The BVA has paid tribute to outgoing DEFRA ministers Caroline Spelman and Jim Paice after David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet. The association has thanked both ministers for their hard work.

The BVA has paid tribute to outgoing DEFRA minsiters Jim Paice and Caroline Spelman while welcoming new members Owen Paterson and David Heath, who are now secretary of state and minister of state, respectively.

Jim Paice and Caroline Spelman have been sacked from their posts at DEFRA following the prime minister's decision to reshuffle his cabinetSpeaking of Mr Paice and Ms Spelman, BVA president Carl Padgett said: “The BVA has enjoyed a very good relationship with DEFRA with Caroline Spelman and Jim Paice at the helm. They both showed a huge amount of respect for the scientific views and expertise of the veterinary profession.

“The bold policy decision taken on bovine TB underlined their understanding of the importance of veterinary scientific evidence as well as the needs of the farming community and we are grateful that they led on such a difficult political issue.”

He said the BVA had “consistently been given a fair hearing and the opportunity to put forward the views of the veterinary profession” on important issues such as dangerous dogs, microchipping, wild animals in circuses and welfare at slaughter.

However, while the BVA welcomed the new DEFRA ministers, he said: “Bovine TB policy is at a critical stage and we are keen to ensure they are fully briefed on the latest scientific evidence.”

The departure of Ms Spelman and Mr Paice come as prime minister David Cameron carries out his biggest reshuffle of the cabinet since the coalition formed in 2010. Messrs Paterson and Heath have taken up their new roles.

Image of Caroline Spelman © UNICEF/Robert Griffin
Image of Jim Paice © defragovuk
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