European veterinary profession remains united, says BVA

The BVA has released a joint statement alongside the RCVS and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe in light of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The statement said that all groups would continue to “ensure that veterinarians in all European countries can give the highest possible standards of care to their patients and continue to look after animal health, animal welfare, public health and the environment, all over Europe, including the UK”.

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The group also said it was “reassured” that the UK had left the EU under a Withdrawal Agreement, as this would “mitigate” Brexit’s impact upon the veterinary profession. Nonetheless, all groups remained concerned that the move would have “implications” for animal health and welfare.

In a joint letter, the veterinary groups said: “The Withdrawal Agreement’s provision for the continued mutual recognition of professional qualifications, at least until the end of the transition period in December 2020, mitigates Brexit’s negative impact upon our members’ ability to be trained, to work and to educate the next generation of veterinarians across Europe’s borders. 

“We must also remember that animal pathogens do not respect borders, so standards for animal health, animal welfare, public health, access to veterinary medicines, disease control, foodchain security and environmental protection must be maintained.”

It added: “As such, we call on the UK government and the EU institutions to do whatever is necessary, via the negotiation of pragmatic solutions, to ensure that the European veterinary profession can continue to look after animal health and welfare, and public health to the highest possible level beyond the end of the transition period.

“The UK, through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), will remain a member of FVE. The whole European veterinary community will be united in London, in June 2020, for the FVE General Assembly.”

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