Animal Control & Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services. 

Longford County council employ one full time Veterinary Officer. The functions of this role include:

  • Inspection and supervision of Domestic Abbatoirs
  • Inspection of small slaughterhouses and meat production units
  •  Input into the areas of Dog Control, Horse control.
  • Acts in an advisory capacity to the Planning and Environment functions of the Council.

Michael King is the council's Veterinary Officer. Phone No: 043 - 3343342.. eMail: Veterinary Officer 

General Health and Safety advice re Avian Influenza risks this winter

⚠️Avian influenza has been confirmed in wild birds in Ireland

🦆Avoid handling sick or dead wild birds if possible      

☎️Report dead wild birds to your local regional veterinary office or call the Avian Influenza hotline on 076 106 4403 or 1850 200 456

Avian-Influenza-Update-No-9-of-2021.pdf (size 960.2 KB)

Sheep worrying by dogs

Sheep-worrying-by-dogs-LCC-2020.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Dog Licencing.

Do you have a dog? If so, you need a licence - under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 all dog owners are required to have a dog licence.

Types of dog licences and costs

There are 3 types of dog licences

  1. Single dog licence costing €20/year
  2. General dog licence entitling a person to keep an unspecified number of dogs at a premises specified in the licence costing €400/year
  3. Lifetime dog licence for the duration of the dogs life costing €140

How can I pay for my dog licence?

Single and Lifetime Dog licences may be purchased online or from your local An Post office. All you need to do is drop into your local Post Office and buy your dog licence over the counter. The General Dog Licences (€400) will still be purchased through Longford County Council.

Online Dog Licence You will be asked to set up an account with if you don't already have one, and will need an email address as part of the registration process. Your licence should issue to you by post within 10 working days.

If you require further assistance with your online purchase, please contact An Post by email at or alternatively by ringing 1890 200090.

Dog Breeding Establishments

These are premises that keep six or more female dogs, older than six months, which are capable of breeding. You must register with your Local Authority if you meet these criteria.

If you are setting up a new breeding establishment you must first register with your local authority. It is an offence to operate without being registered with your local authority.

The Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010

The Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 sets out the rules for these establishments.

Following a public consultation process, the Department recently issued revised Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines 2018. These took effect on 1 January 2019. The Department also published a Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines Cover Note alongside those Guidelines outlining the planned next steps in this area.

Longford Co. Co. maintains a Register of Dog Breeding Establishments which you can access here:

REGISTER-OF-DOG-BREEDING-ESTABLISHMENTS-for-Website---20.11.20__.docx (size 13.4 KB)

Useful Links.

Food Safety - From Farm to Fork.

Sheep Worrying