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Vets negative over Brexit

Issue: 01/02/2019

A new survey from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has revealed that vets are becoming increasingly negative about Brexit.

Nearly two thirds of Vets (64%) see Brexit as more of a threat than an opportunity for the UK veterinary profession compared to just half in the autumn of 2016.

Over half (51%) consider that it will be more of threat than an opportunity for animal health and welfare.

Younger vets are more pessimistic than older vets, but even amongst the older age groups Brexit is considered to be more of a threat than an opportunity. Vets working in academia were more concerned than those working in industry. 

The majority of vets are worried about the effect that Brexit will have on recruitment. They say that it has been harder to recruit vets since the EU referendum.

Over 80% of respondents believe that for the purposes of post-Brexit immigration the veterinary profession should be considered a shortage occupation.

Commenting, BVA President Simon Doherty said, 'As the UK Government ramps up its planning for a no-deal scenario, it's clear that the veterinary profession is becoming increasingly concerned about the potential impact of Brexit.

'Top of vets' list of concerns is significant veterinary workforce shortages across critical areas of animal welfare and public health. Veterinary concerns around animal welfare have also increased as the Government continues to stall on introducing new legislation to enshrine animal sentience in UK law before March.

'From pet passports and food safety, to disease surveillance and trade certification, there is no area of veterinary work that is not touched by Brexit. So, we can fully understand why our members are worried about the future.

 BVA will continue to raise these important veterinary issues with policymakers to ensure the profession is considered as Brexit discussions continue.'

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