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50 years on – time for a fresh look at the Veterinary Surgeons Act?

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AN RCVS working party is to consider whether new legislation to regulate the veterinary profession may be appropriate.

The move follows a recommendation from the College's Brexit taskforce, which felt that, with the UK's impending exit from the EU, and deficiencies in the existing legislation, it would be a good time to review the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

Stephen May, RCVS junior vice-president, will chair the working party. ‘The UK leaving the EU will necessitate some changes to the Veterinary Surgeons Act as it currently exists so this feels like an opportune moment to carry out a wholesale review of the legislative basis for regulation of the veterinary profession in the UK,’ he said, in a statement issued to the press.

‘Clearly using 50-year-old legislation has its limitations, and while …

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