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BVA highlights importance of vets in Brexit health and welfare drive

4th May 2017 / By Alistair Driver

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has stressed the importance of vets in achieving the UK Government’s post-Brexit vision for high animal welfare and food safety standards.

The BVA has launched a report setting out its key recommendations for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, which outlines the essential role the UK veterinary workforce plays in not only caring for animals, but in enabling trade, ensuring food hygiene and safety, and undertaking cutting-edge research.

The ‘Brexit and the veterinary profession’ report also stresses the extent to which non-British EU veterinary surgeons are critical to the UK veterinary workforce. Around 50% of veterinary surgeons registering to practise in the UK each year come from overseas, with the vast majority of these coming from the rest of the EU.

Yet one-fifth of vets are already reporting that it has become harder to recruit since the EU Referendum.

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