The hot topic of importing and keeping exotics will come under the microscope at a special pan-European veterinary meeting next month.

The hot topic of importing and keeping exotics will come under the microscope at a special pan-European veterinary meeting next month.

The hot topic of importing and keeping exotics will come under the microscope at a special pan-European veterinary meeting.Due to take place in Brussels on October 4-5, 2012 the “Import and keeping of exotics animals in the EU” conference has been organised by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and Swiss and Cypriot politicians.

According to the FVE: “The purpose of this event – organised together with the Cyprus presidency of the council of the EU, the EU Commission and the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office – is to exchange information on the ways that exotic animals enter the EU market and end up in the different EU countries; to point out the challenges for animal health and welfare and the possible impact on public health.”

Topics include:

  • the benefits and risks of importing and keeping exotics,
  • the suitability of keeping particular species and the welfare issues with keeping them,and
  • zoonotic disease dangers.

In particular, BSAVA past-president Mike Jessop will present a session on the public health risks related to keeping exotics.

  • Registrations for the event must be submitted by September 15 and can be made via the FVE website.
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