BVA Blog

Jan
17

BVA Scottish Branch – Meet your newest Branch Council Members

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Melissa Donald

Following an unprecedented amount of interest in BVA Committee vacancies in 2018, Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald, kick starts 2019 by introducing BVA Scotland’s newest appointments to Branch Council.

Jan
17

CHS month: Button the Bernese, living with elbow dysplasia

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Annie Wilson

Dog owner, Annie Wilson, describes what it is like to live with and care for a dog suffering with elbow dysplasia. From major surgery to managing exercise and play, elbow dysplasia can have serious effects on the life of you and your dog

Jan
15

Stricter legislation needed to tackle illegal puppy imports

Posted on January 15, 2019 by Paula Boyden

Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, explains the work of Dogs Trust in investigating abuses of the Pet Travel scheme to illegally import puppies for sale and examines how Brexit could provide us with the opportune moment to tackle the illegal trade.

Jan
11

The workforce crisis part 4 - Why the focus on gender?

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Christopher T. Begeny

The collaborative research project between the University of Exeter and BVA on workforce issues in the veterinary profession has prompted many questions. In this series of blogs researcher Chris Begeny will explain why their team framed their study as they did and how they interpreted the results.

Jan
10

CHS month: Crossbreeds and non-breeding dogs can benefit too

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Daniella Dos Santos

BVA Junior Vice President, Daniella Dos Santos explains why the Canine Health Schemes are relevant for all dogs.

Jan
09

Dog bite injuries and One Health

Posted on January 09, 2019 by Christopher J. Mannion

Christopher J. Mannion, a Consultant and Clinical Associate Professor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust reflects on his ‘One Health’ journey, explaining how he discovered the concept through his work on dog bite injuries and why it is so important to his work. 

Jan
07

CHS month: What exactly is the BVA KC ISDS Eye Examination Scheme?

Posted on January 07, 2019 by Peter Bedford

To ensure that your dog has healthy eyes, particularly for breeding purposes, a routine examination for the presence of inherited problems is necessary - but what exactly does that entail?

Jan
04

What’s coming up for #teamvet in 2019?

Posted on January 04, 2019 by Simon Doherty

Ringing in the new year allows us to reflect and look ahead to the next 12 months. BVA President, Simon Doherty, catches a breath and looks back on the past year’s highlights at BVA.

Jan
03

CHS month: The workings of the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes

Posted on January 03, 2019 by Jerry V. Davies

In a series of blogs, Chief Scrutineer, Dr Jerry V. Davies, will outline the workings of the Canine Health Schemes, how they can help you as a breeder or owner and how the schemes can provide useful health information for your pet dog.

Dec
20

African swine fever: An update

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Duncan Berkshire

African swine fever (ASF) is a devastating and often fatal disease which has been spreading in parts of eastern and central Europe since 2007. Duncan Berkshire, President of the Pig Veterinary Society, gives a update on the current situation.

Dec
19

Why volunteer at Christmas?

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Rosie Allister

Dr Rosie Allister, Vetlife Helpline Manager, outlines why she volunteers over Christmas, and what you can expect if you call the Helpline at this time of year.

Dec
19

How do we bridge the gap between human and animal representation in advertising?

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Charlotte Raynsford

With the launch of BVA’s good practice guidance for the responsible use of pet animals in advertising, Charlotte's thoughts have turned to whether considerations of animal health and welfare in advertising are keeping pace with responsible representations of their human counterparts.

Dec
17

‘Tis the season to be social in Wales

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr, President of BVA Welsh Branch, reflects on the past year and shares her 2018 highlights of Welsh Branch activities.

Dec
13

Alternative veterinary careers: Combining education and research

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Stacey Blease

The most obvious career path for veterinary graduates is practice, but there are a number of other options available. Stacey Blease, AWF trustee, tells us about her journey to becoming Head of Learning and Development at the British Veterinary Nursing Association.

Dec
11

A picture is worth a thousand words – translating the five welfare needs on set

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Speaking from first-hand experience as a vet ‘on set’, BVA past President, Gudrun Ravetz, explores how the veterinary profession can play a powerful role in advising on the responsible use of animals in advertising.

Dec
10

Working over Christmas

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

Working over Christmas is tough, not only from a personal perspective of not being with family, but also from a professional perspective of having to deal with emergencies, often alone, during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of year. Daniella Dos Santos explains how can you make it a little more bearable.

Dec
06

Working together to promote health over looks

Posted on December 06, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz And Runa Hanaghan

As the demand for 'designer breeds' continues to rise, so does the number of animals bred with extremes of conformation. BVA and Dogs Trust, have been working collaboratively to find ways to tackle the issue. BVA Past President Gudrun Ravetz and Dogs Trust Deputy Veterinary Director Runa Hanaghan share insights from recent work to tackle extreme breeding.

Dec
04

More than just an image… thinking twice about how pets are depicted in advertising

Posted on December 04, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explains why BVA is encouraging vets and advertisers to think holistically about how images of pets may be perceived and what vets can to do promote the responsible use of pets in advertising. 

Dec
03

Tips for reducing stress over Christmas

Posted on December 03, 2018 by Carolyne Crowe

Christmas is fast approaching. For some, it represents all they enjoy – friends, family and frivolity – but for others it can be a very stressful time of year, often taking its toll on mental and physical health. Carolyne Crowe shares her tips for reducing stress over the festive season.

Nov
28

One Health Conference 2018: Paving the way for collaborative medicine

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Laura Turner

With One Health being such an important concept for the future of veterinary medicine, it is vital that students are introduced to this idea during their time at university. The University of Liverpool welcomed the National Student One Health Conference 2018, vet student Laura Turner shares her highlights.