UK acknowledges shortage of vets after Brexit

House of Commons Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EfraCom) investigation into work in the food supply chain recognizes the essential role veterinary professionals play within the food chain.

It also recognizes the increased requirements for certification that will affect them with the application of Brexit.

He EfraCom report highlights that “the example of the veterinary sector highlights the important role foreign-trained employees play in the food supply chain, in this case working in slaughterhouses that are not attractive to UK trained veterinarians. Furthermore, these Official Veterinarians face an increase in their workload due to increased controls on exports as a result of Brexit ”.

The report concludes that these factors, combined with the time it takes to train new veterinarians, they could lead to a shortage of veterinary manpower, which means that products of animal origin cannot be authorized for export.

For his part, the president of British veterinarians, James Rusell, notes that they have been raising concerns about the impact of Brexit on veterinary capacity since the referendum. “We are very concerned about the impact on our members who are already hard at work during a difficult period,” says Rusell.

“We appreciate the committee’s understanding of the critical role veterinarians play in the food supply chain and facilitating international trade in a way that protects animal health and welfare and public health.”

He also stated that “it has been known for a long time that the UK veterinary profession relies heavily on EU trained veterinarians, especially in public health functions, and it is vital that immigration policies reflect that fact ”.

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