2016-21 - Pregnancy declarations – all species

26 August 2016

Species: All species

Country: All

Relevant to:

  1. Livestock Exporters
  2. Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians (AAV)
  3. LiveCorp
  4. Department Officers

Purpose

This Export Advisory Notice replaces EAN 2015/13 and removes the requirement to include a consignment number in pregnancy test declarations.

‘Pregnancy tester’ is used in this EAN to refer to both registered veterinarians and competent pregnancy testers as defined by ASEL.

Background

The department issued EAN 2015/13 in response to receiving a number of pregnancy declarations from a person who did not physically perform the pregnancy examination.

The department will only accept pregnancy declarations made by the person who has physically conducted the examination. The Department considers all other declarations to be misleading. Penalties can be applied to those found failing to comply with this requirement.

EAN 2015/13 required that the consignment number (LNC) be included in each declaration made. This is no longer required provided that each animals is identified by their individual NLIS number for cattle or relevant identification numbers for other species.

Instructions

  • A declaration must be completed by pregnancy testers attesting compliance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) as outlined in Table 1 below.
  • The pregnancy test results must be provided against the NLIS identification number for cattle or relevant identification numbers for other species, for all animals being pregnancy tested. There is no need for the consignment number to be included in the declaration.
  • If more than one pregnancy tester has been employed, a declaration from each tester must be provided.
  • The exporter must keep all declarations made. For exporters without an approved arrangement they must provide these to the department for each consignment. In addition, if an AAV does not perform physical examination but has other pregnancy testers working under him/her to carry out this work, both the AAV and exporter must hold all the declarations made by the pregnancy testers who have physically examined the animals. In order to comply with the requirements, the AAV must include the following statement:

I, [Name of veterinarian], declare that I hold all the declarations made by the pregnancy testers who have physically examined the animals in the attached list and I declare that all procedures have been carried out in accordance with ASEL requirements.

The following table provides the ASEL standards for market and species specific requirements for pregnancy testing. These standards also include the qualifications required for veterinarians who carry out pregnancy testing:

Approved by – Trysh Stone, Live Animal Export Branch

Contact officer: Zubair Muhammad
Phone: 02 6272 4581
Email:  Livestock Export

Table 1 - ASEL standards for pregnancy testing

Transport

Species

Class

ASEL Standard

Who can carry out testing

Sea

Cattle/ Buffalo

Feeder/Slaughter

Standard 1.9 (c) (d) and (e)

Veterinarian or competent pregnancy tester

Cattle/ Buffalo

Breeder

Standard 1.10

Australian Cattle Veterinarian member who is accredited National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme tester

Sheep/ Goats

Feeder/Slaughter

Standard 1.11

Person able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience and skill

Sheep/ Goats

Breeder

Standard 1.13

Person able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience and skill

Alpacas/ Llamas

Breeder

Standard 1. 13A

Veterinarian with demonstrable current experience in camelid pregnancy diagnosis

Deer

Feeder/Slaughter

Standard 1. 14

Person able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience and skill

Deer

Breeder

Standard 1.14A

Person able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience and skill

Air

Cattle/ Buffalo

Breeder

Standard 6.6 and Standard 6.7

Australian Cattle Veterinarian member who is accredited National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme tester

Alpacas/ Llamas

Breeder

Standard 6.6 and Standard 6.7

Veterinarian with demonstrable current experience in camelid pregnancy diagnosis

All species other than Cattle, buffalo, sheep and goats

Breeder

Standard 6.6 and Standard 6.7

Person able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience and skill

Cattle/ Buffalo

Feeder/Slaughter

Standard 6.6 A

Veterinarian

Damara sheep

Feeder/Slaughter

Standard 6.6B and Standard 6.8 (a)

Person able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience and skill

Sheep/Goats

Feeder/Slaughter

Standard 6.8

Person able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience and skill

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019
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