The Pets’n’Vets Family advises pet owners intending to take their pet abroad next spring to plan ahead in the event of a No-Deal Brexit

The Pets’n’Vets Family, the network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, is advising pet owners intending to take their pet abroad next spring to consider the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit.

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A Defra EU Exit update circulated to Official Veterinarians this week sets out information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a no-deal Brexit scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations.

The notice sets out how the arrangements that allow pet owners to travel to and from the EU with pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) could change if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal.

It explains what pet owners would need to do to prepare their pets for travel, as well as what Official Veterinarians (OVs) would need to do to ensure UK pet owners travelling with their pets continue to meet the requirements of the EU pet travel scheme.

Under the current EU Pet Travel Scheme, pet owners can travel with their animals to and from EU countries provided they hold a valid EU pet passport.

This current system means that before a pet can travel from the UK to an EU country for the first time, it must be taken to an Official Veterinarian (OV) at least 21 days before travel. The OV will ensure the animal has a microchip and rabies vaccination, before issuing an EU pet passport, which remains valid for travel for the pet’s lifetime or until all of the treatment spaces are filled.

On its return to the UK, the pet has its microchip scanned (to confirm its identity) and passport checked (to ensure it corresponds with the microchip and treatment requirements are met).

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal, it would become a third country for the purposes of the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

Pets would continue to be able to travel from the UK to the EU, but the requirements for documents and health checks would differ depending on what category of third country the UK becomes on the day we leave the EU.

Should the UK be listed as an unlisted third country, pet owners intending to travel with their pet from the UK to EU countries would need to discuss preparations for their pet’s travel with an Official Veterinarian (OV) at least four months in advance of the date they wish to travel.

Additionally, pets would require to travel with an animal health certificate issued by an OV which would be valid for entry to the EU for 10 days from the date of issue. Separate certifications would be required for each movement into the EU, and each such movement would need to be via pre-designated ‘Travellers Point of Entry (TPE)’ locations.

Pet owners intending to travel to the EU on, or after, the 30 March 2019 need to discuss their requirements with their vet before the end of November 2018.

Pets’n’Vets Family partner Ross Allan, an award-winning RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery at the award-winning Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital, said: “We would urge pet owners intending to take their pets abroad next year to make themselves aware of the implications for them and their pets in the event of a no-deal Brexit. We will be watching further developments in the Brexit negotiations with interest and will ensure that all our clients are kept fully informed of any changes.”


For further information please contact Ross Allan at tel 0141 649 4949

Issued on behalf of The Pets’n’Vets Family by Liquorice Media tel 0141 297 1699

Date: 26 September 2018

Notes to Editors

• The full briefing as was issued by DEFRA to OVs, includes details of the current situation and potential impact of no deal Brexit, and can accessed at: