The vet will give you a ‘certificate of assessment’ once they’re satisfied you can do these without causing avoidable pain, suffering or distress.
The vet will charge you the following for the assessment:
£76 for the first 30 minutes
£21 for each additional 30 minutes
You must also pay any costs for the vet to travel to your location.
Once you have the certificate of assessment, you can apply for a WATOK licence.
You need to tell the FSA in writing if you’ve ever:
been convicted of an animal welfare offence
been refused a licence in relation to killing an animal or a related operation
had such a licence revoked or suspended
Using your Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales licence
If you have a CoC or a WATOK licence issued in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you can use it in England for the procedures, equipment and animals listed.
When your CoC or licence can be revoked or suspended
The FSA can cancel or temporarily suspend your CoC or WATOK licence if you do not follow WATOK regulations.
EU slaughterers who want to work in the UK
From 1 January 2021, EU slaughterers who are:
already resident in the UK can be eligible for ‘settled status’ – EU citizens will have until 31st December 2020 to apply for status under the scheme
not a resident in the UK before 1 January 2021 will be able to work in the UK for an interim period (following the end of free movement and before the UK’s new skills-based immigration system begins in 2021, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain to stay longer than three months)