Animal health and welfare
Avian influenza - Information on the situation in Suffolk/Norfolk (November 2007)
Bluetongue latest situation - Information on the situation in East Anglia, (September 2007, ongoing)
Foot and Mouth Disease latest situation - Information on the situation in Surrey, August/September 2007
The health and welfare of animals is central to Defra's work of protecting and improving livestock and controlling and eradicating disease. The Animal Health and Welfare pages are divided into various subject areas each with its own ‘Home page’ and ‘Latest news’ section. These are detailed below:
Information on the disposal of animal by-products which are animal carcases, parts of carcases or products of animal origin that are not intended for human consumption.
Animal health & welfare
The route map for work to improve the health and welfare of kept animals in Great Britain.
Information on the Animal Welfare Act, plus advice on transporting animals during hot weather, guidance on welfare in transport regulations and guidance on domestic and farm animal welfare.
- Avian influenza (Bird flu)
- Equine Infectious Anaemia
- Foot and Mouth Disease
Livestock movements, identification
Guidance on the movement of livestock and information on their identification, registration and tracing.
- Chief Veterinary Officer - See also Government Veterinary Surgeons website.
- Government Veterinary Journal - An official journal of Defra and is the UK journal specialising in State Veterinary Medicine.
- Veterinary Training Research Initiative (VTRI) - An initiative to encourage both students and practising vets to get involved in research that could prevent or halt outbreaks of animal disease.
Defra's delivery agents relating to animal health and welfare:
- Animal Health - Formerly the State Veterinary Service.
- Veterinary Laboratories Agency
- Veterinary Medicines Directorate
- Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee
- Farm Animal Welfare Council
- Companion Animal Welfare Council
Page last modified: December 17, 2007