The government is being urged to protect the rights of EU veterinary workers to stay in the UK and work.

In a letter to ministers the British Veterinary Association (BVA) asked for a statement assuring that non-British EU vets will be able to continue working in the UK.

According to an article in Farming UK quoting statistics from the Royal College of Surgeons: “Almost half of veterinary surgeons registering in the UK qualified from veterinary schools elsewhere in the EU.”

BVA President Sean Wensley said in one letter to ministers: “In the forthcoming negotiations about the future relationship between the UK and the EU, we strongly urge you to make the case for all EU citizens and EU-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses to have ongoing rights to live, work and study in the UK.”

The BVA also wrote a letter to the Northern Ireland (NI) Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen MLA, the BVA President and BVA NI Branch President Seamus O’Kane highlighting NI’s land border with EU member state the Republic of Ireland and called for the maintenance of the Common Travel Area to facilitate movement in an all-island context for both work and study purposes.

Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses from other EU member states are invaluable members of practice teams across the UK and work across all areas of veterinary science, including the fields of animal health and welfare, animal disease surveillance, scientific research and education, wildlife conservation, and public health and food safety, according to the BVA.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has already stated that EU citizens living in the UK will not have their right to stay withdrawn but wants to secure the rights of UK citizens living in EU countries as “a priority”.

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