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Training fund to help vets prepare for Brexit
A £300,000 training fund is now available for vets and local authority officials to assist with Brexit preparation.
Fund aims to boost the number of vets qualified to certify animal export health certificates.

The UK Government has announced a £300,000 training fund for vets and local authority officials to support preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period.

After 1 January 2021, exporters of live animals or animal products will need an Export Health Certificate – a document that confirms that the export meets the minimum health requirements – to send to the EU.

The same level of certification will also be required for the export of live animals and animal products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. This is a requirement under the agreed Northern Ireland protocol and includes equines that currently move between France, the UK and Ireland without health certification.

A press release from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) states: 'Health documentation is certified by either Official Veterinarians (OVs) or Food Competent Certifying Officers (FCCOs). The new fund aims to boost the number of vets that are qualified to certify products of animal origin and equines for export.
'It will also aim to increase the number of Certification Support Officers (CSOs) who can support OVs and FCCOs through a range of preliminary tasks to prepare consignments for certification but cannot sign health documentation in their own right.'

Further information about the new funding for free training is available here. Once vets have completed their training, they will need to register their business on EHC Online to ensure that exporting businesses can use them to certify their goods from 1 January 2021.


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AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications

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 The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit 

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Bristol Vet School announces new PhD Studentship opportunities

Bristol Veterinary School has announced four new PhD Studentship opportunities with a focus on cattle welfare. The projects include:

Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.