Statement on the outcome of the EU Referendum

24 June 2016

We note that the results of the referendum are to leave the European Union and will now be closely following the negotiations between our Government and the EU.

These negotiations are expected to take a minimum of two years. It is difficult to say at this stage how the vote will affect current arrangements, such as the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (MRPQ) that allows European vets to practise in the UK and vice-versa, and it is likely to be some time before we know.

Needless to say, we will be working with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to minimise any disruption from the transition process.  As always, we will work to maintain and increase the UK’s high standards of veterinary care and animal welfare.

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