BVA Blog

Oct
23

Extreme conformation - How vets can play their part

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

As BVA launches its overarching position on extreme conformation, BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explores how vets can play their part to work towards healthier future generations of animals. 

Oct
19

The challenges and opportunities of the farm practice in 2020

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Pete Orpin

Farm practice has undergone a quiet revolution in the last 2-5 years, Pete Orpin explains what the big challenges are, and what opportunities they represent.

Oct
18

The VCMS – what’s mediation got to do with vets in practice

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Jennie Jones

In 2016, the Veterinary Client Mediation Service was launched. With the service now approaching its 2nd anniversary, Jennie Jones - Head of the VCMS, shares her experiences of mediation in the veterinary profession. 

Oct
16

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

Following A Levels results day, the British Ethnicity and Diversity Society asked vets to share their experiences of getting into vet school on Twitter. In response, Daniella Dos Santos shared her experience, and elaborates further for BVA. 

Oct
11

Eradicating BVD in Wales

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Neil Paton

Neil Paton, Technical Director of Gwaredu BVD and SVP of Welsh Branch talks about the successes of the programme and hopes for the future.

Oct
10

Bouncing back: is resilience worth the hype?

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Rosie Allister

Resilience is increasingly suggested as a desirable, even required, characteristic for professionals, but what is it? Vetlife Helpline Manager, Rosie explores what this means.

Oct
09

What should you consider when buying a puppy?

Posted on October 09, 2018 by Andrew Gillon

Deciding to buy a puppy is a huge decision and the process of finding the right puppy for you can be complicated, however it is important to take your time and consider everything involved in owning a dog.

Sep
28

Consideration of behavioural opportunity in farm animal welfare standards

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Laura Higham

To drive positive outcomes for all aspects of animal welfare, Laura Higham, outlines why she believes that vets and consumers should support the assurance schemes that facilitate behavioural opportunity for all species, and help to provide a “good life” for animals.

Sep
21

BVA Members’ Day – Celebrating the profession

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Tara Schwenk

BVA Members’ Day provides an opportunity to celebrate our profession and be inspired by the achievements of our members. Digital Content Editor, Tara Schwenk, shares her highlights.

Sep
18

Winners of the BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year 2018 announced

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Tara Schwenk

We received over 500 entries that showcased the life of our members, including their professional successes and bond with patients. Here we announce the winners of the BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition!

Sep
12

What is the disease risk from imported dogs?

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Many pet owners have written in over the past few days to share concerns regarding our advice against importing stray dogs from abroad, here we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we have been posed regarding disease risk.

Sep
10

Quality of life isn’t just about death

Posted on September 10, 2018 by James Yeates

Quality of life (QOL) is a hot topic for veterinary practice. Discussions began early this century, adapting and adopting ideas from human medicine. It is a way to help us make clinical decisions, to evaluate societal management practices, and to test novel therapies.

Sep
07

Trojan dogs – do you know the risks of rehoming a stray dog from abroad?

Posted on September 07, 2018 by Professor The Lord Trees

Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and a Crossbench member of the House of Lords, Professor Sandy Trees, explores why the veterinary profession is concerned about the risks associated with rehoming stray dogs from abroad and why BVA is encouraging those considering rehoming dogs to rehome from within the existing UK population.

Sep
05

Agriculture after Brexit… where next for Northern Ireland?

Posted on September 05, 2018 by Michael Mcgilligan

DAERA has published a new Consultation paper on the future of agricultural support post Brexit. There is now an opportunity for vets to engage and influence the final detailed policy. BVA will be responding to the consultation and need to hear from members interested in the future of agriculture in Northern Ireland.

Sep
05

Taking up the challenge of antimicrobial usage targets in Northern Ireland

Posted on September 05, 2018 by Aurelie Moralis

Government and industry partners in Northern Ireland have banded together to develop the STAMP project to help meet the UK national targets for farm animal antimicrobial usage. BVA NI Branch Junior Vice President Aurelie Moralis explores this great opportunity for the veterinary profession to ensure appropriate use of antibiotics.

Sep
03

#ChooseAssured - From farm yard to farm assurance

Posted on September 03, 2018 by Janet Blikmans

Janet worked as a farm vet for 15 years before moving to Soil Association Certification. She talks about changing career, the skills from her veterinary career that she still uses and what is involved in certification at Soil Association Certification.

Aug
28

#ChooseAssured – What is lifetime assurance?

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

As part of BVA’s #ChooseAssured campaign, BVA is highlighting the importance of farm assurance schemes providing lifetime assurance for animals from farm to fork. When we launched the scheme in July there were questions from members and media about what we meant by lifetime assurance. 

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.