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BVA debate at BSAVA
Pets or pests? balancing pet travel and disease control

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said recently that it remains concerned about the future of the Pet Travel Scheme and believes that the current arrangements are an important tool in balancing the movement of animals with the risk of spreading zoonotic diseases.

With the derogation under EU law, which allows the UK along with Ireland, Sweden and Malta to apply stricter requirements than other EU member states, due to come to an end in 2010 the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in Birmingham on Friday April 3 will be the venue for a joint BVA/BSAVA session entitled ‘PETS or Pests - balancing pet travel and disease control’.

The session will present the science behind the argument to keep the rabies and Echinococcus control measures in place and is aimed at informing policy makers in the EU why the UK veterinary and medical professions believe in the importance of the derogation for reasons of human and animal health.

Expert speakers, namely Professor Philip Craig of the University of Salford, Dr Dilys Morgan of the Health Protection Agency, Professor William Ollier of the University of Manchester and Dr Susan Shaw of the University of Bristol, will investigate the threat to public and animal health of vector borne diseases, just how serious a risk to public health Echinococcus multilocularis is and whether rabies vaccination actually gives enough protection to risk stopping serology testing while the Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens will outline Defra policy on the end of the Pet Travel Scheme derogation.

The BSAVA conference is not open to the general public, but OUR DOGS hopes to have a report on this and other sessions from the conference which takes place at the Birmingham Convention Centre from April 2nd to the 5th.

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