Review of Licensing Conditions for Pet Breeders and Boarders
The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS), a cluster of National Parks Board has embarked on the pet sector review since August 2019, where the pet breeding and boarding sectors were identified for the first phase of the review, based on preliminary engagement with key stakeholders in the pet sector when concerns about the varying standards of pet breeders and boarders were raised.
Since then, AVS has conducted five focus group discussions, two public consultation exercises and engaged industry stakeholders over nine group sessions. A broad range of stakeholders including veterinarians, Animal Welfare Groups, dog trainers, breeders and boarders were invited to provide their feedback. AVS received many useful suggestions and have taken in the feedback in the revision of licensing conditions for the pet breeding and boarding businesses. These areas span over healthcare and wellbeing of the animals, housing and management of the environment, competency of personnel in the pet industry and traceability of the animals. We also took reference from overseas standards such as those in the United Kingdom and Australia.
With the finalisation of the licensing conditions, the breeding and boarding businesses are given a period of six months to make the necessary adjustments before the full conditions are implemented in April 2022. AVS will continue to work closely with them to facilitate the smooth implementation of the conditions.