Regarding the Pet Travel scheme, the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP) agrees with the extension to the transitional period for the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Malta and recommends that this should be for at least a further 2 years, while the impact of cross border transmission of disease is further assessed. The topic was discussed by the recent UEVP general assembly, which also found that the waiting time for the proof of adequate antibody levels after rabies vaccination could be reduced from 6 to 3 months. According to UEVP vice president Harvey Locke, correct prevention of Echinococcus multilocularis and tick borne disease remains recommendable, although the time interval of treatment prior to transnational departure could be increased to 24h - 7 days (currently 24-48 hours) “in order to help avoid confusion and reduce discomfort for travellers”. The UEVP also stressed the importance of reliable identification of pets, and recommended the immediate withdrawal of tattoos as official identification method, in particular since there is no internationally recognised standard and no data exchange within the EU. “This means two animals could easily bear the same tattoo, stressed Harvey Locke “Many countries even don’t have an authority able to allocate the numbers”. Furthermore, there is no definition of the word “tattoo”. The UEVP urges the Commission to propose compulsory registration of all microchipped pets on a central database, together with registration of all pet passports.