Farmed animal health

Our Animal Health Service is involved with controlling the movement of livestock, preventing the spread of animal disease and protecting animal welfare.

Avian Influenza - Bird Flu

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is in place across Great Britain. If you own poultry, even just a few pet chickens, or gamebirds you must take action now to improve biosecurity to reduce the risk of disease spread.

Keep up to date with the latest advice

The Animal Health and Welfare Section, in conjunction with DEFRA, have contingency plans in place should cases of Avian Influenza be found in commercial poultry flocks, domestic fowl or wild birds.

For more information on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) please visit the DEFRA website.

If you require any more information on the keeping and registration of poultry please contact us on 08458 506 506.


Dead wild birds should be reported to DEFRA on 08459 33 55 77


The British Isles have been free of rabies for many decades, but because of the existence of the disease elsewhere there is concern about rabies being reintroduced by imported animals. All rabies susceptible animals entering the UK are required to spend six months in quarantine, unless arriving under and complying with all the conditions of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

Our Animal Health Service, in conjunction with DEFRA, have a contingency plan in place should a case of rabies be reported or suspected in the area. Should anyone suspect that an animal has been imported into the country illegally, or may be infected with rabies they should contact us - 08458 506 506.

More about quarantine can be found on the DEFRA website


Anyone wanting general advice on Bluetongue should contact the DEFRA helpline

on 08459 33 55 77

Animal movements

For specific enquiries concerning animal movement issues in the Wakefield area please contact Environmental Health on 08458 506 506.

Further guidance can also be found on the Government's DEFRA website.

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506