News Releases

Sep
21

New BVA President highlights importance of “working together”

Senior Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) John Fishwick was today announced as President for 2017/2018 at the annual BVA Members’ Day in Belfast.

Sep
21

In big change, small acts are more important than ever, says President in outgoing speech

Ensuring a strong, united veterinary voice is heard where it matters most was the key message delivered by President Gudrun Ravetz in her outgoing speech at Members’ Day.

Sep
21

Veterinary consultant Simon Doherty named Junior Vice President

Simon Doherty, veterinary consultant and Animal Science & Aquaculture Specialist to the UK Government Department for International Trade (DIT), has been elected Junior Vice President.

Sep
21

BVA scientific award recognises “untiring efforts” of Professor David Morton CBE

Professor David Morton CBE has been recognised for his outstanding work with the BVA's most prestigious scientific award.

Sep
21

Mixed animal vet Ruth Layton given award for her work championing farm animal welfare

Ruth Layton was today (21 September) announced as the recipient of the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) prestigious Chiron Award, in recognition of the distinctive contributions and achievements Ruth has made driving progress in farm animal welfare within the supply chains of some of the world’s most influential food brands.

Sep
21

Dogs Trust Executive receives BVA Award for contributions in the developing world

Dr Karen Reed was announced as the winner of the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Trevor Blackburn Award in recognition of her multiple outstanding contributions to animal health, animal welfare and community livelihood support in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.

Sep
21

Cambridge Veterinary School student receives prestigious scholarship for research in Ethiopia

Cambridge Veterinary School student Sara Robson was announced as the recipient of the Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship 2017 during an awards ceremony at the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Members’ Day in Belfast today (21 September).

Sep
21

Shropshire farm vet receives the John Bleby Cup

Shropshire vet Ally Anderson was today (21 September) announced as the winner of this year’s John Bleby Cup, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the British Veterinary Association (BVA) Council.

Sep
21

BVA Overseas travel grants support veterinary students’ research in Ethiopia and the Philippines

Final-year veterinary students Dominic Clarke and Sara Robson were announced as recipients of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) Overseas travel grants during an awards ceremony at the BVA Members’ Day in Belfast today (21 September).

Sep
15

Storm Aileen: vets highlight flood risk to livestock welfare

Vets offer livestock owners advice in the wake of Storm Aileen

Sep
11

Welcome TB measures offset by lack of clarity within new cull licences

BVA responds to new measures, announced as part of the Government's strategy to eradicate bTB in England.

Sep
09

Grave concern over rise in animals killed without stunning, say vets

BVA responds to the latest Food Standards Agency animal welfare survey of slaughterhouses.

Sep
08

TB review is vital to maintaining Scotland’s Officially Tuberculosis Free status

BVA Scottish President responds to Scottish government consultation on TB

Sep
07

CCTV in Scottish slaughterhouses one step closer as Government announces raft of welfare measures

Scottish Government has announced that it will consult on compulsory CCTV in abattoirs in another major win for animal welfare in the UK, following years of campaigning by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Veterinary Public Health Association.

Sep
06

Dog breeding defects emerge as top concern for vets

Vets are calling on prospective dog owners this Puppy Awareness Week to think twice before buying a puppy, after breeding and hereditary defects came out as vets’ top animal health and welfare concerns in BVA's latest Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey

Sep
01

Camera-savvy vets wow judges as BVA Veterinary photographer of the year announced

After a tough contest, vets Mandy Knight and Jen Rowland have been named winners of the second annual BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition

Aug
29

BVA Senior Vice President wins international animal welfare award

BVA Senior Vice President is awarded Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe at the 33rd World Veterinary Congress.

Aug
25

Vets raise concern over sheep anthelmintic reclassification

BVA and Sheep Veterinary Society have expressed concern following the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's reclassification of a sheep anthelmintic from POM-V to POM-VPS

Aug
23

Bad science: exposing media scaremongering, quacks and charlatans at BVA Congress 2017  

BVA announces internationally renowned author Dr Ben Goldacre as keynote speaker for this year's Wooldridge Memorial Lecture at BVA Congress, London Vet Show.

Aug
22

BVA reiterates calls for Assembly to introduce mandatory CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses

The British Veterinary Association has written to Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, to offer congratulations on the third Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework (AHWF) Implementation Plan for 2017/18 and call on Wales to consider introducing mandatory CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses.

Aug
18

‘Not giving food-scraps to pigs is more important than ever’, say vets as African Swine Fever risk is raised

BVA and PVS offer advice to pig keepers following an increase in the UK's risk level of African Swine Fever.

Aug
17

New paper calls on profession to routinely prescribe analgesia alongside local anaesthesia to manage pain in calves

Calves should be routinely provided with appropriate analgesia alongside local anaesthesia to effectively manage pain during necessary veterinary and husbandry procedures, BVA and the British Cattle Veterinary Association have stated in a joint position paper.

