Welcome to the ESCCAP UK & Ireland website, designed to provide pet owners and veterinary and animal care professionals with the information and tools they need to effectively protect dogs and cats from parasitic threats in the UK, Ireland and abroad.
About ESCCAP UK & Ireland
The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) was formed in 2005. It is an independent, not for profit organisation, comprising a group of eminent veterinarians across Europe all with recognised expertise in the field of parasitology. ESCCAP is dedicated to providing access to clear and constructive information for veterinarians and pet owners with the aim of strengthening the animal-human bond. It works to provide the knowledge essential to help eradicate parasites in pets and the objective is to have a Europe where parasites are no longer a health issue for pets or humans.
ESCCAP UK & Ireland bring together the UK and Irish national associations of ESCCAP to form a group consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of veterinary parasitology. ESCCAP UK & Ireland works with pet owners and veterinary/animal care professionals to raise awareness of the threat from parasites and to provide relevant information and advice for the UK and Ireland.
Brexit or Bremain, ESCCAP UK & Ireland's position remains the same
Despite the UK voting to leave the EU, ESCCAP UK & Ireland still passionately believes in the need for European wide cooperation to control the spread of parasitic disease. Rules associated with the pet passport scheme are only one of a wide number of measures required to reduce the risk of exotic diseases and vectors entering the UK and becoming established. Even if compulsory tick treatments or even quarantine were reintroduced, illegal movement of pets into the country will continue, pets will continue to be imported, people will continue to move in and out of the UK, potentially bringing vectors with them, and novel parasitic disease will move ever closer to our shores. Only by close cooperation with European agencies, drug companies and UK bodies such as PHE and APHA can we possibly hope to monitor these pathogens, reduce their spread and remain vigilant to their introduction to the UK. Such cooperation will also be vital in helping to renegotiate pet movement rules based on sound epidemiological data and risk, rather than snap political judgements. ESCCAP UK & Ireland will continue to maintain close ties with its fellow ESCCAP national organisations across Europe, as well as parasitologists and public health bodies. In doing so we will continue to combat parasitic disease and be an up to date source of information for Vets across the UK and Europe, seeking to keep their clients, pets and the UK as safe as possible from parasitic disease.
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