UK faces shortage of vets when it leaves the EU, Lords warn

Britain faces a post-Brexit shortage of vets because nine in 10 practising in the UK on behalf of the government originally come from another EU member state, says a report.

A study by the House of Lords EU Committee says Britain is now “overwhelmingly reliant” on importing veterinary surgeons from the EY to keep the state run side of the industry going.

It states that “more than 90 per cent” of practising official vets – who carry out animal welfare duties on behalf of the Government – now come from one of the EU 27 member states.

Separate figures show more than a fifth of those working in the UK qualified elsewhere in Europe.


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