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Veterinary Practices

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2006 to the hon. Member for Stroud, Official Report, column 1858W, on veterinary practices, what assessment he has made of the link between client farm incomes and the success of large animal practices. (90084)

DEFRA has not carried out an assessment of the link between the level of farm incomes and the success of large animal practices. There are a wide range of other factors that are driving change within the veterinary profession. Rather than focusing on one single issue, we are working closely with the British Veterinary Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to gain a more strategic view of the problems facing farm animal practice.