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BSAVA updates OVs on pet travel after Brexit
If the UK becomes an ‘unlisted’ country, OVs will need to issue EU Animal Health Certificates for small animals travelling to the EU.
Animal health certificates now available to order

The BSAVA has published updated guidance for official veterinarians (OVs) on pet travel in the event that Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

The update notes that if the UK becomes an ‘unlisted’ or a Part 2 country, OVs will need to issue EU Animal Health Certificates (AHCs) for pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to the EU, instead of pet passports.

The forms are now available and an email has been sent to all qualified OVs containing a link to the AHC order form and notes on how to complete and use AHCs.

The update also includes information on the number of additional staff that have been employed by the APHA and the Centre for International Trade. It notes that stocks of reagents for rabies and export testing have been increased significantly to mitigate potential supply problems.

BSAVA adds that the number of rabies samples being processed at APHA Weybridge has increased from 100 a week to more than 400 week, ‘so there is good evidence that pet owners are working with their vets in making preparations for any potential changes to pet travel.’

It says there has been a 10 per cent failure rate for rabies serology samples and therefore vets are being urged to manage pet owner expectations and make them aware that a re-test or vaccine boost may be needed. 

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New series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats

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 Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea. 

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk