BVA sends New Year message to vets in languages of 27 member states
2nd Jan 2017 / By Alistair Driver
At the start of a year which is likely to see the Article 50 process triggered, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has sent New Year greetings to vets around the world in the languages of the EU.
The BVA and its specialist divisions, including the Pig Veterinary Society, have extended New Year’s greetings to colleagues across the profession in the languages of the 27 member states of the EU in a clear statement of the profession's concerns over Brexit.
In an open letter published on the BVA website, the veterinary organisations who have signed it make clear that 'colleagues from all over the world are valued and invaluable to the veterinary profession in the UK'.
BVA president Gudrun Ravetz said: “My theme for my year as BVA President is the veterinary family and it has never been more important to pull together as one profession, whoever you are, and wherever you come from.
"We are delighted that there has been such an overwhelming response to this idea from Andrew Cobner, the president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association.
"Together with the RCVS, BVA has made clear to government our concerns about the working rights of our EU colleagues post-Brexit – as well as the potential impact on standards of animal health and welfare, and public health – and we will continue to do so.”
The UK veterinary profession is highly dependent on EU labour and is concerned at the lack of clarity on the future status of EU citizens in the UK, fears shared across the pig sector.
A survey by the NPA has highlighted the extent to which the sector relies on EU labour. The NPA has joined forces with the poultry profession to warn Ministers of the potential serious impact on UK pig and poultry production if the supply of EU labour is restricted post-Brexit.
To see the NPA's position on EU labour and other key Brexit issues click here
The BVA's New Year greetings
Happy New Year
šťastný Nový rok
Hyvää uutta vuotta
Frohes neues Jahr
Boldog új évet
Felice anno nuovo
Szczesliwego nowego roku
Feliz año nuevo
Chestita nova godina
Sretna Nova godina
Head uut aastat
Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh
Laimīgu Jauno gadu
Laimingų Naujųjų metų
Feliz Ano Novo
An Nou Fericit
Bliadhna Mhath Ùr
Srečno novo leto
Gott nytt år
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Urte berri on
Feliç any nou
Feliz ano novo
Signed by BVA and these BVA specialist divisions:
Association of Government Veterinarians
Association of Veterinarians in Industry
Association of Veterinary Students
British Cattle Veterinary Association
British Equine Veterinary Association
British Small Animal Veterinary Association
British Veterinary Association
British Veterinary Poultry Association
British Veterinary Zoological Society
Fish Veterinary Society
Goat Veterinary Society
Pig Veterinary Society
Sheep Veterinary Society
Society of Greyhound Vets
Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons
Veterinary Deer Society
Veterinary Public Health Association