Competition in the Veterinary Profession

The study

The veterinary profession has changed considerably in recent years and this study made a number of recommendations to ensure that competition among vets delivered benefits for consumers.

Read our Veterinary Study or the Executive Summary.

Recommendations and outcomes

Our study on the veterinary profession made five recommendations designed to ensure that regulations protect the health of animals and the general public, and at the same time deliver value for money to consumers.

Vets are now allowed to advertise and compete for new business. As a result of these changes you can make a more informed choice when choosing a vet and you can shop around to get better value for money.

One recommendation to allow companies to supply veterinary services has not been implemented yet. However, the Company Law Review Group has recommended that an interdepartmental working group be established for the purpose of considering Limited Liability Partnerships for some professions in more detail.

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