Animal diseases can have a large economic and social effect on
the United Kingdom. Diseases can be classed as endemic (prevalent
in the UK) or exotic (not currently present in the UK), they can
also be notifiable. Notifiable animal diseases are required by law
to be reported to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories
Agency to investigate further.
Exotic notifiable animal diseases can affect a wide range of
species including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens
and other domestic animals such as birds, cats and dogs. Some
diseases can also affect human health as well.
For further information on notifiable animal disease, please
view the following website www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases.
The South Wales Police area is not considered more at risk of
animal diseases than any other part of the country.
What you need to do
Inform your local Vet Practice if you are concerned about the
disease status of your farm livestock animals or domestic pets. If
a notifiable disease is suspected they will inform Animal Health
and Veterinary Laboratories Agency who will investigate
Whether you keep one farm animal as a pet or a commercial
flock/herd, they need to be registered. Please contact your local
Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency office for further
Do not feed kitchen waste to farm livestock animals as it is
illegal. This is one of the ways that exotic diseases like Foot and
Mouth can be introduced to the country.
Abide by the animal movement regulations.
Before purchasing animals including domestic pets, check their
Protect your livestock and domestic pets against disease with
good biosecurity and vaccinate if there is a licensed vaccine
In the event of an outbreak of disease, follow advice from the
Welsh Government and Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories
Agency to help protect your farm livestock animals and limit
possible spread of disease.
For more information on all above please contact your Animal
Health department at your Local Authority or the local Animal
Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency office.