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Reduce Veterinary Council of Ireland Fees for Veterinary Surgeons

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On the 13th of December 2017 we all received a letter from the Veterinary Council of Ireland, dated the 11th of December stating that it had increased it's registration fees from €390 to €450 per annum. The stated reasons for the increase are that the Veterinary Council only has this source of income to fund all it's activities, that fees have not increased since 2010, that they reduced the licence to practice fee by 13.33% in 2014, that their expenditure has increased over the past number of years and that they are currently incurring operating losses since 2015. This increase of 15% was decided by the Veterinary Council on the 3rd of November and the fees are due to be paid by December 31st. We feel that this increase is too high and unjustified especially as it has been brought in at the same time as the mandatory professional indemnity insurance regulations which are being put in place from the 1st of January 2018. A lot of vets in Ireland currently don't have professional indemnity insurance and are having to take this out either personally or through their employer. Those vets having to take out professional indemnity insurance at their own cost are already facing huge increases in expenditure in January 2018. We also feel that the Veterinary Council did not provide us with sufficient notice of this fee increase.

We ask the Veterinary Council to revoke this fee increase in light of the mandatory professional indemnity insurance regulations of 2018 and to provide us with more notice of intended fee increases in the future.

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