Free seminar to highlight the role that veterinary practices can play in helping clients understand how changes to the Pet Travel Scheme could impact upon their pet’s health.

Experts in veterinary parasitology have been voicing their concern over the implications of the imminent changes to the UK’s DEFRA-run Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), the system that allows certain species of animal to enter the UK without quarantine.

Now the UK branch of ESCCAP (European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites), ESCCAP UK, will hold a free seminar in Bristol on October 28 to highlight the role that veterinary practices can play in helping clients understand how the changes could impact upon their pet’s health.

Lyme tick.Under the new regulations, which take effect from January 2012, tick control will no longer be mandatory.

A recent study has already demonstrated that a population of exotic tick species has become established in the south-east of England. With up to 15,000 animals travelling under PETS each month, the possibility of exotic ticks (and their associated tick borne diseases) entering and establishing in the UK becomes increasingly likely.

The European Parliament has yet to rule on mandatory tapeworm control. The decision will impact on the future distribution of, and disease threat from, Echinococcus multilocularis.

ESCCAP UK is advising all vets to discuss the risks with their clients and to ensure they make an informed decision about tick control when the new legislation comes into effect.

The seminar provides all the information clinicians will need to have this informed dialogue with clients. The presentations will provide an overview of the impact of the changes to PETS in relation to Rabies, Echinococcus and ticks, as well as advice about how to communicate the information to pet owners and the tools and support available.

The seminar will take place at Engineers’ House in Bristol. Places are limited and those wishing to attend are advised to register as soon as possible by calling ESCCAPUK on 01684 568998, faxing 05603 102013, or emailing


  • The ESCCAPUK website is a resource for both vets, nurses and pet owners. It includes information, updates on the PETS situation, guidelines for parasite control programmes and podcasts.
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