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Putting vets on shortage occupation list is an ‘immediate priority’, say vet leaders

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By Vet Record reporters

The deepening workforce crisis in the veterinary profession – and predictions that the situation will get worse after Brexit – is now at the heart of political debate.

It has prompted a series of actions in the UK and across Europe.

This week the BVA and RCVS called for vets to be returned to the Shortage Occupation List to avoid a workforce crisis.

This official list records occupations that lack sufficient resident workers to fill vacancies. It is managed by the Migration Advisory Committee, which regularly reviews evidence for which occupations should be included or removed. Vets were removed in 2011.

In a joint submission to the committee’s call for evidence on the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU, the organisations recommend returning vets to the list as an ‘immediate priority’.

Chris Tufnell, RCVS senior vice president, said: ‘We want the government to recognise that there are significant current potential shortages in the profession that can only be mitigated by putting it on …

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