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Livestock health and welfare

Wiltshire have a small and dedicated team of Animal Health and Welfare Officers, as Wiltshire is a unitary authority they enforce a variety of legislation designed to help protect the human food chain,animal health and welfare. 
The Animal Health Team deals with complaints regarding:

  • Livestock health and welfare on farms
  • In transit
  • In markets
  • At abattoirs

Livestock Welfare Concerns

Any concerns regarding companion or wild animal welfare should be reported to the RSPCA on their dedicated 24 helpline 0300 1234999.

Issues related to horse passports should be reported to our animal health team and horse welfare issues should be reported to the RSPCA.

If you need to report a lost or stray dog please contact our dog warden team.

Dead animals on the highway should be reported to the highways department.


If you have any concerns related to the health and welfare of a livestock species and you are unable to discuss with the owners directly you can contact our animal health team.


Notifiable Animal Diseases

It is difficult to predict when a notifiable disease will occur but it is important that farmers and animal owners are vigilant to the signs of disease and take appropriate action to report any suspected cases without undue delay.

You can help reduce the risks by ensuring good biosecurity on your farm and have plans in place to help prevent and contain the spread in the case of an outbreak.


Details on what to look for can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/notifiable-diseases-in-animals


If you suspect a notifiable disease you must report it to your regional animal health (APHA) office immediately. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/notifiable-diseases-in-animals


Animal health news

Animal & Plant Health Agency

Useful information and forms

WATO Pig guide PDF (3.6mb)

Further information can be found within the links below:

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Last updated: 6 September 2018 | Last reviewed: 6 September 2018