Livestock transportation

Livestock transportation – fitness for transport and decision making

The presentation will look at the legislation surrounding the Transport of Animals and explore the reasoning behind transport and recovery, economic salvage or humane destruction at the scene. It will discuss the methods available of euthanasia of the major farmed species.

Key messages will be:

  • To establish the grounds where transport could be utilised.
  • To consider the outcomes for the animal (priority) and the owner.
  • To appraise the methods available for euthanasia.

John will also discuss the complexities of large livestock transportation incidents with Jim as he has experienced one of the most challenging incidents in the UK to date.

John Blackwell – BVSc MRCVS – Director – Brownlow Veterinary Centre

Following graduation from Liverpool University in 1985 John spent the first two years in a busy mixed practice in Lancashire gaining a wide range of experience across the spectrum of animals. From here he moved closer to home joining the Brownlow Veterinary Centre in Ellesmere, Shropshire, a three-centre mixed animal practice of which he is a Director.

John was President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) in 2008/2009 and President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) 2014/2015.

During his time on BCVA Council John chaired the working group producing the “Guidance notes for Veterinary Surgeons on the Emergency Slaughter of Cattle” in collaboration with the Food Standards Agency and the Meat Hygiene Service. For the last few years he has also been an external lecturer on emergency slaughter of cattle for the veterinary public health module at Nottingham Veterinary School.

He is keen to promote the wider understanding of the veterinary profession’s role within animal rescue, especially incidents involving road traffic incidents where a coordinated approach is required with the emergency services, in particular the Fire and Rescue Service. John is a member of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association, sitting on the newly formed education committee.

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