Animal health and welfare
Reporting notifiable animal diseases
Many animal diseases are highly contagious and must be reported as soon as an outbreak is suspected. These are known as notifiable diseases.
List of diseases
Notifiable diseases include:
- Bird flu (Avian influenza)
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website has a full list of notifiable diseases.
How to report diseases
If you suspect signs of any of these notifiable diseases, or have a case confirmed, you must report this immediately to a:
- Defra Divisional Veterinary Manager, South East Animal Health Regional Office or
- Trading Standards Animal Health Inspector.
Our Trading Standards and Emergency Planning teams are responsible for dealing with outbreaks of diseases, outlined in the Animal Diseases Plan.
Monitoring animal movements and feed
To prevent the spread of disease, all livestock movements and animal feed must be monitored.