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BSAVA publishes new reptile welfare leaflets
(rested geckos are among the species covered by the leaflets.
The leaflets provide welfare advice to would-be owners.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has published a new series of client information leaflets on caring for pet reptiles.

The leaflets give would-be owners key information on how to meet reptiles’ welfare needs through appropriate housing, feeding, handling and medication, as well as tips on how to spot health problems.

The content is based on information from the BSAVA Manual of Reptiles and has been reviewed by Simon Girling, head of veterinary services at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

The initial run of leaflets covers the species which are most commonly kept as pets:
    • Bearded dragons
    • Crested geckos
    • Leopard geckos
    • Iguanas
    • Snakes
    • Tortoises
    • Terrapins.

As terrapins can no longer be legally bought in the UK, due to being designated an invasive species, the leaflet about them focuses on care and welfare advice for people who already own them.

The new series has been published at a time when data suggests that the number of people keeping pet reptiles in the UK is increasing.

Pet Food’s annual survey of UK pet ownership found that around five per cent of households owned a pet reptile in 2023, an increase from 3.4 per cent in 2022.

The new leaflets are available to download and print through the BSAVA Library. They are free for BSAVA members. Non-members can pay for a subscription to the library.

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.