Aug
15

Human, not animal, behaviour to take centre stage at BVA Congress 2017

BVA Congress, held at London Vet Show (16 – 17 November), will this year look at new ways of tackling familiar issues with a focus on human behaviour, with Congress debates featuring a line-up of experts digging deep behind the headlines and sharing statistics to provide new insights into well-known problems.

Aug
11

Announcement on mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses ‘a huge win for animal welfare'

The Government’s plan to introduce mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses in England and full and unrestricted 24/7 access to CCTV footage for OVs is a huge win for animal health and welfare, following years of campaigning by the British Veterinary Association and Veterinary Public Health Association

Aug
08

Cats need all nine lives, as vets treat shocking levels of injuries

BVA's Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey shows that 90% of vets in the UK have treated cats for injuries caused by road traffic accidents, falling from a height and walking on hot surfaces

Jul
31

EU-backed veterinary hub will offer ‘innumerable benefits’

BVA Welsh Branch President Sarah Carr comments on new EU funding for the RVC/Aberystwyth veterinary hub.

Jul
28

BVA says further evidence needed before changes made in antibiotic prescribing

BVA responds to BMJ article questioning validity of currently accepted antibiotic prescription guidelines, and cautions vets against any changes until there is further evidence

Jul
27

Scotland’s BSE safe level is great success for animal health

BVA Scottish Branch President Melissa Donald comments on the landmark news that Scotland has achieved the safest level available for BSE.

Jul
26

Lords report champions vets’ role in post Brexit animal welfare

Following BVA's evidence to the Lords EU Committee earlier this year, BVA President Gudrun Ravetz comments on the Committee's resulting report 'Brexit: farm animal welfare'.

Jul
21

Brexit farm subsidies need greater focus on animal health and welfare

BVA responds to the Environment Secretary's speech, calling for a greater focus on animal health and welfare as the Government develops its plans to replace CAP

Jul
20

Potential new UK vet school an interesting development, says British Veterinary Association

BVA President responds to the news of Keele and Harper Adams' Universities Memorandum of Understanding exploring a new veterinary school.

Jul
19

Defra TB update: vets welcome measures, but important questions remain unanswered

BVA, alongside the British Veterinary Zoological Society and the Association of Government Veterinarians, respond to Defra's update on the Government's 25-year TB eradication strategy.

Jul
10

Vets offer advice after distressing video of Jodie Marsh giving her bulldog CPR goes viral

Celebrity dog owner Jodie Marsh has posted a video of her giving CPR to her bulldog Louie after he collapsed. The video has been viewed on Facebook over 4 million times.

Jul
07

Vet warning for pets as summer heat returns

Vets warn pet owners to take extra care of their pets after almost half of UK vets reported seeing animals affected by heat-related conditions last summer

Jul
07

Animal Welfare Foundation seeks trustees to join its Board

The Animal Welfare Foundation has opened applications and is looking to recruit as many as three trustees to join its Board

Jul
05

Vet Futures: full steam ahead during first year of action phase

One year on from the Vet Futures Summit, and excellent progress has been made on key actions that are putting the veterinary profession in charge of its future

Jul
05

Share your views with BVA and help us be a strong voice on surveillance

BVA is calling on all vets who use veterinary scanning surveillance networks in England and Wales to complete our new survey and help ensure the networks are able to fully protect animals in the UK.

Jul
04

MPs briefed that Brexit can only succeed utilising veterinary expertise

BVA and RCVS held a joint parliamentary briefing for Peers, re-elected and new MPs to highlight the importance of the veterinary voice in Brexit negotiations.

Jul
01

The cost of buying veterinary medicines

BVA President Gudrun Ravetz responds to recent queries about the comparative cost of buying veterinary medicines either from a vet or online.

Jun
27

Announcement: BVA Northern Ireland Branch President ‘will be greatly missed’

BVA President Gudrun Ravetz regrets to inform members that BVA Northern Ireland Branch President Jean Wales has passed away.

Jun
23

British Veterinary Association calls for clarity over ‘settled status’ for EU vets in UK

BVA responds to the Prime Minister's proposals for EU nationals - one year on from the UK's EU Referendum.

Jun
23

Reintroduction of tail docking retrograde step for animal welfare in Scotland

BVA Scottish Branch President responds to the Scottish Government's decision to reintroduce tail docking for working dogs

Jun
20

New TB plan for Wales welcome, but vets urge caution over trap and test badger measures

BVA responds to the Welsh Government's announcement of a new Wales TB Eradication Programme Delivery Plan, which introduces a regionalised approach to bovine TB eradication and targeted culling of test-positive badgers.

Jun
20

BVA calls on aspiring shutterbugs to submit entries for photography competition

BVA launches its second photography competition and is inviting members to submit entries in the run up to World Photography Day on August 19.

Jun
14

New President take the reins of BVA Welsh Branch

BVA Welsh Branch elects new President Sarah Carr to serve two-year term

Jun
14

BVA President probes impact of Brexit on animal health and welfare in Wales

The BVA President addresses over 70 guests, including Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, at BVA's annual Welsh Dinner in Cardiff City Hall.

