BVA Blog


Vets speaking up to advance the status of animals within UK sustainable animal agriculture

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Hayley Atkin

The veterinary profession has a crucial role to play in advocating for animal health and welfare as part of the sustainable animal agriculture agenda.


Income protection explained

Posted on April 03, 2019 by Daniel James

If you’re a newly qualified veterinary professional, you’ve probably heard of income protection. This blog will explain what income protection is, and how it’s useful in the event of illness or injury.


Ready, steady, Gove

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Simon Doherty

BVA and the RSPCA caught up with Environment Secretary Michael Gove this week to talk about the #endnonstun campaign and associated asks around welfare at slaughter. Read Simon’s blog reporting back from this key meeting.


#Timeforchange: Thanks to the thousands who shared their experiences

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Daniella Dos Santos

Last month BVA carried out our first ever questionnaire on discrimination in the veterinary professions with a unprecedented response. BVA Junior Vice President, Daniella Dos Santos thanks everyone who got involved.


Transporting livestock from Scotland’s remote and rural areas – A snapshot from the Highlands and Islands

Posted on March 18, 2019 by Freda Scott-Park

BVA Past President and Co-ordinator for the Highlands and Islands Veterinary Services Scheme (HIVSS), Freda Scott-Park, explores the complexities of transporting animals from remote and rural areas in Scotland.


A thumbs-up to The Puppy Contract from both breeders and buyers

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Lisa Hens

RSPCA senior scientific officer and dog welfare expert Lisa Hens worked with the Animal Welfare Foundation to develop The Puppy Contract in a bid to help responsible breeders and better inform buyers.


10 tips for managing stress at vet school

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Rosie Allister

Student life can be brilliant, but it there are potential stresses too, and particular challenges associated with veterinary study. Here are 10 things which can help to manage stress during veterinary training.


Finding the right practice for you

Posted on March 06, 2019 by Lizzie Bewsey-Dyke

Even for an experienced vet, looking for a new job can be daunting but as a new graduate it can be even more overwhelming. Grads to Vets founder, Lizzie Bewsey-Dyke shares her top job-hunting tips for new grads.


British Veterinary LGBT: Hattie's story

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Hattie Smart

To celebrate LGBT History Month, final year vet student Hattie Smart advises that the pathway to achievement is not straight and smooth.


British Veterinary LGBT: Matt's story

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Matt Gurney

To celebrate LGBT History Month, veterinary surgeon Matt Gurney encourages anyone struggling with their sexuality or gender identity to reach out to a trusted friend.


British Veterinary LGBT: Mike's story

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Mike Nikolaou

To celebrate LGBT History Month, small animal practice owner Mike Nikolaou gives his advice to anyone experiencing difficulty with their sexuality or gender identity.


Considering the wider determinants of welfare – a comprehensive approach to the welfare of livestock during transport

Posted on February 12, 2019 by John Fishwick

With growing media interest and political appetite to make improvements to animal transportation, BVA Senior Vice President, John Fishwick, unpacks why it is important to holistically consider the impact of all aspects of transport on animal welfare.


How to survive a no deal Brexit: a guide for vets

Posted on February 05, 2019 by Sally Burnell

The news headlines are filled with reports of organisations ramping up their preparations for the UK to leave the EU on 29 March without a deal. While the future remains unclear, BVA has developed an 8-point plan of practical steps to help vets prepare themselves and their clients for a no deal Brexit.


British Veterinary LGBT: Mat's story

Posted on February 04, 2019 by Mat Hennessey

To celebrate LGBT History Month, small animal vet Mat Hennessey gives his advice to anyone experiencing difficulty with their sexuality or gender identity.


Find your new graduate now, before they’re snapped up

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Lizzie Bewsey-Dyke

When I graduated in 2014, it was common to wait until after exams to start looking for our first jobs; but graduate recruitment patterns have changed dramatically over the past few years.


The Assured Breeder Scheme and the importance of health screening

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Nick Sutton

The Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme directs puppy buyers towards responsible breeders, but how does this Scheme ensure that its breeders are using the most appropriate health screening for the dogs they breed and what are the benefits of doing so?


The workforce crisis part 6 – What do the results of the ‘Mark’ and ‘Elizabeth’ study mean?

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Christopher T. Begeny

The collaborative research project between the University of Exeter and the British Veterinary Association 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.


The importance of eye testing in brachycephalic breeds

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Professor Sheila Crispin

Eye testing brachycephalic dogs should be routine. It helps breeders understand why the foreshortened face can cause substantial welfare problems that have major implications for the dog’s quality of life and what steps can be taken to avoid perpetuating such problems in the offspring.


CHS month: So, your client has been sold a pup?

Posted on January 24, 2019 by Pauline Tolhurst

Pauline Tolhurst – passionate Labrador owner and small animal vet – explains why the Schemes are so important and why it is vital that every hip and elbow radiograph is submitted.


The perils of throwing sticks for your dog

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Daniella Mccready

Dog injuries from sticks can range from cuts and scrapes in a dog’s mouth to infections from stick-splinters and life-threatening injuries. Daniella McCready explores the case of Misty Salt, who was sadly impaled by a stick thrown by her owner.