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CSOs are ready and waiting to help vets

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By Josh Loeb

The UK’s first ever certification support officers (CSOs) are now ready to start assisting vets who sign export health certificates.

The UK’s chief veterinary officer has confirmed that the first tranche of CSOs have completed their training and hundreds of applications from people keen to start the training are currently ‘going through the system’.

Christine Middlemiss told a special media briefing last week that the move forms part of Defra’s efforts to keep trade flowing as smoothly as possible post-Brexit.

The department, which is said to be the most affected by Brexit, estimates an increase in the volume of certificates associated with exports of products of animal origin of between 100 and 250 per cent nationally after the UK leaves the EU. This estimate has been …

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