New animal transport certificate

Lantra Awards has developed a competence qualification to enable drivers to meet new EU regulations regarding transport and animal welfare.

Under the new rules- Welfare of Animals During Transport 1/2005- drivers and attendants transporting cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry by road in connection with an economic activity on journeys over 65km in the UK and across Europe need to hold a certificate of competence.

In order to gain the certificate, candidates must be independently assessed on areas including fitness for travel, means of transport, loading, unloading and handling, water and feeding intervals, journey times and rest periods, rest allowances and documentation.

The Lantra Awards qualification, Level 2 Certificate in the Welfare of Animals During Transport, is accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and approved by Defra. It meets the 2 key areas identified in the regulations, a short journey- which is over 65km but under eight hours, and a long journey- which is over eight hours.

Wayne Grills, managing director, Lantra Awards, said: "There would appear to be a lack of awareness to the changes in the EU legislation for the Welfare of Animals during Transport, and how to go about getting the appropriate certificate of competence.

"At a time when the industry is already beset with problems, such as Foot and Mouth and Bluetongue, our aim is to help those individuals affected gain the required qualification as quickly as possible in a format that is easy to use."

Lantra training courses are available at locations across the UK. For more information on the Lantra Awards Level 2 Certificate in the Welfare of Animals During Transport qualification, and a local course provider, visit www.animalsonthemove.co.uk or call 024 7641 9703.

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