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VETERINARY organisations were among those issuing statements on June 24 following the announcement of the results of the UK referendum on membership of the European Union.
Noting the vote to leave, the EU, the RCVS said that it would be closely following negotiations between the UK Government and the EU.
‘These negotiations are expected to take a minimum of two years,’ it said. ‘It is difficult to say at this stage how the vote will affect current arrangements, such as the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive that allows European vets to practise in the UK and vice versa, and it is likely to be some time before we know.
‘Needless to say, we will be working with Defra to minimise any disruption from the transition process. As always, we will work to maintain and increase the UK's high standards of veterinary care and animal welfare.’
Sean Wensley, the BVA President, said that the UK's decision to leave the EU would have a significant impact on matters of interest to the veterinary profession, particularly in relation to regulation, education and workforce planning, as well as in terms of animal welfare, research, surveillance and …