British Veterinary Association

Posted On: 
3rd May 2017

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is the national representative body for the veterinary profession in the UK.

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BVA

Six key asks from BVA's 20-point manifesto for 2017, which specifically relate to securing a successful outcome for animal health and welfare post-Brexit:

  • Guarantee 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, at the existing level with no time limit to ensure the need for veterinary services can be met.

  • Maintain current animal health and welfare standards and prioritise them in all trade negotiations to develop a unique, high standard of animal health, welfare and food hygiene as a selling point for the UK.

  • Commit to maintaining a single standard for meat produced for both domestic and export markets based on current standards of food hygiene legislation and enforcement, including veterinary certification and controls.

  • Guarantee the UK veterinary profession ongoing access to all existing veterinary medicines licensed through the EU regulatory systems in order to meet animal health requirements, whilst continuing to play a leading role in tackling antimicrobial resistance internationally.

  • Ensure any public money to replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is used to support and incentivise public goods, including animal health and welfare, disease surveillance, biodiversity and environmental stewardship.

  • Develop a regulatory and legislative framework to ensure the UK continues to be a globally attractive place for research and development (R&D) and ensure reciprocal surveillance data sharing with Europe to detect new and emerging diseases.

You can read BVA's full manifesto asks here