The RSPCA has a consultation running until the 1st November on bovine TB in England and Wales. RSPCA welcome comment from farmers and farm vets. The link to the website, should you wish to respond is https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/farm/bovinetb
Some further information from DAERA on Equine movements post-Brexit can be found here.
For information, please see the link below to the DAERA web page which provides details of a Public Appointments competition seeking two additional Members for the TB Eradication Partnership (TBEP). Applications must be received by 2:00pm on Friday 27 September.
From Wednesday 18th September 2019 all exporters will be required to provide a minimum of 1 full working days’ notice of the intended date of dispatch of the consignment from the dispatching premises. In practice, this will mean restrictions on the future dates available when submitting your application.
For example, for applications made on Wednesday 4th September, the first available export date will be Friday 6th September. For applications made on Thursday 5th September, the first available export date will be Monday 9th September.Applications will be accepted up until 11.59 pm on the date of application. Please note that the date of export currently required in step 1 of the DECOL application process is regarded as the date of loading and dispatch from the final premises of production and/or storage. It is not the date of shipment from a port in Northern Ireland. Thank you for your cooperation in compliance with these changes.
DAERA Trade Branch
A fantastic time was had at the NIVA Summer Social in beautiful Tollymore Forest Park. Thanks must go to Angie Drayne, supported by Janette Adams , for the nature walk – so much fascinating information was shared. Mandy and Gavin made everyone welcome at their gorgeous wee country pub, Dolly’s Brae Inn, and great BBQ food (oh, those salads!) was supplied by Alex Berry and served by Brian Berry of Simply Irresistible. The quiz was lively and competitive with great questions from quizmaster Stewart Holden that gradually sorted the front runners from the wooden-tops – thank you Stewart! Congratulations to the winning team “The Folks on the Hill” from Rathfriland vet clinic. Special commendation goes to Phil and Pauline Walsh who came second despite being the smallest team!! Lovely etched wooden spoons went to the team with the lowest score but we are too diplomatic to mention who took these home.
We are still counting the money made for Marie Curie in memory of Sam Nelson – thank you to all those who supported this event, either through draw ticket purchases or by turning up on the day. The big prize (a week in a choice of two luxury Donegal holiday cottages, Whispering Willows) was won by Annette Doyle with Gemma Daly winning the weekend in the beautiful Tollymore Gate Lodge. Thanks also to NIVA Council for their help on the day and to those who gave prizes for the draw and raffle – Fiona McFarland, The Vet Service, the Drayne family, Joanne at Virbac, Gavin and Mandy at Dolly’s Brae, Tim at Shanaghan Photography, Seamus O’Kane, the McFarland family, Sean from Botanica, CVS, Pollyanna’s Gift Shop, Julie from Idexx and Chris from Boehringer Ingelheim. Our sponsors also deserve recognition – Lintbells, Botanica, Lloyd & Cowan, IMV Imaging, McEvoy Hoofcare Ltd., IVC – thank you all!
Did you know . . .?
Vet Support Northern Ireland supporters can come to your practice/place of work and deliver hints and tips on stress management to your team.
A visit can be booked by contacting email@example.com and can be scheduled for a time to suit yourselves but it’s a beneficial topic for a spot of lunchtime learning for the whole team.
What we do…As this is a voluntary support network it is outside the capabilities of the volunteers to provide an emergency service and we encourage everyone to be continually aware of the availability of Vetlife a charity who provides a 24/7 phone and email helpline.
Come to NIVA’s Spring meeting on the 18th June 2019 at the Glenavon Hotel to hear Owen Atkinson speak on ‘Motivational Interviewing’. Do you ever think ‘I wish I had the right skills to get people to do what I want?’ Well now you can! Owen Atkinson will give you the skill set you need to introduce better communication in your practice.
This meeting is not only open to NIVA members but you may also bring along nurses, receptionists for a small fee. Communication is vital for good customer service and Owen will show you how to be more effective in delivering this to clients.
For more information on how to register and to see the flyer click here
(this is a popular meeting and registrations are filling up fast!!
As a consequence of the decision to defer the scheduled date that the UK is due to leave the EU until 31st October 2019, normal arrangements continue to apply to the issue of Pet Passports.
During this extension period pets travelling from the UK to the EU should be prepared for travel as follows:
- rabies vaccinated (make sure the pet is microchipped first or the rabies vaccine will be invalid)
- issued with a pet passport
- if required treated for tapeworm (dogs only)
The 21 day waiting period applies from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling.
Dogs returning to the UK from the EU must be treated by a vet for tapeworm between 24 to 120 hours before arriving in the UK. The vet must record the treatments on the pet passport.