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Fewer overseas vets coming to UK since Brexit vote

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By Josh Loeb

Recruitment of overseas vets has become harder since the Brexit vote, unpublished data has suggested.

Over the past five years, the number of EU-qualified vets joining the RCVS Register has been increasing year on year. However, data seen by Vet Record for EU-qualified vets registering in the UK in 2016/17 shows that the total was almost static compared to that of the previous 12 months.

The figures relate to new registrants’ ‘country of qualification’, as opposed to nationality, and since some British nationals qualify from vet schools on the continent, the data cannot be interpreted as representing categorical evidence that fewer non-UK EU vets have been moving to the UK.

Nonetheless, this is likely to worry employers since it reveals an apparent dip in the number of entrants coming to the UK from several countries previously considered by recruiters as important sources of overseas-qualified vets.

The figures, which are expected to be made public later this year, show that in 2016/17 there was a decline for the second successive year in the number of new entrants holding qualifications from Spanish and Irish institutions.

There was also a slight dip in the numbers moving to the UK after graduating in several other European countries – including Greece, Italy and Romania – during the period, which included the first eight months following the Brexit vote.

Recruitment agencies seeking to fill UK vacancies are also reporting that …

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