Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

Updated March 2021:

We remain open to see clients on the basis of clinical need, and strictly by appointment only. If you have an appointment, please aim to arrive at the specified time to ensure we can keep to schedule.

All clients visiting the practice must please wear a face covering, and maintain a 2 metre distance at all times.
Clients must please phone the practice before attending.

Please note: The BVA and RCVS have advised that we should see only cases which cannot wait under the current restrictions. If you are unsure, please call us on 01727 854787.
Where possible, we ask that clients avoid phoning the practice during consulting times (9-11am; 4:30-7pm weekdays).


Travelling abroad after the UK leaves the EU

 

Last updated: 14/12/2020

Pet Passports to be replaced by ANIMAL HEALTH CERTIFICATES

Veterinary Practices have this week been informed by government that the UK will have ‘Part 2’ listed status for pets traveling from the UK to the EU after the 1st January 2021.

All existing UK Pet Passports, the blue booklets, will no longer be valid for travel from that date.

From 23h00 on the 31st December 2020 any pet previously eligible for a Pet Passport, or who has a Pet Passport, will need to be issued with an ANIMAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE (AHC) by a veterinary practice instead.

It is important to know the following:

  • Your pet must have a valid and up to date Rabies vaccination with proof of its identity (microchip) and proof of a sufficient antibody titre (certificate supplied by a government approved laboratory) prior to applying for an ANIMAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE. The pet traveling for the first time will need a microchip, followed by a Rabies vaccination.
  • AHCs are valid for only 10 days after the date of issue, and you are obliged to travel within 10 days.
  • AHCs are valid for a single trip only.
  • Once in the EU you may travel onward for 4 months.
  • Once in the EU you can re-enter the UK on the same AHC for up to 4 months after the issue of that AHC.
  • The practice is not permitted to issue any AHCs before the 22nd of December 2020.
  • You must make yourself aware of the conditions of entry for your destination country, or entry point, inside the EU.
  • You cannot change your EU entry point once the AHC is completed.
  • A new AHC will need to be completed if you change your point of entry into the EU.
  • Animals younger than 12 weeks will not be permitted for export, and travel is not permitted until 21 days after a Rabies vaccination. We have not yet been instructed as to when and if that puppy requires a blood test for the Rabies antibody titre.

AHCs are large 10-page documents that require a considerable time to complete, and can be completed only by the practice and certified by a veterinary surgeon. This means that with our already busy work day there will be a limited number of AHCs we will be able to complete before the 1st January 2021. There will be inevitable delays, and we thank you in advance for your patience.


There is no way to expedite this process, so if you plan to travel abroad with your pet after 1st January 2021, please ensure you plan ahead.


Please contact the practice for more details, to book in a rabies vaccine. Please note that we have no say in the decision or the regulations, and are offering this advice based on information we have received from the Government.

 

 

To summarise, to enter the EU with your pet from 1st January 2021, you will need:

- A microchip and up-to-date rabies vaccine;

- An Animal Health Certificate (no more than 10 days prior to initial entry into the EU);

- Some countries (e.g. France and Spain) also have their own particular requirements for entry, but as these vary by country we cannot give blanket advice on here

 

(The latest information suggests the rabies blood titre and certificate will not be required as part of this process, but the situation is still to be finalised and may still change)

 

for each pet you wish to take with you



The latest information can be found here.