An expert industry panel has approved an independently prepared consensus statement on ticks and tick-borne disease risk to UK dogs.

Public Health England's tick poster
The consensus statement supports the use of Public Health England’s poster, which can be displayed in waiting rooms as part of a “year round preventive health programme” devised by the veterinary practice.

In time for Tick Awareness Month (now taking place in September), this is the result of a meeting in Birmingham that discussed the rising risk of tick-borne disease and increasing concerns over existing and emerging threats.

In support

Support for the statement has come from the human and animal health sector, including:

  • the BVA
  • Lyme Disease Action
  • Blue Cross
  • the University of Bristol
  • the University of Nottingham
  • the University of Surrey

The statement was coordinated by MSD Animal Health and European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK and Ireland as part of the Big Tick Project.

‘Major step forward’

Amanda Melvin, senior product manager at MSD, said: “The approval of this statement is very timely as we approach Tick Awareness Month.

“It is a major step forward for the industry by giving all the organisations involved a clear position on the subject. This will allow us to move forward together and tackle some of the issues related to ticks and tick-borne diseases, including providing vets with clear practical guidelines for tick control.”

Tick Awareness Month offers veterinary practices an opportunity to get involved through a range of specially designed animations for use with social media, and in-practice resources. For further information, contact an MSD representative.

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