5 November 1999
UK vets look for a new role
BRITAINS farm animal veterinary surgeons fear they are heading towards “endangered species” status, according to a report in The Scotsman.
The newspaper interviews several who say that increasingly ministry of agriculture and companion animals work is keeping them afloat.
Another loss of work comes from farmers adopting a do-it-yourself approach to veterinary medicine.
Vets are also facing increased bureaucracy.
The governments veterinary medicines directorate is making plans to implement the 1981 European Union directive on the record-keeping requirements for retailers of veterinary medicines for food animals.
David Miller, vice president of the British Veterinary Association, believes this will cause chaos if there is an attempt to implement it too quickly.
- Government needs 300 more vets, FWi, 16 July 1999
- Vets hit as farmers stop paying bills, FWi, 22 February 1999
- The Scotsman 05/11/99 page 30