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01-01-2008 - UEVP stresses the importance of reliable identification

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.

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