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RCVS takes position on no-deal Brexit

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By Josh Loeb

The RCVS has for the first time voiced public opposition to a no-deal Brexit.

In an unusually strongly worded statement that critics say breaches its stance of political neutrality, the College issued a press release in which president Amanda Boag said: ‘We call on government not to accept a no-deal Brexit that could shrink our veterinary workforce or risk lowering the animal health and welfare standards of which the UK is so justifiably proud.’

It was sent immediately after a Council meeting on 27 September and accompanied a position statement – not agreed upon by Council – in which the RCVS said the government’s technical notices showed a no-deal Brexit would raise new barriers to exports.

No deal would mean more veterinary surgeons would be required to certify animal products and this, combined with existing recruitment challenges and bureaucracy around pet passports, could pile pressure on the workforce, the RCVS warned.

Since then the College has …

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