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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone now in force

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT BIRD FLU
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3rd November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza (bird flu).
The AIPZ means bird keepers across Great Britain must:
• Keep domestic ducks and geese separate from other poultry.
• Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
• Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
• Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;
• Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
• Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
• Keep free-ranging birds within fenced areas, and that ponds, watercourses, and permanent standing water must be fenced off (except in specific circumstances e.g. zoo birds).
See press notice for further details: https://www.gov.uk/…/bird-flu-latest-situation-avian

Client Update Effective 19th July 2021

As the restrictions lift, we would like to let you know our protocol whilst cases in the locality are rising.
We expect clients to continue to wear a face-covering whilst inside our buildings. Not all of our staff have received their second covid vaccination, our consultation rooms have limited space when in use and lack ventilation due to keeping your pets safe whilst in our care. Where possible, we would ask that only one person comes into the practice with their pet, although we make an exception with end-of-life care.
Please speak to a member of staff should you have any questions and we thank you for your continued support, as we work together on the road to normality.
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