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EU Exit update: Small Animal Exports and Companion Animals

Published on 29 Oct 2018

To Official Veterinarians

Over the summer the Government published a series of Technical Notices outlining preparations for a 'no deal' Brexit. The Government is committed to achieving a deal with the EU and does not want or expect a 'no deal' scenario. However, it is only right that, as a responsible government, we continue to prepare for all scenarios.

Following on from the Technical Notices, we have now published an additional briefing to help Official Veterinarians understand the implications of a 'no deal' Brexit on the UK's ability to move pet cats, dogs and ferrets and commercially traded dogs, cats and ferrets travelling under Directive 92/65/EEC (as amended) as well as other pets (birds, rabbits, etc.) to the EU.

This can be found on the APHA Vet Gateway:

Important information
Of particular importance to OVs is the information regarding changes to Pet Travel in a 'no deal' scenario. Under this scenario, pet owners intending to travel with their pet from the UK to EU countries would need to discuss preparations for their pet's travel with an OV at least four months in advance of their travel date. This means pet owners intending to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019 would need to discuss requirements with their vet before the end of November 2018 to be certain they can travel in all possible scenarios.

In the case of the UK being an unlisted third country, OVs would have to carry out a blood titre test to prove that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they could travel to the EU. Depending on a pets' history and the result of the test the process could take up to four months. Full details, including timings, are included in the briefing notes and technical notice.

From early November the government will be making pet owners aware of the additional actions required in a worst case 'no deal' scenario so customers may come to you for advice. We will continue to keep you updated on key developments as soon as we are able to.

Kind regards,

Simon Hall

Director of EU Exit and Trade
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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