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Legalities of treating wildlife in UK veterinary practice

Fraser, Mary; Girling, Simon


Mary Fraser

Simon Girling


Many different species of wildlife will be presented to veterinary practices. In addition to providing care for these patients, veterinary nurses need to be aware of the legal aspects that apply. Legislation relating to wildlife species is particularly relevant to taking animals from the wild, keeping wild animals and birds in care, releasing them back into the wild and notifiable diseases. Following devolution, there are some differences in legislation in different parts of the UK. Specific species, particularly endangered species, have more detailed legislation which also needs to be adhered to. While lay people may have the best of intentions, they need to be aware that all veterinary care needs to follow Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeon's Act 1966, and the best interests of the animals must be central to all care that is given.


Fraser, M., & Girling, S. (2016). Legalities of treating wildlife in UK veterinary practice. Veterinary Nurse, 7(3), 140-147.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 9, 1999
Online Publication Date May 10, 2016
Publication Date Apr 2, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2016
Print ISSN 2044-0065
Electronic ISSN 2052-2959
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 140-147
Keywords Wildlife; legislation; release; non-native; notifiable;
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