THE increasing numbers of Irish people studying veterinary medicine abroad, plus more foreign vets moving here will help ease the growing demand for large-animal vets in rural Ireland.
That's according to the Veterinary Council, which welcomed 133 new vets and 48 new veterinary nurses onto its register this year.
The total number of vets and veterinary nurses on the register is 2,938 and 1,019 respectively.
Of the 133 newly registered vets, 50 were awarded their qualification from UCD, 25 from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest and 11 from the University of Life Sciences in Warsaw.
A further eight were awarded their qualifications from British universities. The remaining vets received their qualifications from other universities abroad.
Niamh Muldoon, CEO and registrar of the Veterinary Council of Ireland said it is hoped the influx of new vets will help to meet the demands and recruitment challenges experienced by some under-serviced rural areas, particularly large-animal practices that have struggled to get staff.