New guidance for companion animal establishments and their inspection has been published

Published in the prestigious scientific journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, the ‘Guidelines for Inspection of Companion and Commercial Animal Establishments’, is believed to provide the best evidence-based and most objective information resource of its kind anywhere in the world.  

For decades, concerns over animal welfare and public health issues have been reported for a variety of animal establishments including dog breeding kennels, pet shops and other facilities. Formal inspection methods have been inconsistent at best. A lack of objective, universal, guidance has played a role in a situation that has long been unacceptable.

Animal Husbandry and inspection protocols

The new report offers comprehensive coverage for both animal husbandry (including invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) as well as inspection protocols for a variety of commercial and non-commercial establishments such as pet shops, breeding centres, boarding kennels and sanctuaries. Space for animals, responsible handover, facility layout, human health and safety, and a dedicated scoring tool, are among many issues detailed in the publication.

The guidance  has been published following six years of research and development by an international team of leading scientists and vets.