planning in place, we are confident that we have made every effort to ensure continuity of supply of veterinary medicines in the UK.'
Government 'confident’ about veterinary medicines supply in all scenarios

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) have issued a joint statement in relation to the supply of veterinary medicines post-Brexit.

According to the statement, the government is working with animal health companies who have been carrying out extensive contingency planning for all Brexit scenarios, including no deal.

The statement said: ‘These plans cover all aspects of their supply chains, from regulatory compliance and stocking levels to logistics and customs. They also include, as appropriate, increasing stocks of products in the UK, changing supply routes, transferring marketing authorisations and other regulatory processes.
 
‘To reduce any risk to medicines availability in the UK, detailed planning is ongoing to ensure that supply chain measures are appropriate to address the sector’s complex needs and priorities.’

The statement continues: ‘Much work has been done by companies with the objective of ensuring fair and appropriate distribution of this inventory to avoid disruption. Supply is expected to cope with a normal ordering pattern with adequate forward planning and communication with suppliers.

‘With this planning in place, we are confident that we have made every effort to ensure continuity of supply of veterinary medicines in the UK.’

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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AHDB Pork calls for stepped-up biosecurity

Pig farmers are being urged to step up biosecurity to reduce the risk of swine dysentery in their herds.

According to Farmers Weekly, AHDB Pork have confirmed cases in the north and east of the UK and is calling on producers to focus on hygiene to protect their animals.

Members of the AHDB Pork Significant diseases charter are reported to have been informed of the outbreaks.