The Veterinary Council of Ireland welcomed 302 new vets and 139 new veterinary nurses to its register in 2022, with 20 of the new vets based in Galway.
The total number of vets and veterinary nurses on the register now stands at 3,399 and 1,245 respectively, which is an all-time high in terms of the number of veterinary professionals working in Ireland.
These numbers are welcomed in the context of increasing demand for veterinary services and ongoing recruitment challenges.
Of the 302 newly registered vets, 80 were awarded their Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from UCD.
The remaining vets graduated from a number of schools of Veterinary Medicine abroad, with the most popular being Budapest University of Veterinary Science (which accounted for 35 newly registered vets) and Warsaw University of Life Sciences (which accounted for 14 vets).
Niamh Muldoon, CEO and Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, said: “The Veterinary Council believes that the welcome addition of these talented professionals to our register in 2022 will go some way to meeting the growing demand for veterinary services across Ireland.
“We are pleased to welcome all of the vets and vet nurses who joined our register over the last 12 months, and we believe this growth indicates the robust strength of the sector.
“The Council looks forward to what 2023 will bring, and we will continue to work with all of our registrants and our stakeholders in the interest of the public and animal health and welfare.”