Although many of as are still trudging to work through snow covered streets, the BVA is already looking forward to summer and reminding pet owners to find out about the requirements for taking their pets abroad in plenty of time.

Although many of as are still trudging to work through snow covered streets, the BVA is already looking forward to summer and reminding pet owners to find out about the requirements for taking their pets abroad in plenty of time.

Taking your pets abroadAs the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) reaches its 10th anniversary on (February 28), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) are advising pet owners to talk to their vets about the vaccinations and other treatments their animals will need to travel overseas and return to the UK.

BVA and BSAVA are also promoting the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) leaflet “Taking your pets abroad” (originally launched in September 2009), which provides advice and guidance for pet owners on the preventive action they need to take to protect their pets from various diseases.

The UK, Ireland and three other members states currently impose stricter rules on the entry of pets than the rest of the EU to protect against rabies, ticks and tapeworms. The European Parliament is currently discussing the future of PETS and the harmonisation of rules across the EU. BVA and BSAVA are working closely with DEFRA to secure the best possible arrangements for the UK once the transitional arrangements come to an end.

BSAVA president Richard DixonBVA president Bill Reilly said: “The Pet Travel Scheme affords the UK’s animal and human populations vital protection against rabies, ticks and tapeworms and the veterinary profession plays an important role in promoting the Scheme.

“The BVA and BSAVA are working closely with DEFRA and colleagues in Europe to ensure the UK’s continued rabies-free status.”

BSAVA president Richard Dixon added: “It’s crucial that pet owners get the right information about vaccinations long before they are due to travel. Pet owners should talk to their vet about how best to protect their animal from diseases and parasites when abroad.”

“Taking your pets abroad” is available to download in PDF format, and free hard copies are available from bva-awf@bva.co.uk (although there is a charge for postage).

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