BVA Blog


BVA Members’ Day – Celebrating the profession

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Tara Schwenk

BVA Members’ Day provides an opportunity to celebrate our profession and be inspired by the achievements of our members. Digital Content Editor, Tara Schwenk, shares her highlights.


Winners of the BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year 2018 announced

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Tara Schwenk

We received over 500 entries that showcased the life of our members, including their professional successes and bond with patients. Here we announce the winners of the BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition!


What is the disease risk from imported dogs?

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Many pet owners have written in over the past few days to share concerns regarding our advice against importing stray dogs from abroad, here we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we have been posed regarding disease risk.


Quality of life isn’t just about death

Posted on September 10, 2018 by James Yeates

Quality of life (QOL) is a hot topic for veterinary practice. Discussions began early this century, adapting and adopting ideas from human medicine. It is a way to help us make clinical decisions, to evaluate societal management practices, and to test novel therapies.


Trojan dogs – do you know the risks of rehoming a stray dog from abroad?

Posted on September 07, 2018 by Professor The Lord Trees

Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and a Crossbench member of the House of Lords, Professor Sandy Trees, explores why the veterinary profession is concerned about the risks associated with rehoming stray dogs from abroad and why BVA is encouraging those considering rehoming dogs to rehome from within the existing UK population.


Agriculture after Brexit… where next for Northern Ireland?

Posted on September 05, 2018 by Michael Mcgilligan

DAERA has published a new Consultation paper on the future of agricultural support post Brexit. There is now an opportunity for vets to engage and influence the final detailed policy. BVA will be responding to the consultation and need to hear from members interested in the future of agriculture in Northern Ireland.


Taking up the challenge of antimicrobial usage targets in Northern Ireland

Posted on September 05, 2018 by Aurelie Moralis

Government and industry partners in Northern Ireland have banded together to develop the STAMP project to help meet the UK national targets for farm animal antimicrobial usage. BVA NI Branch Junior Vice President Aurelie Moralis explores this great opportunity for the veterinary profession to ensure appropriate use of antibiotics.


#ChooseAssured - From farm yard to farm assurance

Posted on September 03, 2018 by Janet Blikmans

Janet worked as a farm vet for 15 years before moving to Soil Association Certification. She talks about changing career, the skills from her veterinary career that she still uses and what is involved in certification at Soil Association Certification.


#ChooseAssured – What is lifetime assurance?

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

As part of BVA’s #ChooseAssured campaign, BVA is highlighting the importance of farm assurance schemes providing lifetime assurance for animals from farm to fork. When we launched the scheme in July there were questions from members and media about what we meant by lifetime assurance. 


NI Farm Quality Assurance; the cornerstone of the industry

Posted on August 16, 2018 by Gillian Davis

As part of BVA’s #ChooseAssured campaign, we’ve asked the farm assurance schemes featured on our UK Farm Assurance Schemes infographic to tell us about the key features of their scheme. Here, Gillian Davis gives us a rundown of what the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme means for consumers. 


Making a difference in Wales

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Dinika Procter

With the opening of applications for new members of BVA Committees, including BVA Welsh Branch Council, Junior Vice President, Dinika Procter, tells us why she enjoys volunteering. 


Working with retailers to develop assurance schemes and policy

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Richard Cooper

Farm vet, Richard Cooper, explains his understanding of farm assurance, and highlights the vets role to be the constant advocate for the animal, whilst understanding and respecting the personal and commercial situation of the farmers that care for them.


Poultry keepers urged to be vigilant of Newcastle Disease

Posted on August 09, 2018 by Philip P Hammond

We’re urging all vets who come into contact with poultry to be vigilant following a number of cases of Newcastle Disease. Phillip Hammond, BVPA President, highlights the symptoms of Newcastle disease and shares his advice for clients.


International Cat Day: Pedigree cat breeds without suffering

Posted on August 08, 2018 by Claire Bessant

Claire Bessant, chief executive of International Cat Care, discusses the problems and suffering associated with flat-faced pedigree cats.


A Grand Day Out! BVA Scottish Branch at the Royal Highland Show

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Melissa Donald

BVA Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald, gives us a rundown of her time representing BVA at the Royal Highland Show and some crucial stakeholder engagement on behalf of Scottish members.


5 reasons why you should apply to be on a BVA Committee

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Matthew Erskine

With the opening of applications for new members of BVA Committees, BVA Scottish Branch Council Recent Graduate rep, Matthew Erskine, tells us why vets across the profession should seize this opportunity to get involved. 


Veterinary Photographer of the Year - top tips for wildlife photography

Posted on July 23, 2018 by David Tipling

David Tipling, one of the world’s most widely published wildlife photographers and judge for BVA's Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition, shares his top tips for wildlife photography.


Paper not required – submit online to our Canine Health Schemes

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Dr Jerry V. Davies

With the recent launch of online submissions for the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Canine Health Schemes (CHS), I wanted to take a moment to explain the importance of the schemes and how the new online submissions process will benefit you as a practice vet.


#ChooseAssured campaign - what’s it all about?

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

As BVA launches its #ChooseAssured campaign, Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explores why BVA is celebrating farm assurance schemes and how you can use our UK farm assurance schemes infographic to find out more about their work to protect animal health and welfare.


#ChooseAssured - voting for animal welfare at checkouts

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Sean Wensley

There’s a saying that our meals give us 3 votes every day. Sean Wensley explains how the new #ChooseAssured campaign can help inform consumers and signpost the public towards schemes that promote higher animal welfare.