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The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) welcomes the Federal Government’s changes to HELP debt indexing but calls on the Government to go further in supporting regional veterinary students and graduates.
The Federal Government has overlooked the essential nature of veterinary work, leaving veterinary science students out of its recent promise to provide funds to support teaching, nursing, and social work students on university placements.
Veterinarians are celebrated as essential health workers on World Veterinary Day Saturday 27 April 2024.
The Regional Education Commissioner’s 2023 annual report recommends the critical veterinary workforce shortage in regional and remote Australia is immediately addressed.
Recent events involving the death of over 100 Australian cattle onboard a live export ship travelling to Indonesia clearly demonstrates the need for veterinarians to be on board all live export ships, no matter how short the voyage.

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