Vets urged vets to report unregulated fertility clinics

Vets urged vets to report unregulated fertility clinics

The British Veterinary Association has urged vets to report unregulated canine fertility clinics to the relevant authorities as it calls for urgent regulation.

The latest Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey found 93% of vets are either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ concerned about the boom in unregulated canine fertility clinics.

Amongst vets who work in companion animal practice, 30% said they were aware of unregulated canine fertility clinics operating in their local area.

However, despite high levels of concern, 78% of vets said they didn’t know how to report a clinic.

Even amongst those who do know how to report a clinic, only 8% had, which is about 2% of all vets.

BVA Senior Vice President Justine Shotton said: “Our survey reflects the magnitude of vets’ concern around canine fertility clinics popping up across the country with no veterinary oversight and should serve as a wake-up call for urgent regulatory action.

“While non-surgical procedures can play an important role in breeding programmes, we are clear that they must always be carried out under the advice and care of a vet and in the interests of dog health and welfare.

“We know that many fertility clinics often focus on the most in-demand breeds such as French bulldogs, which can struggle to mate and whelp naturally.

“BVA is very concerned about artificial insemination being used in such cases, as well as in cases where dogs with inherited diseases and conformation-related issues are used for breeding.

“We are also aware of worrying reports that some fertility clinics are advertising prohibited or dangerous procedures such as surgical artificial insemination.”

To report a fertility clinic in Northern Ireland: email DAERA’s dedicated mailbox, Paws For Thought,