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Non-vets would compromise OVs, warns VPHA

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By Josh Loeb

Veterinary surgeons must continue to be the only persons permitted to sign certificates guaranteeing meat, cheese and other animal products as safe to export, the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) is insisting.

In a position statement on veterinary certification, the VPHA says: ‘In our view, a “veterinary” certificate can only be issued by a veterinary surgeon and not by a paraprofessional as it constitutes a veterinary task that can only be completed by a member of the RCVS in accordance with the 10 Principles of Certification.’

The organisation drafted the statement following suggestions that Defra was considering introducing a ‘certifying officer’ role to facilitate export paperwork post-Brexit. Discussions on the subject took place in a Veterinary Capability and Capacity Project meeting convened by Defra in May of this year, according to minutes contained in BVA Council papers.

The statement calls for the UK to consider setting up a system to provide ‘refresher’ training for all …

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