THE Scottish SPCA are working closely with Inglis Vets to vaccinate the ducklings in their care against "duck plague".

Scotland’s animal welfare charity have vaccinated around 300 ducklings so far this year, with numbers set to increase.

Colin Seddon, National Wildlife Rescue Centre manager, said: "The vaccination is proving successful as we haven’t experienced the disease amongst the ducklings in our care so far.

"The medication required to protect ducks from this disease is imported from Hungary and Inglis Vets have kindly supported us with not only sourcing the vaccination but also helping administer it at no cost to the society.

"This kind of support is invaluable and we are incredibly grateful for Inglis Vets for helping us protect the ducklings and helping us ensure they have the best chance of survival once released back in to the wild."

Ronnie Soutar, chief operating officer from Inglis Vets, said: "When we found out the Scottish SPCA was having difficulty getting hold of the vaccine, we were more than happy to step in and offer our help by arranging to have it imported from Hungary, which is something only those with a registered veterinary practice can do.

"Duck viral enteritis (DVE), also known as the duck plague, is both contagious and potentially fatal for ducks, geese and swans if contracted.

"Like children starting school, lots of little ducklings gathered in one place would be susceptible to infection if not vaccinated.

"It’s extremely important to prevent this nasty disease from spreading, so we look forward to seeing the happy, healthy ducks being released in due course."

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.