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Brexit: BVA respond to Immigration White Paper
BVA and the RCVS are producing a response to the Migration Advisory Committee
Concerns grow over minimum salary requirement for skilled migrants
The Immigration White Paper, released yesterday, details a plan to end the cap for skilled migrants to work in the UK after Brexit. The list currently includes doctors and engineers, and the BVA are urging the government to include veterinary surgeons.

BVA and the RCVS are producing a joint response to the Migration Advisory Committee calling for evidence on the shortage occupation list 2018.

An additional concern is the proposed consultation to require a minimum salary of £30,000 for skilled workers wanting five-year visas.

Currently, 95 per cent of Official Veterinarians working in UK abattoirs are from predominantly EU countries, and starting salaries are in the mid-£20,000s. BVA have warned that the minimum salary threshold could result in a near “wipeout” of veterinary surgeons working in public health slaughterhouse roles.

President of the BVA, Simon Doherty, stated: “The veterinary profession is already facing a workforce crisis and we are hugely reliant on overseas vets, particularly our colleagues from the EU.

“Veterinary surgeons in abattoirs are highly skilled and carry out critical roles ensuring food safety, safeguarding animal welfare and enabling the UK’s trade in animal products. But many won’t meet the proposed £30,000 salary threshold.
“When the Home Secretary lifted the cap on non-EU health sector workers in June, BVA called for vets to be included. We reiterate that call today for the immigration cap to be lifted on vets."


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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”