Farming Standards

Information on Animal Diseases

You can find information on how to spot and deal with animal diseases in our Farming Guidance leaflets.

Notifiable Diseases

If you suspect an outbreak of a notifiable disease, you must report it.

Contingency Plans

In the event of a disease outbreak we work closely with the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Emergency Planning to implement regional and local contingency plans. Our contingency plans are regularly revisited and tested to ensure that we can provide a rapid and effective response.

If you keep livestock we recommend you have your own plans in place to help manage a disease situation on farm.

Local Resilience Forum Plan

Co-ordinated response to disease outbreaks across the South West between agencies (Trading Standards, NHS, Environment Agency, Emergency Services etc).

Devon County Council Generic Plan

Actions required in the case of any notifiable disease.

Disease-specific annexes:

For more information on contingency plans including creating one for your farm, please go to Contingency planning for livestock diseases.

Pet Travel Scheme

The Pet Travel Scheme allows:

  • Pet dogs, cats and ferrets to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules.
  • People in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other countries and territories, and return with them to the UK without the need for quarantine.

The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other exotic diseases. The UK has been free from rabies for many years, but because of the existence of the disease in other countries there is a continued need for an effective system to be in place to manage the risk of rabies being introduced by imported animals.

The scheme’s rules include getting your pet fitted with a microchip so that it can be properly identified, getting it vaccinated against rabies and obtaining a pet passport. Dogs must also be treated for tapeworm between one and five days before arriving in the UK.

More information on the pet passport scheme.

Puppy-buying checklist

When purchasing a puppy/pet that has been imported from Europe, it is important to check the following:

  • The microchip number on the passport matches the puppy’s microchip.
  • The date of birth in the passport matches your puppy’s age.
  • It was tapeworm-treated more than 24 hours before entering the UK.
  • It was health-checked by a vet prior to landing in the UK.
  • Rabies vaccination was carried when the puppy was 12 or more weeks of age and that it did not enter the UK before 21 days after this has passed.
  • If the puppy has been pet passported correctly, it will be 15 weeks or more of age before entering the UK.

This also includes pets entering from Southern Ireland.

For further information see our guide to buying a puppy.