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Vets call for action at Annual Scottish Dinner

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on Scottish government for action on welfare legislation and surveillance plans at the Annual Scottish Dinner.

At the dinner, which was attended by members of parliament, representatives of animal health and welfare organisations and senior members of the veterinary profession, BVA president Carl Padgett outlined his targets.

These included the need for tangible outcomes on veterinary surveillance, increased resources for the Highlands and Islands Veterinary Services Scheme (HIVSS), and arguments for the compulsory microchipping of dogs.

BVA president Carl Padgett said: “As a member of the Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare we have recently questioned the Cabinet Secretary on the level of progress made on secondary legislation under the Act. Five years since it came into force and we are yet to see proposals from the Government on pet vending, animal sanctuaries, livery yards, riding establishments, boarding kennels, dog breeding and performing animals.”

On HIVSS Padgett said: “For me the Highlands and Islands Scheme embodies the principles of working together to deliver animal health and welfare and provides a good example to the rest of the UK of how such partnership working can achieve positive outcomes.”

Carl Padgett’s speech also contained a discussion on bovine viral diarrhoea eradication; risk-based TB testing; the quality of veterinary research in Scotland; antimicrobial resistance; the Domestic Abuse Veterinary Initiative; the BVA AWF/RSPCA puppy contract and puppy information pack; tail docking of puppies; slaughter without pre-stunning; wild animals in travelling circuses; and the Veterinary Development Council.

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