European veterinary surgeons working in the UK: The impact of Brexit (baseline survey)

Robinson D, Everett C, Williams M |   | Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) | Jun 2017

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Following the UK's vote to leave the EU in June 2016, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) commissioned IES to conduct three online surveys over a two-year period to gather the views and intentions of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses registered to practise in the UK, whose nationality is non-UK European.

This report presents the results of the first survey, which was launched on 2 March 2017 and closed on 29 March 2017. A total of 3,078 responses, almost all from veterinary surgeons, were received, representing a response rate of 55.3 per cent – an indication of the importance of Brexit to European veterinary surgeons practising in the UK.

The report contains insights on the personal profiles of European veterinary surgeons, along with their views on the impact of Brexit generally, and on the veterinary profession itself. It also contains findings on the views and intentions of European veterinary nurses, along with conclusions and details of the next steps that will be taken to track the opinions and intentions of European veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses as the Brexit process unfolds.