Requirement for Vet Visit Documentation
August 4, 2023
Changes to EU Animal Health Regulations mean that from 13th December 2023 UK producers sending animals to market or to slaughter must be able to demonstrate that a veterinary visit has taken place in the past 12 months and can no longer self-declare. At least some portion of most carcases is exported which means that most farm businesses will need to ensure compliance. Farms that are Red Tractor assured or when a visit has taken place as part of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway for England do not need to complete the declaration, however, non-assured farms will need to ensure that a declaration has been signed.
Declarations will be valid for a year after the date of the visit and will need to be renewed annually. For cattle units, this visit will be covered by annual TB tests unless the farm is in a 4 year testing area. For cattle units with other enterprises, we will be asking to see the rest of the livestock at the TB test to ensure the declaration can be signed for all species. For sheep, commercial pigs and goats, it is likely that a visit will need to be arranged for us to complete this document. This visit will also cover the requirements for a medicine check. Please be aware that all sites registered under the CPH number will need to be assessed.
Please be aware the you will need a completed declaration in time for 13th December 2023 so if we are unlikely to be on the farm before this time and have not been out recently, please contact the surgery to arrange a visit.