BVA Blog

Feb
20

Vets need islands, like islands need vets

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Charlotte Clough

Vets are to be found providing vital services across even the most remote and inaccessible of the smaller, inhabited British Isles and are an essential part of island life. They are one of the key pieces in the jigsaw of services that make these unique island communities remain viable.

Feb
19

British Veterinary LGBT: Samantha's story

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Samantha Payne

To celebrate LGBT History Month, head nurse Samantha Payne talks about her veterinary career and encourages fellow LGBT+ vets and allied professionals to be themselves.

Feb
16

Brachycephalic CT scans – the science behind the shock factor

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Clare Rusbridge And Penny Knowler

You may have seen the CT scans we’ve been using as part of our #BreedtoBreathe campaign. In this blog, Dr Clare Rusbridge and Dr Penny Knowler give us a master class in CT reading and explain exactly what these CT scans mean for the health and welfare of brachycephalic breeds.

Feb
12

Laminitis risk and metabolic diseases in equids

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Andy Durham

For many years it has been known that laminitis occurs in recognisable breeds of horse and pony. Recognition of this risk in certain individuals has led to a better understanding of what it is about these equids that predisposes them to laminitis. Andy Durham explains these risk factors. 

Feb
08

British Veterinary LGBT: Henry's story

Posted on February 08, 2018 by Henry L’Eplattenier

To celebrate LGBT History Month, clinical director Henry L’Eplattenier talks about his veterinary career and encourages fellow LGBT+ vets reach out to others within the community.

Feb
06

Are your people really working for your practice?

Posted on February 06, 2018 by Helen Frewin

We all want to get the most from our teams, so they are working at the best, engaged and fully contributing. Good people management is not a one-off task; it doesn’t need to be onerous, but it does need some purposeful reflection and action.

Feb
02

Managing stress – looking after yourself

Posted on February 02, 2018 by Stuart Haydock

We know stress is a problem in the veterinary profession. So what steps can you take to manage stress? We asked Stuart Haydock, an organisational psychologist at Bupa, for some suggestions.

Feb
01

British Veterinary LGBT: James Whitmore's story

Posted on February 01, 2018 by James Whitmore

To celebrate LGBT History Month, equine vet James Whitmore talks about his veterinary career and encourages fellow vets to be true to themselves and remain proud of who they are.

Jan
31

The Spectator column was a 'joke' - so why is no one laughing?

Posted on January 31, 2018 by John Fishwick

President John Fishwick outlines the action BVA has taken in response to Spectator columnist Melissa Kite's comments on the veterinary profession and the Association itself.

Jan
30

Returning to work after parental leave with confidence and clarity

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Carolyne Crowe

Returning to work can daunting - your return is likely to be filled with mixed emotions and some concerns. Carolyne addresses these feelings and creates a strategy to make a easier return to work.

Jan
22

Colostrum, Colostrum, Colostrum

Posted on January 22, 2018 by John Fishwick

Good colostrum management is key to preventing disease, improving welfare and minimising antibiotic use in farm animals.

Jan
12

Broaching the brachy issue with our clients

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Robin Hargreaves

Robin explains how practices need to engage with their clients on brachycephalic health issues - emphasising our motivation as veterinary professionals to see people have long and rewarding relationships with happy, healthy pets.

Jan
08

Recognising animal welfare as a public good

Posted on January 08, 2018 by John Fishwick

One Health was at the heart of Michael Gove’s speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, at which he set out his vision for farming post-Brexit, and described what he regards as “public goods”. However, animal health and welfare took a back seat.

Jan
03

#BreedtoBreathe - how vets can improve health and welfare of brachy breeds

Posted on January 03, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

With the launch of BVA’s #BreedtoBreathe campaign, BVA Policy Officer Hayley Atkin, blogs about how vets can take action.

Dec
21

‘Tis the season to be jolly…and on call

Posted on December 21, 2017 by John Fishwick

Memories of some of the veterinary emergencies I have been called out to on Christmas day will always live with me.

Dec
05

Volunteering: Give a little, get a lot

Posted on December 05, 2017 by Melissa Donald

Melissa Donald, BVA Scottish Branch President, talks about how volunteers are key to BVA’s success.

Nov
23

An application process from hell? Myth busting the vet school application process

Posted on November 23, 2017 by David Charles

There’s a lot of incorrect information out there about applying for & studying on a veterinary degree. AVS Junior Vice President, David, dispels some myths and asks what vets & vet students can do to get the right information out there!

Nov
22

Busy with Brexit: An update on BVA policy work

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Michael Mcgilligan

BVA is taking a proactive approach to influencing the Brexit negotiations and the Government’s preparations for exiting the EU.  Michael McGilligan explains our work to date and where the veterinary profession can make an impact going forward.

Nov
22

The politics of animal sentience

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Gudrun Ravetz

Gudrun Ravetz, BVA Senior Vice President, discusses the House of Commons vote to reject the inclusion of animal sentience into the EU Withdrawal Bill, as well as the truth behind the headlines.

Nov
15

Leading from the front on AMR

Posted on November 15, 2017 by John Fishwick

AMR In Focus: BVA President John Fishwick highlights the work BVA have been doing around AMR use, and explains how vets can work together to create positive change.