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Pet owners urged to seek advice on travel after Brexit
Those preparing to travel from November onwards must contact their veterinary surgeon at least four months ahead of their scheduled travel date.
Those travelling after 31 October urged to consult with their vet ‘as soon as possible’

The Government is encouraging pet owners to revisit official advice about travelling with their animal to the EU after Brexit.

Defra states that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31, pet owners will need to take additional steps to ensure they can still travel with their animals. This includes a three-calendar month wait before travel and a blood test a minimum of 30 days after the pet’s last rabies vaccination.

Those preparing to travel from November onwards must contact their veterinary surgeon at least four months ahead of their scheduled travel date. For example, if somebody wishes to travel on November 1, they need to discuss their needs with their vet by 1 July at the latest.

“This is a reminder for pet owners of our practical and straightforward advice for pet travel if the UK were to leave the EU in a no-deal situation, said UK chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss. “Those pet owners who wish to travel with their pets immediately after 31 October 2019 should consult with their vet as soon as they can.”

She added: “This is about planning ahead to ensure their pet has the correct health protection documented and in place for all possible Exit scenarios. We continue to be in contact with vets to highlight this issue and they are expecting pet owners to consult with them and plan ahead.”

Up-to-date advice on pet travel advice can be found on GOV.UK or by searching ‘pet travel’.

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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BEVA survey seeks views about antibiotic use in horses

Equine vets are being invited to participate in a BEVA survey that aims to find out more about antimicrobial resistance in equine veterinary practice.

Designed by researchers at the University of Liverpool and incoming BEVA president Tim Mair, the survey aims to fill gaps in knowledge about how antimicrobials are being used in equine practice and the landscape of resistant infections encountered in equine practice.

Researchers hope the results will lead to a greater understanding of the role of antimicrobial treatment and antimicrobial resistance in horses and protect antibiotics for the future of equine and human health.