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Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018

On 1 October 2018, new regulations for activities involving animals came into force which changed the previous licensing regime for businesses involved in dog breeding, dog and cat boarding including home boarding, dog day care, the selling of pet animals, and the exhibiting of animals. 

BVA, BSAVA, BVZS, the Companion Animal Sector Council (CASC) and Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) have developed the following resources to support private veterinary surgeons and local authority veterinary inspectors undertake their respective roles under these regulations:

Overarching guidance:

For private vets:

For Local Authority veterinary inspectors:

  • Local authorities may have their own inspection templates. Please contact your local authority for more advice. If your local authority does not have their own inspection template, please contact the team at the City of London local authority who are happy to share their templates [email protected] .

These resources should be considered in conjunction with the official Defra guidance on each of the licensable activities:


Guidance note on the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018


Guidance note for private vets on how to complete Preventative Healthcare Plans (PHPs)


Guidance note for vets in private practice on completing ‘fit to breed’ assessments for dogs


Template letter for private veterinary practices to set out agreed provision of isolation facilities


Template for a Preventative Healthcare Plan (PHP) for private vets