The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging caution after a rise in demand for vets due to the increase in pet ownership in lockdown and the new legal requirement for Brexit health checks on food exports to the EU.The BVA’s comments come just days after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) warned meat and poultry producers that the shortage of vets might impact the supply of meat over Christmas.
• Would Dominic Raab’s Brexit campaign have persuaded the over-50s if he had told them that they would be arriving in the promised sunny uplands not the day they cast off the shackles of the EU, but when they were well into their 60s, 70s and 80s – after four years of negotiation and then 10 years of misery in which nothing worked as foretold (Raab shrugs off Brexit troubles, urging people to take ‘10-year view’ , 14 February)?
As of 1 January 2021, the UK government was advising travellers visiting the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, to have at least six months left on their passport.
The European Commission says the choice to end free movement “inevitably means that business travel between the EU and the UK will no longer be as easy as it currently is”.
From 1 January, people travelling from Britain with pets and assistance dogs will need to ensure they have an animal health certificate (AHC) instead of a pet passport no earlier than 10 days before travel, the UK government said on its website.
Photograph: Jacob King/PA The Kennel Club, which organises Crufts, said notification from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that travel regulations for pets would remain the same during the Brexit transition period was only received after entries had closed on 20 January.
The Queen is a famous fan of corgis (Picture: Rex) The Queen is devoted to her pets and travels with them (Picture: PA)The Kennel Club said the Irish red and white setter had become the most vulnerable of all Britain’s native breeds, with 39 puppy registrations in 2019 – the breed’s lowest figures in 30 years.
MP Alex Norris’ border collies Corona (left) and Boomer were last year’s winners (Picture: PA) Cockapoo Corbyn, belonging to Mike Amesbury MP, was the winner of 2018’s Pawblic Vote (Picture: PA) MP Jo Platt got off to a good start last year with Lurcher Pam (Picture: PA)‘This is due to concerns about the increase in protests around Parliament; ensuring the safety of the dogs and the MPs taking part is absolute priority.
Renew your passport earlier than planned, buy a GB sticker for your car, and prepare to wait four months before you can take your ferret on holiday: these are all among the snippets of advice offered by the government’s new Brexit website for British citizens planning to travel to the EU after 31 October.
Just look at them (Picture: Alamy Live News/ PA)Let’s be honest, everyone’s favourite part of elections is seeing dogs at polling stations. Brits are taking their four-legged friends to vote in the European Parliament elections at polling stations across the UK today.
Smuggled beagle puppy being checked after being seized at port (Image: RSPCA )The RSPCA says greater border security could thwart smugglers trafficking thousands of puppies into the UK every year – many too young and sick to be sold legally to families.
A pal checks in on the exhausted dog to see if she’s okay (Picture: KHAP.The Mega Agency)If you need some more pictures of dogs with their tongues hanging out to get you through the rest of the week, then take a look at Elmer the eight-year-old Bernese mountain dog.
Yes, all our dreams have come true – the Brexit march has been taken over by a pack of incredibly cute and fluffy dogs. (Picture: Richard Hartley-Parkinson). (Picture: Richard Hartley-Parkinson). (Picture: LNP). (Picture: AP) (Picture: AP) (Picture: AP) (Picture: AP)
“We are also concerned that pet travel changes under a no-deal Brexit could spark a surge in demand for small animal vets and laboratory capacity to fulfil increased requirements for rabies testing and vaccination at a time when the workforce is already experiencing shortfalls.
Organisers of the “wooferendum” march say more than half of vets registering in the UK each year come from abroad, most from the EU, and they cite a report by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) saying a cut in numbers would be likely to cause shortages, jeopardising animal welfare and economic production.