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Changes to breeding scheme rules
Tibetan terrier
Changes have been introduced after consultations will breed clubs and councils.
Kennel Club announces new breed-specific requirements

After consultations with breed clubs and councils, the Kennel Club is announcing changes to its Assured Breeder Scheme, which aims to promote good breeding practices.

Changes coming into force from January 1, 2015:
  • Miniature wire-haired dachshund - DNA test for Lafora's disease will become a requirement, rather than a recommendation
  • Eurasier - Hip scoring will become a requirement. Elbow grading and patella testing will be recommended
  • Newfoundland - Elbow grading will become a requirement, not a recommendation. New recommendation that bitches over the age of seven should not produce a litter
  • Parson Russell terrier - New requirement for DNA tests for primary lens luxation, late onset ataxia and spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Tibetan terrier - New requirement for DNA tests for rcd4-PRA and PRA3

Assured breeders will have a grace period of six months to implement these changes.

Commenting on the changes, Bill Lambert, KC's health and breeder services manager, said: "The most recent set of changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme will help to maintain maximum progress for dog health and encourage good breeding practices to protect the future of our much-loved pedigree dogs.

"Now that we are heading into 2015 we are pleased to be announcing these changes, all of which have come about as a direct result of input from the breed clubs and councils we work with, to further adapt the scheme to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to health testing and welfare."

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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