Vast majority of vets buy British meat
Published:  19 September, 2014

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

The statistics from the BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey show that nine in 10 vets would be more likely to buy meat, fish, dairy or eggs if it was British (90%) or locally sourced (88%).

The results of the survey, released to coincide with British Food Fortnight, also showed that 71% of vets actively seek out information about the provenance of such food before making a purchase or choosing where to eat, by checking labels or asking in restaurants.

BVA President Robin Hargreaves commented: “These results show how much British vets understand and care about the importance of animal welfare and food safety, and how that affects the food we put on our plates.

“In Britain, we have some of the highest animal welfare and food hygiene standards in the world. Our members play a vital role in maintaining those standards, from production animal vets working closely with farmers to vets working in food production, who ensure the safety and quality of the food we eat.

“This experience and knowledge is reflected in what vets choose to eat themselves. It is clear from the survey that when it comes to choosing meat, fish, dairy or eggs, vets vote British.”