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  1. Avian influenza (bird flu): how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of avian influenza.

  2. Avian influenza (bird flu) outbreaks

    Latest situation including current outbreaks and measures in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

  3. The Honey Bee Health Strategy 2022 - 2032

    The main aim of the strategy is “Working in partnership to achieve a healthy and sustainable population of honey bees in Scotland”.

  4. American Foulbrood found in Perthshire bee hive

    Beekepers within 3km of affected hive encouraged to increase biosecurity

  5. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE): how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  6. Bovine Tuberculosis - proposals to amend the Tuberculosis (Scotland) Order 2007: consultation

    We are gathering views on specific proposals relating to bovine tuberculosis, including diagnostic testing, cattle movements, isolation requirements and unclean cattle.

  7. Animal Health Act 1981: expenditure and prosecutions – 2021

    This statutory return is collated and laid before the Scottish Parliament in accordance with Section 80 of the Animal Health Act 1981. The report covers expenditure incurred and prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981, and incidences of disease in imported animals for the year 2021.

  8. Official veterinarians training support

    Support for official veterinarians (OVs) undertaking statutory work on behalf of Scottish ministers.

  9. Bird keepers urged to maintain scrupulous biosecurity standards as housing measures set to be lifted

    Stringent standards of biosecurity remain essential as the risk of avian influenza continues.

  10. Bovine TB

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  11. Sheep scab notifications

    Notifications of suspected or confirmed cases of sheep scab in Scotland mapped by region.

  12. Action to improve animal welfare

    Plans to outlaw glue traps in Scotland.

  13. Biosecurity practices for animal health: guidance

    Biosecurity is a set of management practices that collectively reduce the potential for the introduction or spread of animal disease-causing organisms onto and between farms.

  14. Scotland’s detector dogs

    Canines on the frontline to help stop the importation of exotic animal diseases.

  15. New case of Avian Influenza

    Disease confirmed in poultry in Scotland.

  16. New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds against avian flu

    Bird keepers should review biosecurity and house birds.

  17. Protecting Scotland’s beaver population

    New measures to expand numbers and restore biodiversity.

  18. Livestock identification and traceability: guidance

    How we identify animals and how they are tracked when they are moved.

  19. Poultry keepers – Act now to reduce your risk from bird flu this winter

    Poultry keepers are being urged to prepare for avian flu and reduce the risk of disease in their birds over the winter.

  20. Pig Producers’ Fund

    Applications now open for hardship support scheme.

  21. Schmallenberg: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  22. Foulbrood: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  23. Lifting the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

    Poultry keepers advised to remain vigilant as heightened biosecurity measures lifted

  24. Animal imports and exports: guidance

    This guidance applies only to import and export of farm animals and domesticated animals.

  25. Bird gatherings: guidance

    Guidance for organisers of bird gatherings in Scotland.

  26. Animal health: movement restrictions

    Details around the strict controls around the movement of animals to prevent disease.

  27. Scottish Animal Welfare Commission: report on the use of rodent glue traps in Scotland

    Report on the use of rodent glue traps in Scotland.

  28. Avian Influenza: Housing measures set to be lifted on 31 March

    Biosecurity measures remain in force in Scotland, England and Wales to protect flocks from avian influenza.

  29. Avian influenza update

    Limiting the spread of the disease

  30. Avian Influenza Case

    Second case of disease confirmed in flock of kept gamebirds in Scotland.

  31. £2.5 million emergency funding for zoos and aquariums

    Support to protect animal welfare and conservation work.

  32. Criminal law - dealing with dangerous dogs: consultation

    Discussion paper seeking views on steps that might be taken to improve the way in which the criminal law may deal with dog owners where their dogs act in a dangerous way.

  33. Greater protection for iconic Scottish mountain hares

    New licensing regime to take effect from March.

  34. Further protection for animals

    New rules for breeding of puppies, kittens and rabbits.

  35. Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010: guidance - updated

    Guidance is provided in accordance with the duty upon the Scottish Ministers under section 12(1) of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 to issue guidance to local authorities in relation to the exercise of their functions and the functions of authorised officers under the 2010 Act.

  36. Avian Influenza update

    Limiting the spread of the disease.

  37. Avian Influenza case

    Disease confirmed in birds in Scotland.

  38. Tougher penalties for animal and wildlife crime

    Animals and Wildlife Act comes in to force in Scotland.

  39. Farm Animal Welfare Committee's opinion on the welfare of animals during transport: consultation

    This consultation is seeking views on the recommendations made by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee in their opinion on the welfare of animals during transport.

  40. New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds against avian flu

    Bird keepers should review biosecurity and house birds.

  41. Werritty Report response

    Additional measures to protect birds of prey.

