Rabies is an important healthcare issue. One key piece of legislation has just become live as the clock strikes midnight: The UK will harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the European Union from 1 January 2012, along with Ireland, Sweden and Malta, which also currently operate special controls, ending the six-month quarantine requirement first introduced in the 19th century to control the spread of rabies.
The legislation means that all pets being imported will still need to be vaccinated against rabies. However, pets from the EU, and listed non-EU countries such as the United States and Australia, will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel, once they have been vaccinated.
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