British Veterinary Association warns no-deal Brexit scenario could mean animal medicine shortages

The British Veterinary Association’s President has expressed his concerns about medicine shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

A report called Operation Yellowhammer revealed the contingency plans of the UK government if they fail to reach a deal with the European Union.

It sets out a series of “reasonable worst case assumptions.”

One of the issues was the shortage of medicines for humans but the BVA has warned this would also affect nonhuman animals.

Simon Doherty, from the British Veterinary Association, told BBC Radio 4:

“Primary concerns are around things like short-shelf life veterinary medicines.
“Most vaccines need to be kept refrigerated, the main concerns will be around the vaccines for all animals—pets—horses and livestock.”

The BVA has a document looking at the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the industry and animals.

It states the UK veterinary workforce is heavily reliant on EU graduates, particularly in the field of public health and a no deal Brexit would “place additional demand on veterinary capacity, particularly in relation to a significant increase in veterinary certification required for trade, and other animal movements.”

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