Vector-borne Diseases 2016

Monday 1st August 2016
ESCCAP UK & Ireland News Item

Vector-borne Diseases 2016

ESCCAP VBD 2016: 19-20 October 2016

The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) is to host a major European science conference in Granada, Spain from 19-20th October 2016 at the SEVC conference, Palacio de Congresos de Granada.

This ESCCAP meeting will concentrate on the problems presented by emerging zoonotic vector-borne diseases in Europe. Highly-recognised experts and representatives of active research groups will provide updates from the field and this focused scientific meeting will bring together researchers of different areas to discuss common solutions in the frame of a one-health concept.

In addition to guest speaker presentations, the scientific committee will accept abstracts for further oral proceedings and also poster submissions. More information about the event can be found on ESCCAP's dedicated events website at

CPD: Tracking and Treating UK Parasites

Nottingham Vet School supported by ESCCAP UK & Ireland on the 19th of May is hosting a parasitology day for those involved in parasite control advice and diagnostics in Companion animal practice. It will include.

  • Lectures from parasitologists and clinicians giving a broad view of Parasites affecting Companion Animals . 
  • Accessible venues with good conference and catering facilities. 
  • Refreshments, lunch and notes from only £50+VAT  
  • Practical sessions, making for an informative and clinically relevant day.

For more information go to

It is important to remain up to date with the different parasitic challenges which we face in the UK and Ireland. Seasonal activities impact on the parasitic threats posed to companion animals throughout the year and changes to legislation, climate and new discoveries can all affect how we should be protecting our pet and family from companion animal parasites. The articles below are designed to keep you up to date with these current issues:

Tick , Lice and Flea Vector Borne Disease Study

Prof. Cutler is collecting fleas ticks and lice from pets across the country to look for Vector borne diseases by PCR. This will help build up a picture of the pathogens they are carrying, an area where many knowledge gaps exist! Ectoparasites of pets can harbour a variety of pathogens such as Bartonella spp and Borrelia spp which are capable of causing disease in people as well our pets. This makes documentation of their distribution across the UK vital and although tick surveys by Merial and MSD, as well as excellent work by Richard Birtles on ticks in the Lake district have been carried out, knowledge of the distribution of UK flea and lice borne pathogens is minimal. Please help by sending samples to. Sally J. Cutler Professor of Medical Microbiology, School of Health, Sport & Bioscience, University of East London, Water Lane, Stratford, London, E15 4LZ. Samples can be sent by Royal mail with the species and approximate age of host plus county of origin on the sample pots. For more information please contact Sally directly or ESCCAP UK & Ireland.

Travel rules are changing...

Most of us should now be well accustomed to the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) regulations that came into force in the UK on 1 January 2012. But many people may not yet realise that further amendments to these regulations are set to come into effect on 29th December 2014.


On 29th December 2014, the EU are introducing new pet travel regulations (576/2013) which are designed to consolidate existing EU regulations, improve the security of the pet passport and assist with the enforcement of the rules.

The primary requirement of the scheme, as detailed in the pet travel section, will remain the same, but there will be other big changes:

  • A new style pet passport will be introduced with additional security and tracking features, such as laminated strips to prevent tampering of entries and details of the person issuing the passport. This new passport will state the date from which a pet may travel following their rabies vaccination. Any passport issued before 29th December 2014 will remain valid for the life of the pet, or until it is full.
  • A person implanting microchips will be required to meet a minimum level of qualifications - don’t worry, vets and vet nurses will not require any further training.
  • EU wide checks. At present there are very few checks carried out by authorities for pets travelling across road borders on mainland Europe.
  • A 12 week minimum age for rabies vaccination will be introduced to simplify checks. At present, the same vaccine may by licensed for administration at different ages in different EU countries. The new 12 week rule will avoid needing to check compliance rules for each country.
  • Owners can travel with more than five pets under the EU Pet Travel Scheme providing they registered to attend a show, competition, sporting event or training for such an event. Otherwise, any pet owner wanting to travel with more than five pets will need to comply with additional import rules.
  • Clearer definition of ‘non-commercial movement’ of pets will enable owners to travel within five days of their pet when travelling by air from outside the EU.
  • will cap quarantine periods at six months and will allow pets to be released from quarantine after this period.
  • Clearer definitions of what constitutes a dog, cat and ferret to prevent the travel of wild animals under the Pet Travel Scheme.

Full details on the upcoming changes are available to read on the GOV.UK website.