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Veterinary Surgeons

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he has put in place to increase the number of ethnic minority veterinary surgeons. (97593)

The Government fully accepted the recommendations made in Sir Alan Langlands’ report “Gateway to the Professions”. The Department for Education and Skills’ response to the report is available on their website at: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/hegateway/uploads/Gateways%20to%20the%20Professions%20Govemment%20Response%20-%20Oct%202005%20-%20FINALpdf.

Defra is working closely with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to help the veterinary profession address these issues. We are consulting other government departments and agencies that employ veterinary surgeons via the Government Veterinary Surgeons network (GVS). We have also established a liaison group between the GVS and the Veterinary Schools.

Defra is part funding a ‘Gateways’ project, led by the RCVS and supported by the Veterinary Colleges, aiming to change unhelpful stereotypes of the profession. This targets secondary schools and focuses on career advice.