BVA Blog

Aug
16

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. 

Aug
10

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. 

Aug
10

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.

Aug
09

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.

Aug
08

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.

Jul
27

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.

Jul
27

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. 

Jul
23

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.

Jul
20

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.

Jul
20

#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.

Jul
20

#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. 

Jul
18

Understanding cruciate disease in dogs

Posted on July 18, 2018 by James Grierson And Karl Jones

Cruciate disease is well known to be the most common cause of lameness and stifle joint osteoarthritis in dogs. Vets see dogs with cruciate disease on a regular basis, diagnosis can be challenging and there is a minefield of different techniques for managing cruciate disease.

Jul
12

Top tips to optimise your final year

Posted on July 12, 2018 by David Charles

"Doing the job, but with training wheels on." AVS president, Dave Charles, reflects on his first 3 months of rotations and some lessons he and his year have learnt since making the jump from classrooms to clinics.

Jul
03

London Pride - marching together

Posted on July 03, 2018 by Dan Makin

Dan Makin, Vice-President of BVLGBT+, shares the significant headway made by the association to raise awareness of equality and diversity within the workplace.

Jun
27

Pugs on Film - the problems of Pugmania in the media

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Rowena Packer

Animal welfare scientist Rowena Packer discusses how, in the face of positive media attention, we need to focus on the facts surrounding brachycephalic health and turn the tide on Pug popularity.

Jun
25

Gamebird sector posts commendable antibiotic-use reductions

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Philip P Hammond

Following a joined-up initiative last year by a range of stakeholders, the gamebird sector has achieved a 36% reduction in antibiotic use in just one year, with the use of antibiotics in game feeds falling by an impressive 53%.

Jun
22

Enter the 2018 Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Tara Schwenk

Following the success of the past years’ competitions, we have launched the third Veterinary Photographer of the Year Competition and are inviting members to submit entries in the run up to World Photography Day on 19 August.

Jun
18

Creating a good environment at work

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Graham Pembrey

How we feel in our working environment isn’t just about the physical space we operate in and the equipment we have to hand. A greater factor in our wellbeing is the people who we work alongside, and how well we support one another.

Jun
15

What’s vet school life like?

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Katie Roberts

Cambridge veterinary student, Katie Roberts, shares her top tips for surviving and thriving in vet school.

Jun
08

What students need to know about EMS

Posted on June 08, 2018 by Rebecca Grace

Liverpool veterinary student, Rebecca Grace, shares her top tips for students for EMS, as well as how to find EMS placements.