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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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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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New appointment at Dechra

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd (Dechra) has announced a key appointment to support veterinary professionals across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Hockley has been appointed as a telesales account manager and will provide the latest products, news and developments from Dechra. She joins the company from a large mixed practice in Northern Ireland where she was the branch manager.

Before that, Karen had worked for a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company as a key account manager for Northern Ireland. She can be contacted at or 087 219 54 30.