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Appendix 1

RSPCA welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon 50 September 2015

* indicates an amendment

Staff must be aware of the requirements regarding notifiable diseases. All reasonable steps must be taken

to facilitate prompt identification, confirmation and response should a notifiable disease be present.

See RSPCA welfare standard - H 1.3

Supply and application of appropriate therapeutic compounds must be included in the VHWP including

procedures for the proper administration of medicated feeds and bath treatments.

Recording

It is essential that accurate health and production records are kept on the farm. In addition to their use as

part of the day to day monitoring of the health and condition of the stocks, they should also be part of the

preventative medicine plan and used in conjunction with improving health control and biosecurity measures.

Review procedures should be in place to monitor trends and highlight areas of concern which may indicate

changes to systems and adjustments to the VHWP. The success or failure of any treatment or changes in

management/husbandry procedures should also be recorded and reviewed.

See RSPCA welfare standards - H 1.6 & H 1.8

Medicinal products

The use of medicinal products must be detailed in the VHWP. Use must be minimised by high standards of

management and husbandry and treatments restricted to occasions when the welfare of the stocks is

threatened. The VHWP shall detail currently available veterinary medicines licensed for fish and their use in

accordance with current legislation, including withdrawal periods and discharge consents. Under

exceptional circumstances the use of compounds under the prescribing cascade may be advised by the

veterinary surgeon; the details of the cascade principle will be set out in the VHWP.

See RSPCA welfare standards - H 3.1 & H 3.10

The use of all medicinal products will be recorded in full in an appropriate medicines book. All veterinary

products must be properly labelled and stored in an appropriate locked cabinet. An up-to-date stock record

must be maintained and no out-of-date product retained.

Vaccination

See RSPCA welfare standards - FW 9.1 to FW 10.10

A vaccination policy must be agreed with the farm's veterinary surgeon establishing potential risks and the

organisms against which the fish can and will be vaccinated.

Full records must be maintained of all vaccination procedures.

Protocols for effective and hygienic vaccination must be in place, including appropriate fish health

assessment prior to vaccination and monitoring during and following the vaccination procedure. Procedures

must be conducted with care and with the minimum possible distress to the fish.

All vaccinators must be trained and competent in vaccinating technique, including biosecurity, hygienic

practices, health and safety and fish handling procedures.

Appropriate procedures must be in place for third party vaccinators and the vaccination of purchased stock,

including monitoring of third party vaccination and supplied vaccinated stocks. These procedures must

detail biosecurity precautions in place.

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