Welcome to the ESCCAP UK & Ireland professionals' website, designed to bring you expert and independent information on how best to protect companion animals from the parasitic threats found in the UK, Ireland and abroad.

ESCCAP UK & Ireland prides itself on providing practical advice to veterinary and animal care professionals and pet owners in order to protect companion animals from parasitic infections and to minimise the risk of their transmission between animals and humans.

Using this website you will be able to browse scientifically assured information about the correct prevention and treatment of companion animal parasites, as well as viewing general scientific information about various individual parasites.

ESCCAP UK & Ireland also provides a number of free resource materials for pet owner education and learning aids for professionals which are available to download, as well as information to aid good veterinary practice.


Management of parasites should be an important consideration for all responsible pet owners, with all animals being at risk of becoming infected with parasites during day-to-day life. The effective management of pet parasites is important for the health and well-being of both companion animals and humans, with many parasitic diseases having zoonotic consequences.

Some internal and external parasites are currently spreading in companion and wild animals across Europe. This is of growing concern in a world of increased travel and global warming, bringing the UK under threat from potential migration of new, and some more dangerous, parasite infections from abroad.

ESCCAP UK & Ireland is working closely with its European colleagues to monitor the status of companion animal parasites across Europe and to examine how the spread of parasites will impact the UK & Irish pet populations in the future.

Disclaimer: The material found under the Scientific tab on this website is partly devised from the ESCCAP Europe Guidelines and customised for the UK as appropriate. Full texts of the European Guidelines are available for download under the Resources tab.