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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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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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New shearing guidance for farmers and contractors

Industry bodies have produced guidance for farmers and contractors on how to handle sheep during shearing to avoid stress and injury.

The guidance includes every step - from the presentation of sheep and facilities for shearing, through to using a contractor and shearers - and aims to ensure shearing is carried out safely, efficiently and with high standards of animal welfare.

Guide co-author Jill Hewitt from the NAAC said: “Shearing is a professional job that takes significant skill. Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously and it will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.’