BVA Blog


The importance of veterinary vaccines in the One Health Agenda

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Mike Francis

Mike Francis discusses the importance of veterinary vaccines within the One Health Agenda and explores the role that they play both in the control of zoonotic disease and the development of human vaccines.


Meeting one of my veterinary heroes: Dr Temple Grandin

Posted on November 12, 2019 by James Russell

BVA Junior Vice President, James Russell talks about Dr Temple Grandin, who is delivering this year’s Wooldridge Lecture at BVA Congress, and where her work and approach have inspired him.


Sustainable animal agriculture: Five minutes with The Donkey Sanctuary

Posted on November 06, 2019 by Fiona Cooke

Head of Research (Europe) at The Donkey Sanctuary, Fiona Cooke talks about the processes that help them look after both their donkeys and the environment.


Why is the UK One Health Co-ordination group important?

Posted on November 04, 2019 by Helen Ballantyne

Helen Ballantyne is the British Veterinary Nursing Association representative on the UK One Health Co-ordination group (UKOHCG). She shares her thoughts on the group and the benefits it brings.


One Health in Action report

Posted on November 01, 2019 by Megan Knowles-Bacon

Ahead of International One Health Day on Sunday 3 November, we’ve launched our new report on ‘One Health in Action’ to showcase some of the exciting projects making an impact in the UK. 


The elements of a good working environment

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Gudrun Ravetz

Experiences and the environment at work significantly shape our career progression and determine our engagement, enjoyment, and satisfaction with our job. Unsurprisingly, this all has an effect on retention in a job, something that the veterinary profession is challenged by. Past President Gudrun Ravetz summarises evidence-based findings to give the key themes for a good working environment.


Innovative veterinary careers: Working in industry

Posted on October 30, 2019 by Edwina Gildea

Edwina Gildea, Companion Animal Veterinary Lead at Zoetis, gives us an insight into what she does, what she enjoys about it, and the journey she took to become a vet in the animal health industry.


Integrating qualified trainers and behaviourists into the vet-led team

Posted on October 28, 2019 by David Montgomery

The last 25 years has seen a rapid rise in people offering animal behaviour and training services, many of whom are ill qualified to do so. This young ‘profession’ is now integrating with the vet-led team through ABTC.


Young Vet of the Year Award 2019 Finalist: What being a Finalist means to me

Posted on October 27, 2019 by Emily Craven

Emily Craven explains what it means to her to be a Finalist for the award, what she loves about her job, and the opportunities she's had as a Young Vet.


Young Vet of the Year Award 2019 Finalist: Why I'm passionate about helping overseas vets

Posted on October 26, 2019 by Andreia Dias

Andreia Dias reflects on her very first steps as a young vet and why she works to help overseas vets overcome challenges and build a thriving career in the UK.


Young Vet of the Year Award 2019 Finalist: My A-Y of being a young vet

Posted on October 25, 2019 by Amy Barstow

Amy Barstow sets out her A-Y of being a young vet, giving us some of her experiences, challenges, and successes as a recently graduated vet.


My experience of starting in practice

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Jamie Lam

As part of the launch of our UK Undergraduate Veterinary Education position, we have sought views of vet education and working in practice from vets across the profession. Small animal vet and BVLGBT+ representative, Jamie Lam talks about his experience.


Reflecting on my EMS placements

Posted on October 18, 2019 by Emily Collins-Wingate

Emily Collins-Wingate, a final year student at Surrey vet school, reflects on what she’s learnt during her EMS placements and rotations.


It’s not always about how hard you work

Posted on October 17, 2019 by Fabian George Blake Rivers

As part of the launch of our UK undergraduate veterinary education position, we have sought views of vet education and working in practice from vets across the profession. Exotics and small animal vet and BVEDS representative, Fabian Rivers, talks about his experience.


Behind the scenes deliberations on the vet-led team vision

Posted on October 17, 2019 by Robin Hargreaves

How do we protect our clients from poor treatment and advice whilst at the same time getting the greatest benefit from the synergies that are available from working with well-trained and well-regulated providers of services? Past President, Robin Hargreaves gives us his thoughts.


Updated for October: 8-point plan for surviving a no deal Brexit

Posted on October 16, 2019 by Sally Burnell

As we approach 31 October, a no deal Brexit remains a possibility. Here’s our 8 point plan of practical steps vets can take to get ready for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.


Ruminant agriculture can help us deliver net zero emissions

Posted on October 15, 2019 by Ffinlo Costain

Chief Executive at Farmwel, ffinlo Costain argues that grass-based cattle and sheep systems can be climate neutral by 2030, and they can help to restore biodiversity and soil health.


Eating veal can protect animal welfare and food sustainability

Posted on October 09, 2019 by David Barrett And Jude Capper

We have a long tradition of milk production, produced by cows after they have produced a calf and therefore they have to calve approximately once per year. Not all of these calves are needed in the milking herd; it’s an issue that we can all help to resolve.


How to increase and diversify participation in STEM: the ASPIRES Study

Posted on October 08, 2019 by Emily Macleod And Professor Louise Archer

Student numbers in veterinary science have increased dramatically in the last 10 years. However, it is widely recognised that efforts must also be made to diversify the STEM workforce, as participation remains patterned by gender, ethnicity, and social class.


How to get the most from your EMS placement

Posted on October 04, 2019 by Louise Rayment-Dyble

With 25 years’ experience in first and second opinion exotic practice, Louise Rayment Dyble gathers a collection of tips and suggestions on how students can get the most out of their placement from an employers’ perspective