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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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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”