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Concern over student numbers cap

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The RCVS, the BVA and the Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) have written a joint letter to the government expressing concern over plans to cap student numbers at UK universities.

On 4 May, the government announced a temporary cap on student numbers as part of measures to support the higher education sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The letter from the RCVS, BVA and VSC, addressed to Michelle Donelan, the minister of state for universities, requests that UK vet schools be exempt from the measure.

It points out that there is currently a shortage of vets in the UK, and the sector is heavily reliant on vets educated within the EU, who make up around 60 per cent of vets joining the RCVS register each year.

With the travel restrictions in place due to the current pandemic, it is expected that the number of EU graduates coming to the UK will fall. The cap would exacerbate the shortage and would be counterproductive to ensuring a sufficient workforce, the letter says.

The full letter can be read at

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