Importing overseas rescue dogs: An investigation into issues seen in UK veterinary practice


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Principal investigator: Tobias Hunter. There is increasing concern about the health implications of importing rescue dogs from overseas, due to risks of introducing foreign infectious diseases into the UK. This project will use consultation data from veterinary practices in the UK, in the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network, to examine the prevalence of overseas rescue dogs being brought to UK practices and what health and behavioural conditions are being seen. The findings could be important to the UK veterinary profession regarding the development of guidance on importing rescue dogs from abroad. The findings could also be valuable to policy-makers to assess whether further screening protocols of oversea rescue dogs should be implemented to safeguard the canine population in the UK from infectious diseases.