Hong Kong vets may top up the UKs vet capacity

25 Jul 2020

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The UK veterinary workforce could soon get a boost from Hong Kong.

Up to 172 vets practising in Hong Kong are already registered with the RCVS

Up to 172 vets practising in the former British territory are already registered with the RCVS.

They may be eligible to work in the UK under the newly announced immigration pathway designed for people wishing to flee Hong Kong following the Chinese Communist Party’s imposition of a new national security law that is regarded by pro-democracy supporters as an assault on civil liberties.

Recently outlined by the UK government, the immigration scheme grants all British national (overseas) passport holders (and their dependants) the right to remain, work and study in the UK for five years.

After that, they will be able to apply for settled status and, after a further year, seek citizenship.

Many vets in Hong Kong work in shelter medicine,...