BVA Blog

Nov
13

The workforce crisis part 3 - Are you Mark or Elizabeth? In 2018, it really shouldn’t matter

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Gudrun Ravetz asks why, as an evidence-based profession, do we not show the same evidence-based transparent approach to how we value and pay our employees.

Nov
12

Hints and tips for successful studying at vet school

Posted on November 12, 2018 by Catriona Bell And Jessie Paterson

Dr's Catriona Bell and Jessie Paterson from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies share their top study tips based on their experiences of providing ‘Study Skills Support’ to veterinary students over the past nine years.

Nov
12

The workforce crisis part 2 - It’s not about millennials or women

Posted on November 12, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

The new workforce report commissioned by BVA and carried out by the University of Exeter shows an incredibly helpful new perspective on why so many vets may be leaving the profession, but more importantly, has some really helpful suggestions for changes we can make.

Nov
08

The workforce crisis part 1 - It’s time for a culture change

Posted on November 08, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

The new workforce report commissioned by BVA and carried out by the University of Exeter shows that it is time the profession takes a long, hard look at itself.

Nov
02

One Health Week: One Earth, the impacts of climate change

Posted on November 02, 2018 by Laurie Laybourn-Langton

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change explains how climate change will directly affect human and animal health.

Nov
01

One Health Week: Does the vet have a role in tackling abuse in animals and humans?

Posted on November 01, 2018 by Freda Scott-Park

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, past BVA President Freda Scott-Park explains how healthcare professionals can work together to prevent human and animal abuse.

Oct
30

One Health Week: Death as a One Health issue, could doctors learn from vets?

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Robin Hargreaves

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, past BVA President Robin Hargreaves talks about his approach to end of life discussions, and we should all talk about death more often and earlier than we do. 

Oct
29

One Health Week: Augmented reality, One Health for the real world

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Sean Wensley

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, past BVA President Sean Wensley explores what a One Health approach can bring to the 'big' problems affecting our world.

Oct
26

Breeding change – vets and vet nurses tackling root cause animal welfare problems

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Sean Wensley

For as long as humans have used animals - for transport, food, sport, companionship and more - we have recognised the benefits of breeding from the best suited naturally occurring individuals. Sean Wensley discusses how far is too far.

Oct
25

Debating religious slaughter over 200 years: from spatial concealment to social controversy

Posted on October 25, 2018 by John Lever

Ahead of the London Vet Show session 'The evolution of slaughter - how science, politics and society shape the way we kill animals', John explores historical context to understand debates around religious slaughter.

Oct
23

Extreme conformation - How vets can play their part

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

As BVA launches its overarching position on extreme conformation, BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explores how vets can play their part to work towards healthier future generations of animals. 

Oct
19

The challenges and opportunities of the farm practice in 2020

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Pete Orpin

Farm practice has undergone a quiet revolution in the last 2-5 years, Pete Orpin explains what the big challenges are, and what opportunities they represent.

Oct
18

The VCMS – what’s mediation got to do with vets in practice

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Jennie Jones

In 2016, the Veterinary Client Mediation Service was launched. With the service now approaching its 2nd anniversary, Jennie Jones - Head of the VCMS, shares her experiences of mediation in the veterinary profession. 

Oct
16

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

Following A Levels results day, the British Ethnicity and Diversity Society asked vets to share their experiences of getting into vet school on Twitter. In response, Daniella Dos Santos shared her experience, and elaborates further for BVA. 

Oct
11

Eradicating BVD in Wales

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Neil Paton

Neil Paton, Technical Director of Gwaredu BVD and SVP of Welsh Branch talks about the successes of the programme and hopes for the future.

Oct
10

Bouncing back: is resilience worth the hype?

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Rosie Allister

Resilience is increasingly suggested as a desirable, even required, characteristic for professionals, but what is it? Vetlife Helpline Manager, Rosie explores what this means.

Oct
09

What should you consider when buying a puppy?

Posted on October 09, 2018 by Andrew Gillon

Deciding to buy a puppy is a huge decision and the process of finding the right puppy for you can be complicated, however it is important to take your time and consider everything involved in owning a dog.

Sep
28

Consideration of behavioural opportunity in farm animal welfare standards

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Laura Higham

To drive positive outcomes for all aspects of animal welfare, Laura Higham, outlines why she believes that vets and consumers should support the assurance schemes that facilitate behavioural opportunity for all species, and help to provide a “good life” for animals.

Sep
21

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.

Sep
18

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!