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Vets are being urged to make use of a new guide to help them “myth bust” common misconceptions around applying for vet school in order to encourage young people from all backgrounds to take the first step towards a veterinary career.


On Tuesday (22nd) afternoon, Secretary of State gave his keynote speech at the NFU Conference on the future of British farming, with the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway at its core:

Environment Secretary speech at NFU Conference 22 February 2022 – GOV.UK (


Defra Secretary of State George Eustice announced plans at the NFU conference earlier today to roll out publicly funded annual veterinary visits to farms across England to help improve animal health and welfare.


Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers Ltd is a farmer co-operative that manages a number of farm assurance schemes for the promotion of Welsh Lamb and Beef.


Enhancing animal health and welfare support.

Field animal health and welfare functions currently delivered by the Animal and Plant Health Agency in Scotland are to be replaced by a new Scottish Veterinary Service.


The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is opening a new School of Veterinary Medicine this year. At present, they are in a stage of curriculum development (first entry 2023) and would like to gain the opinion of the profession as to what graduates need to learn in order to become, and ideally remain, members of the profession. There is a lot of discussion on this topic, so they’d like to have a more objective view, which can then shape the curriculum.


Mild conditions experienced in parts of the UK at the New Year, coupled with a predicted warm end to January, means the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group is launching its Nematodirus Forecast earlier this season.


  • The Agricultural Transition Period
    An overview of changes to English agricultural policy 2021-2027
  • The Animal Health and Welfare Pathway
  • Annual Health and Welfare Review: The First Step of Pathway
  • Next step


Informtion from Christine Middlemiss (UK Chief Veterinary Officer) and Gavin Watkins (Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales), updating Veterinarians and Farmers/Owners of sheep and goats (for breeding and production) and their germplasm, of changes to export certification requirements relating to certain endemic diseases, for movements from Great Britain to the EU


While the risk of liver fluke remains low for much of the UK this season, livestock farmers need to keep their guard up again in what is becoming a less predictable parasite challenge. That is the warning from the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) and Control of Cattle Parasites Sustainably (COWS) groups as we head into winter.

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