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Is it time to incentivise public health work?

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By Josh Loeb

Vet students should be offered financial incentives to become public health vets and ‘serve the country’ by fulfilling vital work in slaughterhouses.

That is the view of Stephen May, a senior veterinary educationalist and former RCVS president.

Speaking at a panel discussion at last week’s British Equine Veterinary Association congress, May said he had already urged the government to establish mechanisms whereby veterinary graduates who go to work in the UK’s food production industry could have their fees repaid in recognition of this.

He drew a comparison with graduate inflow programmes for army engineers, whereby university tuition fees are repaid in recognition of their decision to work in jobs essential to the nation.

This approach could also be used to broaden the range of applicants to vet school, he said.

‘One of the …

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