DEFRA funding for veterinary science

Allocation of UK government funds for veterinary research

Source: Veterinary Record vol 150, no 20, May 18 2002 p620

There was an increase in funding for vet research by the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) and Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of over 80%, to 37.6 million pounds sterling for 2001 to 2002 compared with 20.8 million pounds annually for 1992-1993, according to food and farming minister, Lord Whitty. Funding for university research rose to 5.6 million pounds from 1.6 million pounds in this period.

The proportion spent on research into transmissible spongiform encephalopathies rose to 43% of the total in 2001-2002, compared with 27% in 1992-1993. There has also been a rise in spending on researching foodborne zoonoses. Animal welfare research, in contrast, accounted for only 8.5% of the total in 2002-2002 compared with 24% in 1992-1993.