BVA Blog


Top tips to optimise your final year

Posted on July 12, 2018 by David Charles

"Doing the job, but with training wheels on." AVS president, Dave Charles, reflects on his first 3 months of rotations and some lessons he and his year have learnt since making the jump from classrooms to clinics.


London Pride - marching together

Posted on July 03, 2018 by Dan Makin

Dan Makin, Vice-President of BVLGBT+, shares the significant headway made by the association to raise awareness of equality and diversity within the workplace.


Pugs on Film - the problems of Pugmania in the media

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Rowena Packer

Animal welfare scientist Rowena Packer discusses how, in the face of positive media attention, we need to focus on the facts surrounding brachycephalic health and turn the tide on Pug popularity.


Gamebird sector posts commendable antibiotic-use reductions

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Philip P Hammond

Following a joined-up initiative last year by a range of stakeholders, the gamebird sector has achieved a 36% reduction in antibiotic use in just one year, with the use of antibiotics in game feeds falling by an impressive 53%.


Enter the 2018 Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Tara Schwenk

Following the success of the past years’ competitions, we have launched the third Veterinary Photographer of the Year Competition and are inviting members to submit entries in the run up to World Photography Day on 19 August.


Creating a good environment at work

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Graham Pembrey

How we feel in our working environment isn’t just about the physical space we operate in and the equipment we have to hand. A greater factor in our wellbeing is the people who we work alongside, and how well we support one another.


What’s vet school life like?

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Katie Roberts

Cambridge veterinary student, Katie Roberts, shares her top tips for surviving and thriving in vet school.


What students need to know about EMS

Posted on June 08, 2018 by Rebecca Grace

Liverpool veterinary student, Rebecca Grace, shares her top tips for students for EMS, as well as how to find EMS placements.


Regional representatives - who are they and why should you care?

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Amelia Findon

Amelia Findon, Head of Policy and Governance, explains how members can get in touch with their regional representatives, and why this vital role is so important for representation.


What insurance do I need on my EMS?

Posted on June 04, 2018 by Pete Lishman

A veterinary practice isn’t a risk-free environment - so it’s best to make sure you have the right insurance protection in place whilst on EMS. Our insurance partners Lloyd & Whyte, have broken down the recommended cover that you’ll need and who needs to arrange it.


Surveillance - nothing to do with small animal vets, right?

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Daniella Santos

BVA EWAP Chair and surveillance working group member - Daniella Dos Santos - tells us why small animal vets should not underestimate what they bring to the table when it comes to animal health and disease monitoring or ‘disease surveillance’. 


Mental Health Awareness Week: Being a Vetlife Trustee

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Tricia Colville

Vetlife Trustee - Tricia Colville - explains why it is important that the veterinary profession supports Vetlife, and how others can get involved with the charity as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Mind Matters

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Stuart Reid

BVA and Vetlife are supporters of the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those in the veterinary team, including students, veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons and practice managers.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Learning to enjoy the here and now

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Nicky Mansell

Nicky Mansell - Young Vet Network representative on BVA Council - discusses the importance of self-care and wellbeing for young vets as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Veterinary wellbeing, a personal blog

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Simon Doherty

Simon Doherty - BVA Junior Vice-President - gives a personal account of his own experiences with mental health as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


An introduction to bovine fertility

Posted on May 15, 2018 by John Dawson

The bovine practitioner is expected to deliver diverse, accurate and innovative fertility treatments - John Dawson introduces bovine fertility to those starting in this area.


Mental Health Awareness Week: What happens when you call the Vetlife Helpline?

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Rosie Allister

Dr Rosie Allister - Vetlife Helpline Manager - explains what you can expect if you call the Vetlife Helpline as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


Mental Health Awareness Week: From one vet to another

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Darren Humphrey

Darren Humphrey - Senior Clinician for the Vetlife Health Support team - discusses the support Vetlife can offer the veterinary profession as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series. 


Why BVA needed to say more on animal health and disease monitoring

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

With the publication of the BVA position on veterinary scanning surveillance, BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin unpacks why now is a crucial time for BVA to be speaking out on animal health and disease monitoring.


Are we prepared for a major disease outbreak?

Posted on May 09, 2018 by Les Eckford

Les Eckford, BVA Council representative for Wales, updates on his recent experience of ‘Exercise Blackthorn’, designed to test the UK’s readiness for dealing with a major disease outbreak.