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UK report: relationship between veterinarians and farmers needs to be renewed
UK report: relationship between veterinarians and farmers needs to be renewed


A recently published UK report with the title ‘Unlocking Potential - A report on veterinary expertise in food animal production’ summarises the on-going discussion on the challenges that face farm animal veterinary practices and discusses whether there is sufficient food animal veterinary expertise in Great Britain.


Professor Phillip Lowe (Director of the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) Programme of the UK Research Councils) is the main author of this report. He was supported by the ‘Vets and Veterinary Services Working Group’, bringing together Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the British Veterinary Association and the National Farmers Union. Some of the reports main conclusions are that there is a need to renew the relationship between veterinarians and farmers, and to clearly articulate the demand for veterinary services. ‘Both veterinarians and farmers need to recognize that their ultimate customer is the food consumer. Veterinarians need to add value beyond the farm gate, but also need to overcome the perception held by some farmers that vets are ‘quasi regulators’ and do not add value’. For the complete report: pdf