Dangerous Wild Animal Act veterinary inspection

Dangerous Wild Animal Act veterinary inspection

BVA and British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) have produced the following template for veterinary inspections under the Dangerous Wild Animal Act.

Inspection under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 template (74 KB PDF)

Reviewed: 2014
Publisher: BVZS
Number of pages: 8
Format: PDF

Purpose of a DWA license

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (DWA) requires that any person who wishes to keep a listed dangerous wild animal must first obtain a DWA licence from the appropriate local authority.

Inspection of the premises by a veterinary surgeon and consideration of their report is obligatory before the local authority may grant a DWA licence. The DWA is designed to protect the public, rather than specifically protecting animal welfare.

Who should carry out a DWA inspection?

Although any registered veterinary surgeon can be approached by local authorities to carry out DWA inspections, British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) advises that where possible, individuals with the relevant experience of the species under consideration should carry out inspections, in order to maintain confidence in the system. BVZS can be contacted to provide further advice on this.

What's included in a DWA inspection?

Inspections are required every two years and look at the suitability of accommodation, the ability to express natural behaviour and the knowledge of the owner.

BVZS has produced a standard inspection template to encourage consistency in DWA licence inspections. This template is supported by BVA and is designed to be used in conjunction with the DWA species guidance (430 KB zip file)

The DWA species guidance is currently under active review by BVZS, particularly for those species most commonly kept on DWA licences in the UK. Where veterinary surgeons are uncertain about, or uncomfortable with, current recommendations, particularly with respect to minimum enclosure sizes, they should contact BVZS for further advice.

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