The Animal Health Service is responsible for monitoring and influencing the standards of animal health and welfare on farms.
There are over 150 Acts, Orders and Regulations that the service is responsible for enforcing.
The primary objectives of this legislation are:
Stockton's Animal Health Service has signed up to the Animal Health and Welfare Framework Agreement which was introduced to develop better cross agency working and provide greater nationwide consistency with regards to promoting and enforcing animal health standards at farms, markets, abattoirs etc.
Local Authority Animal Health Officers carry out a disease risk assessment of all livestock farms in their area, using a format set out in the Framework Agreement i.e. species and numbers of animals kept, management controls.
Each premise is categorised accordingly i.e. high, medium and lLow risk which then enables the department to prioritise what order farms need to be visited.
During a scheduled visit to a farm the Animal Health officer will check all livestock related documentation i.e. flock and herd records of all movements on and off the premise, veterinary medicine records, animal by-products disposal route.
Stock on the holding will also be checked on welfare grounds and to ascertain whether or not they comply with current tagging/id legislation.
The Animal Health Service can also advise on licenses relating to animals: