The majority of UK-based veterinary surgeons buy British meat, fish, dairy products and eggs, according to professional data released to coincide with British Food Fortnight (Sept 20 – Oct 5, 2014).

The information – released by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) – is taken from the organisation’s bi-annual Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, which captures the profession’s views and experiences about animal health and welfare, public health and trends in the veterinary profession.

According to the survey, nine out of 10 vets would be more likely to buy meat, fish, dairy or eggs if it was British (90%) or locally sourced (88%).

Seven out of 10 vets (71%) actively seek out information about the provenance of food before making a purchase or choosing where to eat, by checking labels or asking in restaurants. Some vets only buy meat from sources they trust, while others have their own livestock.

BVA president Robin Hargreaves said the results show how much British vets “understand and care” about “the importance of animal welfare and food safety”.

“In Britain, we have some of the highest animal welfare and food hygiene standards in the world,” he said. “Our members play a vital role in maintaining those standards – from production animal vets working closely with farmers, to vets working in food production who ensure the safety and quality of the food we eat. This experience and knowledge is reflected in what vets choose to eat themselves.

“It is clear from the survey that when it comes to choosing meat, fish, diary or eggs, vets vote British.”

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