BVA Blog

Oct
09

Eating veal can protect animal welfare and food sustainability

Posted on October 09, 2019 by David Barrett And Jude Capper

We have a long tradition of milk production, produced by cows after they have produced a calf and therefore they have to calve approximately once per year. Not all of these calves are needed in the milking herd; it’s an issue that we can all help to resolve.

Oct
08

How to increase and diversify participation in STEM: the ASPIRES Study

Posted on October 08, 2019 by Emily Macleod And Professor Louise Archer

Student numbers in veterinary science have increased dramatically in the last 10 years. However, it is widely recognised that efforts must also be made to diversify the STEM workforce, as participation remains patterned by gender, ethnicity, and social class.

Oct
04

How to get the most from your EMS placement

Posted on October 04, 2019 by Louise Rayment-Dyble

With 25 years’ experience in first and second opinion exotic practice, Louise Rayment Dyble gathers a collection of tips and suggestions on how students can get the most out of their placement from an employers’ perspective

Oct
03

What vet schools wish applicants knew

Posted on October 03, 2019 by David Bainbridge

David Bainbridge, chair of the Vet Schools Council Admissions Committee, discusses the admissions process and entry considerations.

Oct
01

Gwaredu BVD – the last year

Posted on October 01, 2019 by Neil Paton

Neil Paton tells us why the Gwaredu BVD team are now calling for vets to help shape what happens next, and work to remove this disease from the national herd

Sep
30

Inquisitive individual like me? Time to don your thinking cap and apply for an AWF student grant!

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Stacey Blease

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting students to submit grant applications for innovative research projects which have the potential to make a positive and practical impact on the lives of animals.

Sep
30

Finding EMS placements and making the most of them

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Laura Turner

Laura Turner discusses finding EMS placements and how to get the most out of them.

Sep
22

EMS – use your placements to discover how Veterinary Public Health makes a difference to the profession and society

Posted on September 22, 2019 by Claire White

Why should I do it?With a breadth of enforcement powers, vets working in veterinary public health are the eyes and ears of animal health, welfare, and food hygiene – a fact recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Sep
22

Why You Should Consider an EMS Placement with a Laboratory Animal Vet

Posted on September 22, 2019 by Alice Mcnamara

Alice McNamara had no idea what her new job as a laboratory animal vet would really involve. Three years later, she co-ordinates the Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association (LAVA) EMS scheme, to teach more vet students about this fascinating area of veterinary medicine.

Sep
22

Can you unlock the full potential of the EMS placement? Why EMS is relevant to everyone

Posted on September 22, 2019 by David Charles

All UK vet students have to complete extra-mural studies (EMS). Here, David, highlights some of the key benefits to students and practices of EMS, plus discusses why he led the development of the AVS EMS Resources in 2018/19 & their impact.

Sep
22

Back to school for BVA – a new position on UK undergraduate veterinary education

Posted on September 22, 2019 by Hayley Atkin

The recruitment and retention crisis is a hot topic for the profession. While it’s important we understand and address the issues facing the profession after graduation, we also have to start at the very beginning, when vets consider veterinary medicine as a career choice.

Sep
22

Growing the next generation of vets – top tips for giving talks in schools

Posted on September 22, 2019 by Melissa Donald

When you hear the words ‘our local Primary School would like a visit from one of you’ reverberating around the practice walls, it will either strike fear, loathing, or panic, or your hand will go straight up.

Sep
03

Being a vet with depression and anxiety – some truths beneath the mask

Posted on September 03, 2019

An anonymous vet discusses what depression and anxiety is actually like.

Aug
29

SSPCA animal welfare prosecution cases: How can vets help?

Posted on August 29, 2019 by Ian Futter

Ian Futter highlights what's involved in providing expert testimony for animal welfare prosecution cases 

Aug
29

Insect diets for pets: why vets have to be part of the conversation

Posted on August 29, 2019 by Simon Doherty

President Simon Doherty explains how the veterinary profession should provide leadership, and embrace innovative enabling technologies

Aug
27

Grubs up! Can UK pet lovers get to grips with insects in pet food?

Posted on August 27, 2019 by Charlotte Raynsford

In line with BVA’s position on sustainable animal agriculture, media officer, Charlotte Raynsford explains why considering insect protein for pet food is on the agenda.

Aug
23

Suspected tumour hides dog's16-centimetre kebab skewer

Posted on August 23, 2019 by Elliott Payne

Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, small animal veterinary surgeon Elliott Payne recounts a case of a dog eating a kebab skewer

Aug
13

Sustainable animal agriculture: Five minutes with Welsh sheep farmer, Huw Llandre

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Huw Llandre

Huw Llandre discusses the many ways that farmers and vets can work together to make a positive difference for sustainability.

Aug
07

Thinking of getting a new cat? Paws for thought

Posted on August 07, 2019 by Tricia Colville

Vetlife Trustee Tricia Colville highlights some important points to consider when getting a cat.

Aug
01

Talking #teamvet with Theresa

Posted on August 01, 2019 by Simon Doherty

BVA President Simon Doherty recounts his first call with new Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers