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‘We need vets to make a success of Brexit’

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THE crucial relationship between vets and government is about to become more important than ever.

That was the message from Lord Gardiner of Kimble, parliamentary under secretary of state at Defra, last week.

Addressing the BVA's London dinner, he said the UK's departure from the European Union (EU) would present challenges in the coming year and the Government would value the continued cooperation of the veterinary profession.

‘Government really does rely on you to be our eyes and ears in animal health and welfare matters and, at times, to provide constructive challenge,’ he said.

‘This relationship and partnership is about to become more important than ever as we enter a period of political change and manage the many opportunities and challenges posed by exiting the European Union.’

Lord Gardiner was responding to a speech made by BVA President Gudrun Ravetz, calling for the veterinary family to be recognised for its contribution and importance.

‘We can only make a success of …

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