Paula Boyden

  • Webinar recorded on Thu 17th September, 2015
  • 1 hours 22 mins
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Paula Boyden will discuss Rabies: Pet Passports and Increased Risks. Changes to the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) that were introduced at the beginning of 2012 meant that the preparation time for a dog to enter the UK was significantly reduced from around 7 months to just 3 weeks. This has resulted in a marked increase in dogs entering the UK, and with it, one might argue, an increased risk of disease. Whilst the incidence of rabies across the EU has decreased significantly in recent years, the EU is now covers a much larger area with some 26 Member States. So what is the real risk of disease? Rabies is an emotive subject and must be taken into consideration, but so should other diseases associated with travelling pets, not all of them covered by PETS. This webinar will cover the legislation associated with movement of dogs into the UK, explore the impact of the changes made and the role of the veterinary surgeon. Paula graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1992. She spent 11 years in general practice before moving into industry in 2003. Paula joined Dogs Trust as Deputy Veterinary Director in 2010 and was promoted to Veterinary Director in 2011. Paula is currently treasurer of the Links Group, a founder member of the Association of Charity Vets and board member of the Blue Dog Trust (which focuses on dog bite prevention). She is also a member of BVA’s Veterinary Policy Group and BSAVAs International Advisory Committee. Paula has 2 Golden Retrievers, Phoebe and Charlie.

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