Tail docking of dogs
BVA and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) have campaigned successfully against the non-therapeutic docking of puppies’ tails since the 1960s because they consider it is not in the animal’s best interests.
The docking of dogs' tails is now banned in:
In the UK tail docking can only be performed by a veterinary surgeon (at their discretion), who must complete a certificate for working dogs. Any veterinary surgeon who docks a tail must certify that they have seen evidence that the dog is likely to work in specified areas and that the dog is of a specified type. The dog must be no older than five days when docked and will also need to be microchipped before it is three months old (or eight weeks in Northern Ireland).
It is illegal to show a dog with a docked tail (docked after April 2007 in England and Wales, or 1 January 2013 in Northern Ireland) in any shows where the public pay to enter, except where they are demonstrating their working ability.
The BVA has issued:
Certificate to be completed by the vet when docking a dog's tail in England
Certificate to be completed by the vet when docking a dog's tail in Wales
Certificate to be completed by the vet when docking a dog's tail in Northern Ireland