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APHA locum support for export certificates
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The APHA has set out what veterinary providers can do if they cannot meet the demand for Export Health Certificates.

Deployment will be available for up to seven days. 

Veterinary providers can now request temporary locum support from the APHA if they are struggling to meet the demands for export health certificates (EHC).

Since January 1, exporters of live animals and products of animal origin must have an export health certificate (EHC) to enter the EU or to transit through an EU country. An Official Vet (OV) or local authority inspector is required to inspect the consignment and sign the EHC in the days before the export. 

A notice from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on Tuesday (5 January) sets out what veterinary providers can do if they cannot meet the demand. It makes clear that to escalate a case, veterinary providers should contact certificationcapacity@apha.gov.uk with their contact details.

The provider will then receive a form within one working day asking for an overview of the product type, its destination and any other good transiting through. APHA will then assess the availability of its surge resource and aims to complete this process within two working days. 

APHA states that support will be available across the UK, 'subject to available resource and competing priorities'. To be considered, the veterinary provider must be able to provide clear evidence of a significant demand for EHC services and/or significant reduction in certifier supply, such as staff absence. 

Initially, the deployments will last for a maximum of seven days and veterinary provider will be expected to pay for the OV's time as per the agreement with the APHA certification capacity team.

Deployed staff will have their transport and phone, but other requirements such as laptop and printers may need to be met by the certification provider, the APHA said. 

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Born Free video highlights how humans are to blame for COVID-19

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 Wildlife charity Born Free has released a video emphasising the importance of changing the ways in which humans treat wildlife in order to prevent pandemics from occurring in the future.

The video, narrated by founder patron Joanna Lumley OBE, says: "To deal with the very immediate threat of another global catastrophe, we have to focus on ending the destruction and conversion of natural habitats and the devastating impact of the wildlife trade.

"The vast majority of these viruses originated in wild animals before infecting us. Destroying and exploiting nature puts us in closer contact with wildlife than ever before."

Born Free has compiled an online resource with information on how to take action and improve protections for wildlife here.

To view the video, please click here.

Images (c) Jan Schmidt-Burbach. 

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RVC opens 2021 Summer Schools applications

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has opened applications for its 2021 Summer Schools, with students in Years 10, 11 and 12 invited to apply.

Taking place between July and August 2021, the event gives budding vets from all backgrounds first-hand insight into what it's like to study at the Campus.

Much of this year's content is likely to be delivered virtually, including online lectures and practical demonstrations, but the RVC hopes to welcome each of the participants to campus for at least one day to gain some hands-on experience.

For more information about the Schools and to apply, visit: rvc.uk.com/SummerSchools Applications close on the 2 March 2021.