  42. Avian influenza protection measures

    Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared in response to cases of highly pathogenic H5N8 in GB and Europe.

  43. European foulbrood control plan: 2020

    Sets out our strategy for the control of EFB on infected beekeeping businesses within the notional infection zone.

  44. Animal welfare prosecutions reported by the Scottish SPCA: 2011-2019

    Findings of analysis of animal welfare case data collected by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

  45. Welfare of laying hens and pullets: guidance

    Guidance about the needs of laying hens and pullets and how to meet these needs in accordance with good practice.

  46. Horse passports: guidance for owners, keepers, veterinarians and local authorities 2020

    This guidance is designed to assist in understanding the requirements for horse passports and specifically the duties/roles each of horse owners/keepers, veterinarians and Scottish local authorities in ensuring a horse is correctly identified throughout its lifetime.

  47. Support for zoos

    Package of measures available. 

  48. Enhanced protection for animals and wildlife

    Increased animal cruelty penalties and new legal protections for service animals to be introduced.

  49. Bee disease confirmed in Perthshire

    American Foulbrood found near Blairgowrie.

  50. Mobile abattoirs - viability and sustainability: report

    The findings of a study carried out to determine whether or not mobile slaughter units (MSUs) would be viable in Scotland.

  51. Amendments to the Animal Health Act 1981: consultation analysis

    An analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on amendments to the Animal Health Act 1981.

  52. Protecting animals and wildlife

    Animal welfare bill to be debated.

  53. Scottish Animal Welfare Commission appointed

    New advisory body on animal welfare.

  54. Equine viral encephalomyelitis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease. 

  55. Equine viral arteritis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  56. Epizootic lymphangitis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease. 

  57. Dourine: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease. 

  58. Contagious equine metritis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  59. Equine infectious anaemia: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  60. African horse sickness: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  61. Swine influenza: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  62. Field delivery of animal health services in Scotland: review

    Review examining the strengths and weaknesses of the field delivery of animal health and welfare services in Scotland.

  63. New beef sector climate group

    Moving to a low-carbon future.

  64. Veterinary profession's value to Scotland: preliminary economic assessment

    A preliminary economic assessment of the veterinary profession’s value to Scotland.

  65. Eradicating BVD: estimating the savings to farmers

    Research paper illustrating the financial savings at a farm and sector level of eliminating Bovine Viral Diarrhoea.

  66. Sheep attacks and harassment: research

    Findings from survey research on sheep worrying and wildlife attacks on sheep.

  67. Attacks on sheep by dogs and wildlife: research findings

    Research findings from survey research on attacks on sheep by dogs and wildlife.

  68. Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD)

    Advice on the requirements of Scotland’s BVD eradication scheme and details of the screening programme.

  69. Animal welfare bill: data protection impact assessment

    Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill DPIA.

  70. Animal Welfare Bill: BRIA

    Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA).

  71. Animal welfare bill: fairer Scotland assessment

    Animals and Wildlife (Penalties Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill FSA.

  72. Animal welfare bill: children's rights and wellbeing assessment

    Animals and Wildlife (Penalties Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill CRWIA.

  73. Animal welfare bill: strategic environment assessment

    Animals and Wildlife (Penalties Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill SEA.

  74. Animal welfare bill: equality impact assessment

    Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill EQIA.

  75. Majority of Scots want tougher control on fireworks

    Public concerns over animal welfare highlighted.

  76. Amendments to the Animal Health Act 1981: consultation

    We are seeking views to strengthen animal health legislation to allow for more effective and proportionate enforcement provisions.

  77. Animal Welfare Bill published

    Modernising enforcement penalties.

  78. Animal Welfare Commission

    New body to protect animals.

  79. Animal Welfare Bill will protect service animals

    Minister meets Finn the police dog.

  80. Bee disease confirmed in Perthshire

    American Foulbrood found near Pitlochry.

  81. Wildlife crime penalties: consultation

    We are seeking views on strengthening wildlife legislation by increasing the maximum available penalties.

  82. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006: analysis of consultation responses

    Summary of responses to our consultation on proposals to increase maximum penalties, speed up process for making permanent arrangements for seized animals and giving power for fixed penalty notices.

  83. Animal health: biosecurity posters for event organisers

    Posters to encourage event visitors to use disinfectant mats and to wash their hands or use sanitisers.

  84. Distillery by-products, livestock feed and bio-energy use: report

    We commissioned this report in response to concerns by livestock farmers about the impact of anaerobic digestion and bio-energy on the availability of distillery by-product for use as livestock feed in Scotland.

  85. Bee disease confirmed in Perthshire

    American Foulbrood found near Blairgowrie.

  86. Animal health and welfare framework 2019 to 2020

    This framework provides a risk based approach to animal health and welfare duties carried out by local authorities.

