Educating the Veterinary Students of Tomorrow

Brexit and the Veterinary Profession


One of the biggest concerns for the future of the veterinary profession is Brexit. Unfortunately (as with everything else Brexit related), there is a lot of uncertainty as to what Brexit will mean for the future of the veterinary profession, animal health and welfare and trade (BVA, 2017). The BVA, along with the RCVS, are playing an active role in the Brexit negotiations to ensure that the rights of European vets and veterinary nurses are upheld, as well as ensuring that animal health and welfare is a priority when it comes to leaving the EU. They have recently released their own “principles for negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU” (BVA, 2017), outlining a number of issues that the Government needs to take into account when leaving the EU. Some of these key issues include:

  • Upholding the rights of EU vets and vet nurses;
  • Putting systems in place to cope with the increased demand for government, researching and practising vets should EU workers be forced to leave;
  • Upholding animal health and welfare as many of our policies were derived from the EU initially;
  • Ensuring that the UK can still gain access to certain drugs and takes part in disease surveillance programmes;
  • Ensuring that animal welfare is at the centre of any trade deals for importation/exportation and;
  • Ensuring that a high level of food safety and hygiene is “maintained at the current standard or an internationally-recognised equivalent” (BVA, 2017)

No one is a hundred percent sure what Brexit will mean for the future of the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare. However, one thing that is for certain is that is vitally important that current and future vets support the BVA in campaigning for policies that protect our colleagues and our animals.

For more information regarding Brexit, see our references below: