To ensure a good standard of veterinary care is available to gamebird rearers and members of the British Game Assurance (BGA) a new vet register has been launched to create a go-to list of practices who are up-to-date with industry standards and knowledge.
The BGA is encouraging all gamebird vets to sign up and become a BGA Registered Vet, so they can direct their registered shoots and game farms to use those vets who are working to promote best practice and high standards across the gamebird sector.
In order to become a BGA Registered Vet a practice or at least someone within the practice must meet the following criteria: Be a member of the British Veterinary Poultry Association, engage in ongoing professional development regarding gamebirds, provide gamebird training and agree to submit total use of antibiotics in game to the Game Farmers’ Association annually in order to work with the target task force in improving the responsible use of medicines.
The BGA’s veterinary technical adviser, Ian Jones, commented:
“This register will be an invaluable tool to all those working in the gamebird sector seeking reliable and trusted veterinary care and advice from practices across the UK. BGA Registered Vets will demonstrate active participation in maintaining their knowledge and understanding of the specific standards required for all gamebirds ensuring the highest level of welfare.”
Poultry Health Services’ veterinary director Sarah Perez added:
“As a proactive, innovative veterinary practice we are delighted to join the BGA vet register. As a member of the register, we will continue to promote best practice, high welfare standards and optimum health in the birds under our care through a network of dedicated game bird vets. I encourage vets from other practices to join the register to grow our game bird community, share good practices and develop the British game industry in a profitable and sustainable manner.”
Registrations can be made through the British Game Assurance website here.