Brexit and the veterinary profession

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The issue

In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union which will impact on many areas of interest to the veterinary profession.

Prior to the vote we compiled an EU referendum briefing document (58.6 KB PDF) and we encourage members to continue discussing the implications of Brexit for the UK veterinary profession on the BVA community.

Our goal

Our overriding aim is to ensure the best possible outcome for veterinary science, animal health and welfare and public health.

We have produced a set of principles for negotiating the UK’s exit from the European Union, which amongst other things calls for working rights for non-British EU vets and veterinary nurses currently working and studying in the UK, and for British vets and VNs working in the EU to be guaranteed at the existing level with no time limit.

Read all of BVA’s principles for negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU (143 KB PDF).

Recognising vital role of veterinary profession

Get involved: write to your MP encouraging them to sign Jim Fitzpatrick MP’s early day motion, which highlights the veterinary profession’s vital role in animal health, welfare and public health and calls on the Government to work with BVA and RCVS in forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

Download our letter template (27 KB Doc)

Find the contact details for your MP

Action taken by BVA

Brexit working group

We have formed a Brexit working group to gather input and evidence from a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Initially, the group developed BVA’s principles for negotiating the UK’s exit from the European Union.
  • By April 2017 it aims to produce a report detailing BVA’s lobbying position and highlighting opportunities and solutions to the challenges the profession may face.

We are liaising closely with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Brexit Taskforce to ensure a joined up approach on behalf of the veterinary profession.

I support team vet

Team vet badge (thumb)We've launched a campaign championing the value of the veterinary team and encouraging the veterinary family, UK governments and members of the public to show their support for #teamvet. The campaign is being launched against the backdrop of Vet Futures and VN Futures and in response to the EU referendum result, at a time when it has become even more critical to highlight the essential role of the veterinary profession in animal health, animal welfare and public health.

Show your support for team vet:

Breakfast on Brexit at BVA Congress

BVA President Gudrun Ravetz hosted a Vet Futures session on Brexit at BVA Congress at the London Vet Show on 18 November 2016. Read the Veterinary Record report of the discussions.

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