The Canine Health Schemes is a BVA and Kennel Club partnership that screens for inherited diseases in dogs, with screening currently available for hip and elbow dysplasia, hereditary eye disease and chiari malformation/syringomyelia. All these diseases have the potential to be life limiting or life altering, having serious impacts on the health and welfare of dogs.
DAERA will implement changes to the administration of the EU Pet Passport Scheme with effect from Monday 7 January 2019. To assist with the preparations for this change, eligible Veterinary Practices in Northern Ireland, i.e. those with an Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) approved for certification of pets should have applied to DAERA to register their intention to continue to supply Pet Passports. To date almost 80 practices have confirmed they will participate in the new scheme. From Monday the DAERA website will publish a list of all participating practices.
If you believe your practice is eligible but haven’t yet signed up, drop email@example.com a line as soon as possible to see if they can accommodate you.
In November 2018, Red Tractor introduced a risk-based approach to inspections in the pig sector. This will come into effect in dairy and poultry in April 2019, with the other sectors following in Autumn 2019. The strengthening of the inspection programme is to ensure that the reputation of the majority of members who are conforming to the standards is maintained and part of a wider strategy to increase consumer confidence in food carrying the logo. Red Tractor are confident that this is an effective and fair method to encourage and improve 365-day compliance with the standards. Vets can help to raise awareness of these changes with their Red Tractor clients.
More information on the risk based inspections can be found here.
WEBINAR: Red Tractor are running a webinar on Monday 21st January at 7.30pm to talk through the risk based approach to inspections. You can register for this here and again, can help by sharing this with any of your clients who are part of the Red Tractor scheme.
8 in 10 vets are concerned about the irresponsible representation of #PetsInAds. Vets are encouraging animal lovers and members of #teamvet to alert brands who’re using inappropriate images of #PetsInAds. You can find lots more information about the campaign and a template letter for writing to companies here.
@BritishVets has launched these good practice guidelines www.bva.co.uk/advertising- to help companies avoid a #PromoNoNo and promote positive animal health and welfare in their adverts.
FAO All PVPs
Where clients have imported cattle that are to be tested by DAERA for Bluetongue virus, the blood samples may also be tested for BVD in the AFBI laboratory. Clients importing cattle may contact you to request that you complete a submission form, the link for which follows:
Your client should have been given a DAERA Test Identification number by the AHWI taking the samples. Please write the DAERA Test Identification number for the sample on the form and add a note that the sample result is to be uploaded to the BVD Programme.
If you have any questions, please contact AFBI’s DSIB or AHWNI, as appropriate.
Omagh day 2019 will take place on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at AFBI Labs in Omagh. There will be 4 great lecture topics included on the day and those local vets who are delivering their presentations will be judged by the RCVS President Amanda Boag.
This will be followed by the AGM (members only) and a lovely dinner at the Silverbirch hotel. Omagh day is strictly limited to registered delegates only so it is important that you book your place for this event!
If you would like to book a place for Omagh day, contact the VetNI office on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to our kind sponsors Boehringer Ingelheim for their support of Omagh Day & AGM 2019
Our last Small animal meeting of 2018 is going to be a great one! Come and hear our speaker Siobhan Menzies talking about ‘No Pain All Gain – Multimodal pain management – Utilising Analgesic Medications and Analgesic Techniques to maximise pain relief in pets’ on Thursday 6th December. Delicious supper provided! Book quick as limited places available now.
For more information on Siobhan and the topic she will be talking about Click Here!
Click the link below to find out more about the risk of African Swine fever…
A DAERA Briefing Note specifically for Authorised Veterinary Inspectors (AVIs) can be found here.
It provides further information on EU-Exit related changes in relation to Pet Travel in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Information is being provided to enable pet owners to make an informed decision about whether to take action to ensure their pet can travel to the EU in any EU-Exit scenario.