Concerned aboutthe future of the Pet Travel Scheme, the BVA has announced a session on the issue during the 2009 BSAVA Congress in Birmingham.

The BVA believes that the current arrangementsare an important tool in balancing the movement of animals with the risk ofspreading zoonotic diseases, and with the derogation under EU law (which allows theUK, Ireland, Sweden and Malta to apply stricter requirements thanother EU member states) due to come to an end in 2010 the BSAVA Congress will be the venuefor a joint BVA/BSAVA session entitled “PETS or Pests – balancing pet travel anddisease control”.

The session will present the science behind the argument tokeep the rabies and Echinococcus control measures in place and is aimed atinforming policy makers in the EU why the UK veterinary and medical professionsbelieve in the importance of the derogation for reasons of human and animalhealth.

Expert speakers Professor Philip Craig (University ofSalford), Dr Dilys Morgan (Health Protection Agency), Professor WilliamOllier (University of Manchester) and Dr Susan Shaw (University ofBristol) will investigate the threat to public and animal health of vectorborne diseases, just how serious a risk to public health Echinococcusmultilocularis is, and whether rabies vaccination actually gives enoughprotection to risk stopping serology testing while the Chief Veterinary OfficerNigel Gibbens will outline DEFRA policy on the end of the Pet Travel Schemederogation.

It is expected that the ensuing discussion will be livelyand while the session is free to attend, advanced booking is not only advisedbut required.

The session will take place at 11am, Friday April 3,at BSAVA Congress in Birmingham. Visit www.bsava.com formore information.

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