Brexit Threat to Animal Welfare

Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, today emphasised that Scotland welcomes EU veterinary surgeons. 

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) wrote to the Prime Minister emphasising their concern that “the ongoing uncertainty for non-British EU citizens, could seriously impact the veterinary profession’s ability to fulfil its essential roles.”

Around 50% of veterinary surgeons registering to practise each year in the UK are from overseas and the majority of these come from the EU.

Alyn is an honorary associate of the BVA and honorary vice president of the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).

Alyn said:

“As an honorary vet I am deeply concerned about the impact of Brexit on the profession and consequently animal welfare.

“Although the Scottish Government will continue to stand up for citizens from other EU states, once again we can see the potential damage from the Tories’ toxic policies and rhetoric.

“EU veterinary surgeons make a significant positive impact in Scotland and we should all be saying thank you, not peddling the anti-foreigner messages of the Tories.

“I wish to personally extend a warm welcome to all those vets from Europe who work in Scotland. You are valued and I hope you will continue to do us all the great privilege of calling Scotland your home.”