IFA call for vet­eri­nary ser­vices re­view

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

THE IFA has called on the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture to carry out a full re­view of vet­eri­nary ser­vices to ad­dress in­creas­ing con­cerns about the short­age of vets in many parts of the coun­try.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has re­quested that the re­view in­clude look­ing at the roles of both the Vet­eri­nary Col­lege and the Vet­eri­nary Coun­cil in vet train­ing and job place­ments.

“We raised this in late 2017 with the De­part­ment be­cause of the low num­ber of vets that are in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing or main­tain­ing a large-an­i­mal vet­eri­nary ser­vice that meets the needs of farm­ers,” IFA an­i­mal health chair­man Pat Far­rell told Farm­ing In­de­pen­dent.

“This is an is­sue in many ar­eas, and not just in pe­riph­eral re­gions.”

ICMSA Live­stock Com­mit­tee chair Des Mor­ri­son said “a dis­tinc­tion may be re­quired be­tween train­ing of vets for agri­cul­ture and small-an­i­mal prac­tice to en­sure greater balance.

“The Govern­ment, along with the other stake­hold­ers in the sec­tor, has a re­spon­si­bil­ity in en­sur­ing the avail­abil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of vet­eri­nary ser­vices, as the avail­abil­ity of vets in cer­tain parts of the coun­try has be­come a grow­ing con­cern for farm­ers.”

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