  87. Bee disease confirmed in West Lothian

    European Foulbrood (EFB) detected in West Lothian colony.

  88. Licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities: consultation responses

    Summary of responses to our consultation on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland.

  89. Welfare of meat chickens and meat breeding chickens: guidance

    Detailed information about the needs of meat chickens and meat breeding chickens and how to meet these needs in accordance with good practice.

  90. Fireworks in Scotland consultation: technical annex

    More detail about the current legislation and regulations on the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland.

  91. Fireworks in Scotland: consultation

    We are seeking your views on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland.

  92. Improvements to animal welfare

    Proposals to increase sentencing for animal cruelty.

  93. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006: consultation on proposed amendments

    We are seeking views on strengthening animal welfare legislation by increasing the maximum available penalties, introducing fixed penalty notices, and making it easier for approved bodies to quickly make the best arrangements for seized animals.

  94. New legislation on fox hunting

    Limitations on dog numbers to be introduced.

  95. Animal slaughter: regulations

    Information about the various regulations that govern animal slaughter.

  96. Compulsory closed-circuit TV recording at abattoirs consultation: summary of responses

    Analysis of responses to our public consultation on introducing compulsory CCTV recording in Scottish abattoirs.

  97. Animal welfare improved

    Mandatory CCTV in abattoirs.

  98. Exotic diseases of animals: contingency framework plan (2018)

    Version six of our contingency framework plan covering exotic notifiable diseases of livestock.

  99. Bird gatherings licence: November 2018

    Bird gatherings are currently permitted in Scotland under the general licence. The organiser of the gathering is responsible for ensuring that the conditions of the general licence are complied with, including strict biosecurity requirements.

  100. West Nile virus: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  101. Teschen disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  102. Rift Valley fever: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  103. Porcine epidemic diarrhoea: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  104. Glanders and farcy: how to spot and report the diseases

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of these infectious diseases 

  105. Epizootic haemorrhagic disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease. 

  106. Enzootic bovine leukosis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  107. Contagious agalactia: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  108. Classical swine fever: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  109. Vesicular stomatitis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  110. Swine vesicular disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  111. Sheep and goat pox: how to spot and report the diseases

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of these infectious diseases.

  112. Rinderpest: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  113. Paramyxovirus infection: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  114. Newcastle disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  115. Lumpy skin disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  116. Goat plague: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  117. Chronic wasting disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  118. Tropilaelaps: how to spot and report the pest

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this pest.

  119. Small hive beetle: how to spot and report the pest

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this pest.

  120. Scrapie: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  121. Sheep scab: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  122. Rabies: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  123. Foot and mouth disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  124. Contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  125. Bluetongue: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  126. Anthrax: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  127. African swine fever: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  128. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE): feed controls

    There are specific rules to prevent the spread of BSE and other TSEs through the use of animal by-products in animal feed.

  129. Warble fly: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  130. Johne's disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  131. Brucellosis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  132. Aujeszky’s disease: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.

  133. Dog training aids: guidance

    Guidance on training methods and training aids for dogs, with particular focus on the welfare issues that may arise from the use of aversive methods including e-collars.

  134. Contagious epididymitis: how to spot and report the disease

    Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of this infectious disease.    

  135. Licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities: consultation

    Seeks views on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland.

  136. Introduction of compulsory closed-circuit TV recording at abattoirs: consultation

    Public consultation from 28 March to 20 June 2018 seeking views on the introduction of compulsory CCTV in all areas of slaughterhouses where live animals are present.

  137. Exotic diseases of animals: communications strategy

    This communications strategy is for use in the event of a disease outbreak, whether a major outbreak with widespread disease, or a more limited incident.

  138. Exotic diseases of animals: contingency framework plan

    Framework for the response to both a suspected and confirmed outbreak of an exotic notifiable disease of animals in Scotland.

  139. Animal by-products: disposal guidance

    Strict regulations designed to prevent harm to people, animals and the environment.

  140. Commercial animal transport: guidance

    Guidance on the welfare of commercial animals in transport.

  141. Microchipping of dogs: guidance for local authorities

    This information is mainly aimed at local authorities and other delivery partners.

  142. Pet animal transport: guidance

    Guidance for owners and carriers on the welfare of pet animals in transit.

  143. Biosecurity practices for animal health: guidance for public sector staff

    Management practices that collectively reduce the potential for the introduction or spread of animal disease-causing organisms onto and between farms.

  144. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006: guidance

    The Government has prepared notes to aid understanding by providing general guidance on the content of the Act and where appropriate, to give additional notes on its general and specific provisions. They do not form part of the Act and have not been endorsed by Parliament.

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