Reading vets have reassured residents of pet vaccine availability after a UK shortage was confirmed by the British Veterinary Association.

The short-term vaccine shortage is thought to be a result of increased pet ownership during the pandemic combined with vets catching up on administering jabs delayed during lockdown.

Several media reports have emphasized the impacts on cats, but Oakley Veterinary Clinic and Tilehurst Veterinary Centre said Reading residents do not need to worry at this time.

In statements on Facebook on Wednesday, the vets, which are both owned by Active Vetcare, said: “Vaccine manufacturers are working hard to replenish stocks at suppliers.

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“The good news is that we have secured some allocation of vaccines and, with the stock we already have, we will be able to continue to vaccinate a number of kitten's and cats.

“We are working hard to manage this situation and taking appropriate steps to ensure we balance demand with supply.

The statement continued: “Thank you for your continued patience and understanding which is greatly appreciated.”

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British Veterinary Association president Justine Shotton said: “We have been hearing anecdotally from members about a shortage of certain pet vaccines, especially cat vaccines.

“Vets are working with vaccine suppliers to manage the needs of their clients and may need to prioritise allocations,” he added.

“Your vet may be in contact if delays are likely, but we’d like to emphasise that a short-term delay shouldn’t be cause for concern for either pet or public health.”