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Volume 23-1, Spring 2013



CAROcat is the new website for responsible cat ownership in Europe. According to its website, CAROcat is “a concrete attempt to provide, generate and disseminate reliable knowledge about cats in Europe, focusing on feline overpopulation and, in consequence, on all resulting animal welfare problems.”

The initiators are the international animal welfare organization VIER PFOTEN and the Istituto G.Caporale in Teramo (Italy). The European Commission and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe are active partners of CAROcat; together they create a reliable knowledge-based system.

CAROcat was set up in the wake of the successful CAROdog initiative.


Global and

European News


of all dogs


Compulsory in the Netherlands and

(from 2016) in the UK


In the Netherlands, electronic identification (microchipping) and registration of dogs will become compulsory on 1 April 2013. Pups born on or after this date will need to be chipped in the first seven weeks of life. Registration must follow within one week of chipping. Vets implanting microchips in dogs must also enter this in their own administration.

In the UK, all dogs will need to be microchipped and registered in an authorised commercial microchip database by 16 April 2016. This gives owners three years to comply with new legislation. Owners will also be required to ensure contact details are kept up to date, and will have to register details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away.

Simon Orr, FECAVA president commented: “Compulsory microchipping is a great step forward for dogs and their owners and is something that vets have long campaigned for. Microchipping is not only a safe and effective way to link dogs to their owners but it also improves traceability, thereby helping to control the risk of disease spread and prevent risks associated with illegal trade.”

In many European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden and Switzerland, compulsory electronic identification and central registration of all dogs is already in place.

Ray Butcher




At the WSAVA FASAVA World Congress in Auckland, Ray Butcher received the WSAVA President’s Award jointly with Professor Peter Ihrke, for their “outstanding contribution” to the association.

Through his work with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), former FECAVA president Ray Butcher has been “instrumental” in efforts to control dog populations humanely, particularly in Eastern Europe and in Asia. ...

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Pain control and pet nutrition


At the occasion of its Congress in Auckland last month, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association unveiled two global initiatives, aimed at improving the standard of pain management provided to companion animals and at enhancing understanding of the importance of pet nutrition.

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