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Exploring the issues surrounding food production

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In 2010, the BVA established the Veterinary Development Council (VDC) under the chairmanship of Richard Bennett, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading to explore how vets might engage more fully with the food supply chain.

THE establishment of a veterinary development council was one of the recommendations of Philip Lowe's report, ‘Unlocking Potential: A report on veterinary expertise in food animal production’, which was published in August 2009, and is available on Defra's website (

The first meeting of the VDC was held in January this year, with representatives from the veterinary profession, veterinary education, the farming industry, slaughterers and processors, and the retail sector. Following the meeting, a core group of representatives convened …

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