BVA Blog


Looking for disease threats – APHA’s role

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Fin Twomey

Fin Tworney, Head of the Surveillance Intelligence Unit at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), explains how APHA works to spot new and emerging disease and encourages vets to get involved.


Veterinary Investigation Officers piecing the animal health puzzle together

Posted on May 29, 2019 by David Harwood

David Harwood, Reader in veterinary field pathology at the University of Surrey, explores how Veterinary Investigation Officers are the crucial link between private veterinary surgeons, farmers, and Government in making disease surveillance breakthroughs.


BVA position on health and disease monitoring - one year on

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Hayley Atkin

One year on since BVA published its position paper on animal health and disease monitoring, BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, looks back on how our recommendations have progressed over the past 12 months.


Client compliance in pet dental care – could understanding oral bacteria help?

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Jens Ruhnau

How many of your clients regularly check their pets’ teeth? Very few people examine their pets’ teeth unless they are carrying out daily homecare, so if they’re anything like the average owner they probably don’t peek in their pet’s mouth very often. If they did, would they know what to look for?


BVA Welsh Branch – Briefing Assembly Members

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Sarah Carr

Our Welsh Branch hosted their annual briefing for Assembly Members on 14 May. BVA Welsh Branch President, Sarah Carr, tells us about the evening.


A journey towards environmental sustainability in one veterinary practice

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Ellie West

Ellie West describes the journey which she and her practice have taken towards being a more environmentally sustainable business. She discusses the environmental, business, and personal motivations for this process. 


A President’s reflection: My top 5 highlights as BVA Scottish Branch President

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Melissa Donald

After a brilliant two years as BVA Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald reflects on her term and gives us her top 5 highlights from her time representing members in Scotland. 


Mental Health Awareness Week: It’s ok not to be ok

Posted on May 19, 2019 by Rebecca Molloy

Mental health and the veterinary profession it’s a link we know well. But the words “mental health” still carry negative associations. Here, Rebecca Molloy tells us why it's ok not to be ok, why mental health matters to her, and about the support that's available to us if we need it.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Vet Wellbeing Awards

Posted on May 18, 2019 by Liz Barton

There is a lot of discussion around mental health in the veterinary profession. This in turn has led to increasing awareness of the importance of improving wellbeing at professional, practice and individual levels. The SPVS/Mindmatters Vet Wellbeing Awards are a chance to celebrate the positive steps being taken by practices to support the mental and physical wellbeing of their staff.


Mental Health Awareness Week: How Vetlife supports the veterinary community

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Eve Ritchie

Eve Ritchie, Vetlife's Communication Officer, talks about the support that Vetlife offers the veterinary community and gives ideas on how to give back to the charity.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Mind Matters Initiative

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Lisa Quigley

Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters Initiative Manager, reflects upon MMI’s activities and successes over the past year, and thinks about plans for the rest of 2019 and beyond.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Working together to improve rural wellbeing in Scotland

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Melissa Donald

BVA Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald, explores how Scottish Branch is working with stakeholders across Scotland to improve mental wellbeing across the country, both for vets and their rural clients.


Mental Health Awareness Week: How you can support the community as a Vetlife Area Representative

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Nina Rossi

Vetlife Area Representatives provide the interface between Vetlife and those members of the veterinary profession, their relatives, and dependents who benefit from its services. They also play a key role in promoting Vetlife within and outside the profession. Here some of the existing Area Reps share their experiences and explain why they find the role so rewarding.


Mental Health Awareness Week: How can vets achieve a good work-life balance?

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Graham Pembrey

Graham Pembrey, Lead Health Editor at Bupa UK, gives us tips for creating a good, healthy balance between work, and life outside it.


The politics of food and sustainability – Where do vets fit?

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Ruth Clements

Ruth Clements, Benchmark’s Head of Veterinary Programmes presented at the BVA Annual Congress to speak about vet’s role in the sustainability of the food chain. Here Ruth gives a summary of the takeaways from her BVA Congress session. 


Sustainable animal agriculture: an opportunity for vets to influence innovation in breeding and technology

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Hayley Atkin

We asked the species specialist veterinary associations how innovative approaches to breeding and technology are being used to improve animal health and welfare, efficiency and mitigate environmental impact in their sectors.


Preparing illegally imported puppies for new homes

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Megan

Megan, a Dogs Trust Canine Carer shares a first-hand account of what it takes to rehabilitate puppies rescued from the horrors of the illegal puppy trade.


Less and Better – a call to value our food

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Sean Wensley

As BVA highlights in its newly-published position on UK sustainable animal agriculture, fewer healthier and happier animals with better productivity have less of a sustainability impact than numerous animals with poorer health and welfare outcomes.


As vets, we can influence responsible puppy buying decisions

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Emma Callaghan

As vets, we are in a prime position to promote responsible puppy buying practices. Our clinics are filled with caring, knowledgeable vet and nurse professionals who can educate clients and the public on breed health, canine health testing and buying a puppy responsibly. 


Thinking of buying a puppy? Here are some top questions to ask breeders to avoid heartache

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Daniella Dos Santos

For National Pet Month, BVA, the Animal Welfare Foundation, and the RSPCA share why anyone thinking of buying a puppy should always use The Puppy Contract and ask several important questions of the breeder first.