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Veterinary Medicine: Poverty

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 108536, tabled on 20 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to help increase access to veterinary care for animal owners on low incomes in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England.

Answered on

28 January 2022

The price charged for veterinary care is a commercial arrangement between veterinary practices and their customers. There are, however, charitable organisations across the country that support pet owners on low incomes, including the PDSA (Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals) in the Coventry area. My officials are considering proposals for legislative reform from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that would permit certain activities to be delegated to highly trained allied professionals. This may alter the costs of a range of services for all pet owners.