BVA calls for clarity on vet checks ahead of EU negotiations
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called for clarity on the arrangements for the movement of animals and animal products after the transition period, as the UK and EU enter the seventh round of negotiations.
The BVA is warning that preparations for veterinary checks on exports and imports cannot start until the UK and EU have reached an agreement.
The Association has previously raised concerns about the UK’s preparedness for a no-deal Brexit ahead of the signing of the withdrawal agreement.
“If we don’t have enough vets with the right qualifications in the right places, it could have a significant impact on UK industry.”
BVA president, Daniella Dos Santos, said: “As we enter the next round of negotiations, we simply can’t know if the veterinary profession is ready for EU exit because we don’t yet know what level of veterinary checks on imports and exports will be required.
“Veterinary certification is an essential part of trade. It ensures consumer confidence in products by protecting animal health and welfare and public health. If we don’t have enough vets with the right qualifications in the right places, it could have a significant impact on UK industry.
“We remain concerned that if the UK cannot reach an agreement with the EU, we won’t have the capacity to meet the increased demand for veterinary certification. A huge amount is at stake and we need urgent clarity to give our sector time to prepare.”