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Living in the UK when you are a Veterinary Surgeon

There is so much to think about when you move to a new country. It’s hard enough being a veterinarian in your own home country, but when you move to the UK there are other more mundane things you need to worry about.

Immigration and Brexit

We are foreigners after all, right?

Language

How to improve the language and understand what is being told.

Housing

How to find a place to live.

Money

How to open bank accounts, how to pay tax, what pensions are.

Map of the United Kingdom.

Map of the United Kingdom.

The UK works slightly differently depending on whether you are in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland. Taxes and pensions are mostly similar though some will be specific of where you are in. All four regions use pound sterling as a currency, although the Republic of Ireland uses the euro (the Republic of Ireland is NOT part of the United Kingdom). Scotland has its own notes (different pictures, same value). Scotland has its own Parliament and Ireland has an Assembly to create laws not specific to the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In 2014 there was a referendum in Scotland asking the citizens if Scotland should be an independent country. The “No” won with 55% of the votes, so Scotland remains part of the UK.