The House of Commons has officially recognised 2011 as World Veterinary Year in an Early Day Motion sponsored by Neil Parish MP, which also calls on Government to deliver policies that complement the work of vets.
The House of Commons has officially recognised 2011 as World Veterinary Year in an Early Day Motion sponsored by Neil Parish MP, chair of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW).
The EDM notes the roles of both the British Veterinary Association (BVA) as the voice of the veterinary profession and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for setting veterinary standards in the UK.
The motion also:
- recognises the key role of vets across public health, animal health and welfare, food security; and
- calls on the Government to deliver policies which complement the work of practitioners and enable and inspire future generations of veterinary students.
RCVS president Jerry Davies said: “The veterinary profession plays a vital and wide-reaching role in society, ranging from safeguarding the health and welfare of companion animals and livestock to protecting public health and ensuring the safety of the food we eat.
He added: “The RCVS commends Members of Parliament in highlighting the important, and often unrecognised, contribution that veterinary surgeons make to our everyday lives.”
Both BVA and RCVS are encouraging veterinary surgeons to contact their MPs to ask them to sign the motion and show support for the profession. The motion is co-sponsored by Peter Bottomley MP, Jim Dowd MP, Andrew George MP, Andrew Miller MP, and Andrew Rosindell MP.
BVA president Harvey Locke said: “We are a small profession but our impact is enormous and I am delighted that this is being recognised by Members of Parliament.”
- The full text of Early Day Motion 2122 and a full list of signatories can be viewed here.