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British Veterinary LGBT: Charlotte’s story

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Dr Charlotte Mccarroll

The most challenging part was trying to hold on to my identity during some very tough personal times. There were great demands on my professional time, maintaining a high level of patient care in a very challenging environment and coping with a move away from everyone I had ever known.


Turning wellbeing research into wellbeing reality: Mind Matters symposium

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Robin Hargreaves

As a member of the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) taskforce, developed by the RCVS, I was very pleased to take a couple of days to attend the recent research symposium held at Edinburgh University.


British Veterinary LGBT: Peter’s story

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Dr. Peter Jones Bvsc Mrcvs

The most challenging part of my career was taking on the presidency of BVA. Having not been in practice for the best part of 35 years, I had to learn about many aspects of veterinary medicine that I was not familiar with or had forgotten in order to try and do the job well; I'll leave others to judge whether I succeeded or not!


British Veterinary LGBT: Sam’s story

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Sam Morgan

One of the toughest lessons I had to learn (and probably I am still learning) is to not get overwhelmed with other people’s thoughts and opinions on you; do not change yourself to suit others.


Llamas, alpacas and goats: did you really think you could escape the trend?

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Karin Mueller

So there it is: Rhona Crilly, shepherdess for 350 ewes at Home Farm and a client you like working with (or at least used to, up to this point!), excitedly tells you that she has bought half a dozen alpacas as guard animals for the flock. 


From vet school to Colombia: pursuing research with a travel scholarship

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Peter Richards

I moved to Colombia immediately after graduating from Bristol, taking advantage of my dual nationality to escape the UK and hoping to find a case-load more suited to my interests of infectious diseases and traumatic injury.


Sedation, anaesthesia and analgesia for farm animals in the field – why is it important?

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Gayle Hallowell

Pain in farm animals either following surgery or secondary to disease is not only a welfare issue, but evidence suggests that it results in increased morbidity and poor weight gain, thus directly impacting on profitability.


Stop normalising suffering: vets speaking out about brachys

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Gudrun Ravetz

The health and welfare problems of brachycephalics is a priority for BVA and we continue to use our professional voice in the media to push for an improvement in the health and welfare of these animals as well as working with other stakeholders to look for solutions.


A veterinary update on Avian Influenza (AI)

Posted on January 27, 2017 by John Fishwick

The strain of Avian Influenza (AI) which currently threatens GB is H5N8, although this strain is unfortunately highly pathogenic to all species of birds, it has not been associated with any disease in humans.


Quality radiographs for accurate diagnosis in companion animal practice

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Patrick Ridge

Diagnostic imaging forms the third line in diagnosis in almost every case of orthopaedic disease seen in companion animal practice (history and clinical exam being first and second). What is particular to many orthopaedic imaging processes however is that...


Surgery of the urogenital system: is it the same old, same old?

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Professor Dan Brockman

Having taught both veterinary undergraduates and postgraduates about surgery of the urogenital tract for nearly 30 years, over the last decade, I have found myself having to reconsider some of my fundamental beliefs as evidence has come forward that has overturned what I was taught and what I thought I knew.


Developing resilience to thrive in veterinary practice

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Carolyne Crowe

Developing a resilient approach is key to thriving both personally and professionally. But what does resilience mean and how we can we become more resilient?


New developments in companion animal endocrinology: impact on 2017 and beyond

Posted on January 10, 2017 by Dr Stijn Niessen

They are like London buses; after years of using the usual suspects in our dog and cat endocrine cases, this year saw the introduction of 2 new key drugs for the treatment of endocrine diseases.


BVA Congress recordings from London Vet Show 2016

Posted on January 09, 2017 by James Mullarkey

London Vet Show has a huge amount of quality CPD speakers but the BVA Congress ethical and animal welfare discussions are something different.


Infectious disease: what to watch out for in 2017

Posted on January 05, 2017 by Simon Tappin

With passports now a firm part of many pets’ summer holiday plans and increasing imports of rescued animals from Southern and Eastern Europe, the infectious diseases once only seen in sunnier climes are now becoming more common on British shores.


Recognising the work and support of vet nurses

Posted on December 29, 2016 by Nicky Mansell

Earlier this year saw the launch of the VN Futures report which came about as a result of the Vet Futures initiative. This prompted me to think about the role of veterinary nurses within our profession and the practice team.


Maternity leave: top tips for employers

Posted on December 02, 2016 by Paul Beevers

Through the legal helpline offered to BVA members, we’re often asked by employers about what needs to be considered when employees go on, and return from, maternity leave.


Celebrating 50 years of hereditary eye disease testing in dogs

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Shirley Dent

I recently met Dr Terry Grimes – one of the original panellists when the Eye Scheme was set up by BVA, the Kennel Club and the International Sheep Dog Society in 1966.


Responsible use of antibiotics - what’s it all about?

Posted on November 15, 2016 by John Fishwick

No one can have failed to notice the recent surge of publicity on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need for antibiotics to be used and prescribed responsibly. The whole issue has been brought sharply into focus by the publication in May this year of a report by Jim O’Neill reviewing the area of antimicrobial resistance globally.


Can we avoid human error in veterinary practice?

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Gudrun Ravetz

‘To err is human’, so the saying goes. But if you’re a clinician, such as a doctor or a vet, your errors can have life-changing and life-threatening consequences for your patients. The truth is, in both human and animal medicine, mistakes do happen. They happen because of human fallibility.