A webinar has been produced to help veterinary surgeons gain a better understanding of the changes to the rules on pet travel.

The new regulations, which take effect on December 29, will consolidate current EU legislation on pet travel and enhance the requirements for EU countries to make information about pet travel available to their citizens.

The changes also aim to tackle abuse of the pet travel scheme by introducing a more secure pet passport, tightening eligibility requirements and strengthening enforcement activity.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has now teamed up with Defra and The Webinar Vet to provide the free webinar: “EU Pet Travel Scheme: information and updates“.

BVA president Robin Hargreaves was joined by Defra’s head of pets and rabies team to outline the proposed changes, including what they mean for small animal vets, and to answer questions.

The webinar aims to address concerns and questions raised by BVA members around levels of compliance with current rules, how border checks are carried out and queries about vets’ rights and responsibilities with regards to seizing non-compliant dogs.

The webinar is part of the ongoing series of policy-based lectures delivered by the BVA with The Webinar Vet and is available to view at www.thewebinarvet.com/bva-webinars

Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government have launched a consultation on the implementation of planned changes to the EU pet travel scheme. The consultation closes on September 14 and the BVA will submit a response.

The BVA is urging its members – particularly small animal vets – to join the discussion about pet travel and the proposed changes at www.bva.co.uk/community Their comments will help shape the BVA’s response to the consultation.

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