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Government updates guidance on movement of horses
Owners will need to consult with a vet at least six weeks before they are planning to travel.

Guidance designed to help owners in a no-deal scenario

The Government has updated its guidance for owners on the movement of horses and other equines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The guidance is designed to give owners time to prepare for the new processes, and factor in extra travel time that be required when travelling to and from the EU.

“While the Government is seeking a deal, we have stepped up our preparations and we will be ready to leave the EU on 31 October, whatever the circumstances,” explained Defra minister Lord Gardiner.

“This guidance will help businesses and owners of horses prepare if we leave without a deal and the Government has already committed to the continued movement of horses from EU member states.”

If the UK leaves the EU on 31 October without a deal:

 • equines travelling from the UK to the EU may need to undergo additional blood tests, which will need to be carried out within 30 days or less of travelling to satisfy EU regulations
 • owners will need to consult with a vet at least six weeks before they are planning to travel
 • all equines will need an Export Health Certificate in order to travel to EU states, instead of current documents, and will need to enter the EU via a Border Inspection Post (BIP)
 • most equines will also need a Government-issued travel ID document, as well as their existing equine passport.

The UK has already committed to allow the continued movement of all equines from EU member states ahead of major equestrian events and to support the industries that rely on these animals.

The government is continuing with its application to the European Commission (EC) on securing listed status for the UK, which would enable the continued movement of equines to EU member states.

If the UK is not provided with listed status by the EC, equines will not be able to travel until listed status is secured. 

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.