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Is India the answer to potential workforce issues following Brexit?

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THE RCVS is looking to India for a solution to any workforce shortages caused by Brexit.

It is to send a delegation of council members to visit India in the next couple of months to explore the potential for working more closely with Indian educational and professional veterinary bodies.

The decision follows a report on the impact of Brexit, published by the College last week (VR, June 24, 2017, vol 180, p 603).

‘European veterinary surgeons working in the UK: the impact of Brexit’ is part of a three-year programme of work aiming to future-proof the UK veterinary workforce.

The RCVS delegation will include, among others, RCVS Senior Vice-President Chris Tufnell, head of the RCVS Education Committee Susan Dawson, and RCVS Council member and RVC Principal Stuart Reid.

When they return, they will report to the RCVS Council in November.

At present, there are only 30 UK-practising veterinary surgeons who are either Indian nationals or hold a registerable qualification from India. But the country has one of the biggest global veterinary populations, with some 90,000 names on its professional register and 44 vet schools.

Currently, …

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