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Setting up a Boarding Cattery. Please help!!


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My family are looking to move to France in the near future. I want to put together a potential business plan, running a small/Medium Boarding Cattery. I would love to convert a barn into a the cattery in an area close to the British . However, at this time, all I would like to know is what are the general rules in France running a business like this?. I was planning this year on doing a Diploma in Kennel and Cattery Management as unlike the u.k, apparantley France require a qualification. Could someone advise me on the important matters covering this area of work in and around Poitou charentes, or even Dordoyne. I understand a little about planning permission and requirements there, but, I was more concerned about how the french view a business caring for Animals. Do I need proof of working in this line of business already? Do I need a certain amount of years experience? I would be most grateful for anybodys help and advice.

I read somewhere that 3 years Animal Husbandry is required in Vienne.  Animal Husbandry seems to be a broad field from breeding livestock to walking the neighbours Dog?  I also understand the Town Halls role in this but not a local vetinarys role? Apparantly, I need to work closely with them  which wouldn't be a  problem, I just need something more precise.

I have already put this posting under animal welfare and Val directed me here because a lady called Penny had the same idea. If your out their Penny, please let me know how you got on?



I'm very serious about this line of work and would appreciate any help or advice from anyone with knowledge of  working with Animals in France.

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