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NI ‘will need more vets to certify food and animals’

By Staff Reporter

A no-deal Brexit will result in a higher demand for more vets required to certify food and animals, a Northern Ireland veterinary surgeon has warned.

The BBC reported yesterday there is expected to be a rise in the number of Export Health Certificates (EHC) which authorise cross-border movements of agri-food products.

Companies without the certificates required by the EU will not be able to sell their produce, and as result more vets will be required for the process. Up to 1.9 million certificates will be needed to accompany every consignment of locally produced food and other animal products EU-bound, according to the BBC.

Simon Doherty, president of the British Veterinary Association, said the situation is being compounded by an already present shortage of NI vets between "10% to 12%".

He stressed the organisation is "working very closely with DAERA" [Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs] to tackle the issue.

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