NEW HORSE TRANSPORT CERTIFICATES
Welfare in Animal (Transport) Order 2006
Which category do you fall into?
As from January 5, many people will need a vehicle/trailer certificate and State Veterinary Service (SVS) authorisation to transport horses for up to eight hours and from January 2008 a WATO’s Certificate of Competence.
BDS members who transport horses may fall into the scope of the legislation.
You WILL DEFINITELY need a Certificate of Competence if you are:
You WILL NOT need a Certificate of Competence if you are:
Owners of Registered horses (those registered in studbooks or with organisations managing competitions) being transported to competition and meets are exempt from keeping journey logs, on watering, feeding, rest intervals and journey times. However transporters will still need the WATO’s Certificates of Competence if the journey is in connection with an economic activity.
Equines with BDS passports are Registered horses.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Welfare of Animals During Transport Regulations - Equine related case studies
Documents and Information
For more information to help you decide whether or not you fall into the scope of the legislation, please read: (Note: these files are in PDF format).
Visit DEFRA’s website
Certificates of Competence
The BDS is currently one of only three DEFRA approved awarding bodies for the Certificates of Competence and you can get further information on how to apply from the BDS office.
CLICK HERE to see a letter from DEFRA giving the BDS authority to award certificates for competence.
The syllabus of the WATO Certificate of Competence and a test application form can be downloaded from this website. Please click below:
Welfare in Animals (Transport) (Horses) Certificate of Competence
Note: these files are in PDF format.