The RCVS has stepped in to defend Michael Gove following feedback he made to a excessive stage parliamentary committee that appeared to query the coaching stage of EU vets working within the UK.
Earlier this week, the secretary of state for setting, meals and rural affairs informed a choose committee there have been vets “from different international locations” working in British abattoirs “who don’t essentially have the identical stage of qualification as full-dress vets right here”.
With the UK’s public well being sector so closely reliant on EU-qualified vets, Mr Gove’s feedback provoked widespread outcry and the BVA instantly demanded the minister appropriate his feedback.
‘Incorrect and insulting’
BVA president John Fishwick stated: “Mr Gove’s feedback to the Atmosphere, Meals and Rural Affairs Committee are incorrect and insulting to EU vets who’re extremely certified for the roles they undertake.
“We’re asking him to retract these feedback to reveal the UK Authorities recognises the worth of the entire veterinary career within the UK, not simply those that certified right here.”
Responding, the RCVS weighed into the row by releasing an announcement in defence of the minister.
It learn: “The RCVS understands from Defra that the minister was not criticising the coaching of European veterinary surgeons, however relatively, was referring to the distinction within the stage of coaching between veterinarians and non-veterinary people finishing up different roles within the inspection and certification course of, now and sooner or later.
“Defra has made clear ‘the secretary of state wasn’t saying, and doesn’t consider, vets from the EU are much less certified than these from the UK’.”
The assertion then quoted the UK’s CVO, Christine Middlemiss, as being “massively grateful” to all vets and different professionals who contribute to animal well being and welfare, and meals security, within the UK.
Dr Middlemiss went on to acknowledge the “very important function” vets of EU origin play within the workforce.
A survey of all non-UK, EU-qualified vets and VNs is being repeated by the RCVS to assist the faculty achieve a higher understanding of the views and expectations of EU-qualified vets now sure components of the UK’s withdrawal course of from the EU have develop into clearer.