Guidance

Bovine TB: Badger vaccination training

Find out what training courses you need to attend in order to carry out badger vaccination.

If you want to carry out badger vaccination you must:

  • obtain a Certificate of Competence, by satisfactorily completing a Lay Vaccinator training course approved by the Secretary of State
  • hold the appropriate licence. In England, this is the Licence to Trap and Vaccinate Badgers for the Purpose of Preventing the Spread of Bovine TB in Cattle, awarded by Natural England

Certificate of Competence

The Certificate of Competence issued by APHA has changed.

From 1 April 2015, certificates will be valid from the date of issue and will not expire. There will be no fees or terms and conditions associated with the certificate.

If you held a Certificate of Competence before 1 April 2015 then please contact APHA at badgervaccine@apha.gsi.gov.uk to request a new certificate.

Natural England licence

From 1 April 2015, the requirements and criteria to obtain a Licence to Trap and Vaccinate Badgers for the Purpose of Preventing the Spread of Bovine Tuberculosis have changed.

For further details please contact Natural England on 0300 060 0550 or email: bTBvaccination@naturalengland.org.uk.

How to book a badger vaccination training course

APHA run three courses covering the skills needed to successfully carry out trapping and vaccination of badgers:

  • field surveying to support badger vaccination
  • pre-baiting and trap siting for badger vaccination
  • cage trapping and vaccination of badgers

Courses are independent of each other. The ‘Cage trapping and vaccination of badgers’ course is an approved Lay Vaccinator training course. A ‘Certificate of Competence’ is awarded after satisfactory completion of this course, only.

The courses will only take place if there is enough demand.

To get further information about the training courses, or to book a place on a course please contact APHA at badgervaccine@apha.gsi.gov.uk or 0344 2480073.

Field surveying to support badger vaccination

This is a two day classroom and field based course. You will learn about badger ecology and gain hands on experience of identifying badger setts, interpreting badger field signs and producing accurate survey maps.

If you complete this course you will be awarded a certificate of attendance. The cost is £235 per person.

Courses will be held in Gloucestershire on:

  • 7 to 8 April 2015
  • 27 to 28 April 2015
  • 21 to 22 May 2015

Pre-baiting and trap siting for badger vaccination

This is a two day classroom and field based course. You will learn how to pre-bait cage traps, how and where to locate traps in order to successfully trap badgers and how to operate a trap. You will gain practical experience of placing and pre-baiting traps in the field.

If you complete this course you will be awarded a certificate of attendance. This will enable you to be named on a Natural England Licence to trap and vaccinate badgers for the purposes of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle to undertake cage trapping only.

The cost is £400 per person.

Courses will be held in Gloucestershire on:

  • 18 to 19 June 2015
  • 22 to 23 June 2015
  • 16 to 17 July 2015
  • 20 to 21 July 2015

Cage trapping and vaccination of badgers

This is a 2.5 day classroom and field based course. You will learn how to set cage traps, how to vaccinate badgers with injectable BadgerBCG and how to comply with the relevant legislation. You will gain practical experience of operating cage traps and vaccinating badgers. You will be required to complete a written and practical assessment.

If you successfully complete this course you will be awarded a Certificate of Competence and accredited as a lay vaccinator. You will then be able to apply for and be named on a Natural England licence to trap and vaccinate badgers for the purposes of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle to undertake both cage trapping and vaccination.

The cost is £550 per person.

Courses will be held in Gloucestershire on

  • 29 June to 1 July 2015
  • 6 to 8 July 2015
  • 27 to 29 July 2015
  • 3 to 5 August 2015