Following several cases of avian influenza in the UK in both wild birds and poultry over the last few weeks, the BSAVA and British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) have updated Q&A guidance to help backyard poultry owners protect their birds from the disease.
.The advice has been updated in light of the housing order that came into effect on 14th December 2020, requiring all poultry and other captive birds in the UK to be kept indoors.
The information, which has been written for vets to pass onto their clients easily, explains what avian influenza is, how it is spread and how keepers can prevent their birds from contracting it. The updated guidance also provides some specific information relating to the H5N8 strain of the virus that was identified in all but one case in the UK.
In addition to the updated guidance, the BSAVA has extended free access to the collection of resources on backyard poultry keeping and avian influenza until the end of January 2021.
To access the Q&A, click here.
To access the collection, click here.