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Pet travel to Europe after Brexit

Advice for pet owners planning to take a pet to any EU country after 29 March 2019 in the unlikely event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Animal and Plant Health Agency

1.     Rules for pet travel

2.     Repeat trips to the EU

3.     Return to the UK

4.     UK nationals living abroad

The Government is committed to achieving a deal with the EU. But in the unlikely event we do not reach an agreement, we have a duty as a responsible government to plan for every eventuality.

To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after 29 March 2019 in any scenario, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

Rules for pet travel

The rules for taking your pet to any EU country will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal and is treated as an unlisted country.

You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel.

However, to allow effective contingency planning in the worst case scenario of the UK not being granted third country status, you’ll need to take the following steps to make sure your pet can travel after 29 March 2019:

1.     You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. You’ll need to talk to your vet about whether you need a rabies vaccination or booster before this test.

2.     Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.

3.     The results of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful (Your pet must have a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml).

4.     You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel.

5.     You must take your pet to a Official Veterinarian (OV), no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate.

If there’s no deal, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.

You should contact your vet at least 4 months before you plan on travelling to any EU country.

A successful blood test is only required for first time travel to an EU country. This is provided that your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date with boosters before the expiry date of the previous vaccination.

Your pet health certificate would be valid for:

·         10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU

·         4 months of onward travel within the EU

·         re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue

On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pets would be required to enter through a designated Travellers’ Point of Entry (TPE). At the TPE, the pet owner may be asked to present proof of microchip, rabies vaccination and the blood test result alongside their pet’s health certificate.

Repeat trips to the EU

Pets that have previously had a blood test and have an up-to-date rabies vaccination do not need to repeat the blood test. Your pet will need a health certificate for each trip to the EU.

To get a new health certificate you must take your pet to an OV no more than 10 days before you travel. You must take proof of:

·         your pet’s vaccination history

·         a successful rabies antibody blood test result

Return to the UK

Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:

·         an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens)

·         the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU

·         a UK pet health certificate (issued outside the UK for travel into the UK only)

Check the routes before you travel. On existing approved routes your documents and microchip will be checked. If you’re not travelling on an approved route talk to your vet about what preparations you need to make before travel.

There will be no change to the current requirements for pets entering the UK from the EU after 29 March.

Travel from countries that are not free from tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis)

You’ll need to take your dog to a vet between one and five days before returning to the UK for an approved tapeworm treatment.

You do not need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly to the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

UK nationals living abroad

If you’re living in Europe and are planning to travel with your pet using a UK-issued pet passport, you should speak to your local vet. They’ll be able to help you understand the impact of Brexit and ensure you’re compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations.

If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to the UK.

To return your pet to an EU country from the UK, you’ll need to ensure it has a successful rabies antibody blood test.

If your pet has a successful blood test before leaving the EU you will not need to wait the 3 months before travelling.

Guidance on the new rules

Read the government’s detailed guidance on Taking your pet abroad if there’s no Brexit deal.

We are seeking technical discussions with the European Commission to allow the UK to become a listed third country on the day we leave the EU. We will continue to press the Commission to discuss this option with us. The technical notice explains the impacts of all three different types of third country status in terms of the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

For information on the Pet Travel Scheme in Northern Ireland, readthe Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) pet travel.

Read about the UK government’s preparations for a no deal scenario.

Published 6 November 2018

Specialist Dermatologist comes to Oathall!

Does your pet suffer from recurrent skin irritation? Dermatology or skin disease can be really challenging to manage. It is upsetting for pets and frustrating for owners and veterinary surgeons alike. We have recently welcomed Charlie Walker, an independent dermatologist, to do clinics at our practice.

Charlie qualified as a dermatologist in 1999 when he was awarded the postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2015, he was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practitioner (Veterinary Dermatology). Charlie is the only independent, full-time veterinary dermatologist working solely within the South-East. He has complete clinical freedom from corporate practice prescribing constraints.

The initial consultations are up to ninety minutes long with follow-up consultations of thirty to forty-five minutes. Before these consultations, Charlie gathers and collates the historical information on the course of the skin problem to date. Some tests are performed during the consultation and other samples may be taken for further analysis at external laboratories. Charlie aims to establish a long-term treatment plan which is individually tailored to your pet.

Advice sheets detailing further treatment plans are provided and case discussions with the referring Veterinary Surgeon take place. A full summary report is also produced for the referring vet.

You can visit his website at:


One of our RVN’s Sophie recently spent 4 months in 2016 travelling around South America and Cape Town in South Africa. Whilst in Cape Town, Sophie volunteered for one month at Cheetah Outreach. Sophie also spend 1 year travelling in 2007, and 6 months travelling in 2011.

Cheetah Outreach is a small animal centre caring for Cheetahs, Bat Eared Foxes, Servals, Jackals, Meerkats, one Caracal and Anatolian Shepherd Dogs. These animals are at Cheetah Outreach as ambassador animals to raise awareness and funds to help preserve the Cheetah. This is done by placing Anatolian Guard Dogs onto farmer’s land who then grow up with livestock and learn to protect it. Cheetahs are often mistaken as the predators that have attacked the farmer’s livestock as they are seen out in the day, but it is generally always the night-time hunters. The farmers will sadly shoot the Cheetahs when they are seen in the day, but with an Anatolian in place, this will be enough to scare away the Cheetah as  they are non-confrontational.

The Cheetah is very sadly rapidly declining in numbers and is critically endangered with less than 5000 remaining in the wild. Cheetah Outreach is raising awareness of the farmer/cheetah conflict and doing all they can to help preserve this beautiful animal.

Whilst working at Cheetah Outreach, Sophie would care for the animals, give guided tours, work on the entrance and in the gift shop, and perform general duties.

This is what Sophie said about the experience: I love to travel, see the world and experience the nature the World has to offer. I have been fortunate to work with some amazing and beautiful animals and big cats. Working with Cheetahs and other cats was a fantastic experience and to hear a Cheetah purr is amazing – my favourite noise!


Do you find it difficult to come into the surgery with your pet? Maybe they hate the car, or your cat disappears as soon as the carrier comes out of hiding! Our Vet, Matthew Clark, does home visits every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm! These are offered at a reduced rate if booked at least 24 hours in advance. You must be available between 10am and 2pm as the order of visits is not decided until the morning.

These visits fill up quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment!

We are very excited to be able to offer a much larger range of goods via our online shop including food, toys and non-prescription medications.

We now sell many items for a wider variety of animals than we treat such as horses, sheep and pigeons to name but a few!
Please look at our shop and remember that items can be delivered FREE OF CHARGE to our surgery for collection or you can pay a small fee and have them delivered to your door. Remember you do not need to be a client to make purchases from our shop!
Click on the link to start shopping today.

We are very excited to announce that we now stock our OWN BRAND products.

These are based on products that are very popular and have a proven success rate.
We have specifically added ingredients that are combined to be the most beneficial for your animals.
They include:
Joint Supplement to aid joints, help prevent deterioration and maintain mobility in all breeds especially larger breeds prone to arthritis, working, energetic and agility dogs. Available for large, medium, small breeds and cats.
Omega containing omega oils for a healthy skin, coat and heart available in large and small breeds.
Hairball Aid  aids the elimination of hairballs and helps maintain a healthy skin and coat for cats.
Ear Cleaner our own brand ear cleaner for use in all dogs not only smells nice but is less greasy than proprietary brands.
Feel free to call us for more information or pop in to the practice and check them out for yourselves.

Laser Therapy – A must read!

Do you have a cat or dog that suffers from arthritis, sprains, hip dysplasia ,inflammations, wounds ,allergies, lick granulomas, otitis or IBD?  Then laser therapy can be the answer to drug free, pain free relief for your pet.

This is a relatively new idea to Veterinary Medicine but has been used on humans for much longer.  It provides deep tissue penetration that goes even further than massage and gives instant relief from pain by de-sensitising nerve endings that are over sensitised through pain and inflammation.

It is fantastic for acute and chronic pain and speeds healing time.

During our trial period for this machine at Oathall we were overwhelmed with the results that we simply could not stop our patients having access to this pain free, pain relieving therapy.  We are one of the first Veterinary Surgeries in this area to purchase one and we feel very lucky to be able to offer this service to our clients.

Your Pet will generally need a few sessions but the amount varies greatly depending on the condition.  Most Insurance companies cover the cost of the laser therapy so it’s something to bear in mind.  (we do advise you check with your insurer first).

The time scale between treatments depends on what you are treating with the laser therapy and shall be determined by the Nurse who has been trained in Laser Therapy.  For example, an arthritic dog may require 3 sessions over 4-5 days then 2 sessions the following week, reducing to one session a week then every other week then monthly.  Each session takes approximately 20 minutes.

Don’t Delay!! Book your Pet in today!  Call 01444 440224 for an appointment.

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