Jun
13

Scotland on verge of retrograde step for animal welfare as Committee votes to reverse tail docking ban

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has voted to amend tail docking legislation in Scotland.

Jun
09

Last chance to prevent legalising painful procedure for Scotland’s dogs

BVA and the Dogs Trust are calling on MSPs to reject the reintroduction of tail docking in Scotland ahead of their vote on the proposals next Tuesday.

Jun
08

Top vet dog-tired of pug health problems, highlights BBC Radio 4 Today

Celebrities, advertisers and the public must stop normalising flat-faced dogs’ health problems for the sake of animal welfare, said British Veterinary Association (BVA) President Gudrun Ravetz this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today.

May
26

Ensuring best practice across all species – prescribing antibiotics in gamebirds

BVA, along with the BVPA, have given their support to a new best practice procedure for prescribing antibiotics to game birds.

May
26

TB reduction in Wales shows importance of using range of measures, says BVA

BVA today welcomed the report from the Welsh Government showing a 35% reduction in new incidence of TB in the Intensive Action Area (IAA).

May
26

New Bluetongue risk assessment: BVA urges close working at local level

Today Defra published an assessment highlighting a currently low risk of Bluetongue (BTV) incursion, following a number of reported cases of BTV-8 in cattle in northern France.

May
26

BVA welcomes approval of Scotland and Northern Ireland at safest level of BSE

BVA welcomes the OIE's approval of BSE negligible risk status in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

May
25

General Election manifestos: BVA lobbying secures wins for animal health and welfare

As Election campaigning continues to build momentum, BVA highlights the animal health and welfare 'wins' in each of the main political parties manifestos

May
23

General election 2017: veterinary issues and politics

We've collated a snapshot of key commitments from the main parties’ manifestos affecting animal health and welfare issues and other issues of interest to the veterinary profession.

May
17

Strong veterinary workforce vital for the future of Scotland’s animal and human health

BVA President Gudrun Ravetz called for parliamentarians and policymakers to recognise the unique role and responsibility that vets play in order to secure the best health and welfare outcomes for Scotland’s animals and wider public, during her speech at BVA’s annual Scottish Dinner on Tuesday 16 May.

May
17

British Veterinary Association announces new Scottish Branch President

RCVS Council member Melissa Donald has been elected as President for BVA Scottish Branch at its AGM, held at Edinburgh’s Saughton House on 16 May.

May
11

New welfare measures a “mixed bag” for Scotland’s animals

BVA responds to today's Scottish Government announcement about a wide-ranging package of measures designed to improve animal welfare

May
09

Long hours, tough terrain but rural vets “still love the job”

With media reports about the difficulties of recruiting young vets to rural practices and new figures from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) showing 75% of large/production animal vets regularly work out-of-hours, BVA is working with Subaru and vet Ashley Rubens to document the challenges of working life in rural practice.

May
08

World-leading food safety specialist to speak at BVA Members’ Day 2017

Vets and scientists’ crucial role in tackling food fraud, food safety and food security will be one of the key messages from Professor Chris Elliott’s keynote speech at this year’s BVA Members’ Day in Belfast on 21 September.

May
04

Vets are vital to deliver UK’s post-Brexit vision for animal health and welfare

Vets are vital to achieving the UK Government’s post-Brexit vision for high animal welfare and food safety standards, says the BVA as it today launches a report setting out its key recommendations for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

Apr
28

One Health poster shortlisted for Antibiotic Guardian award

A ‘One Health’ initiative, led by BVA, to promote ways of reducing the risk of antimicrobial resistance in animals and humans has been shortlisted for the Antibiotic Guardian Award 2017.

Apr
25

A childhood love of animals prompted many vets to choose the profession before starting secondary school

Almost half of vets (46%) working in the UK today had resolved to become a vet while they were still at primary school, according to new figures released the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to celebrate World Veterinary Day this Saturday (29 April).

Apr
18

BVA announces new Board Chairman

BVA is pleased to announce Philip Lowndes MRCVS as its new Board Chairman.

Apr
10

Vets report rise in Easter chocolate poisoning

Dog owners are being warned to keep chocolate treats away from their pets this Easter as new figures from BVA reveal two in three vets treated at least one case of chocolate poisoning last Easter.

Apr
07

What’s up Doc?

New findings reveal that the answer to Bugs Bunny's well-known catchphrase "What's up Doc?" might have been "Stop eating the carrot!" as 85% of vets have serious concerns about rabbits' health due to the wrong food, according to a BVA survey.

Apr
04

Keep microchip database details up to date, before it’s too late

Two in five (44%) vets cannot reunite stray dogs with their owners due to incorrect information on the microchip database reveals the British Veterinary Association one year on from the introduction of compulsory microchipping for dogs in England, Scotland and Wales (6 April 2016).

Mar
31

Are we killing our pets with kindness?

Recognising when a pet is overweight is the top issue vets and vet nurses wish UK pet owners knew about their animals, according to new findings released for National Pet Month (April).

Mar
24

Comic Relief t-shirts: flat-faced dogs, no laughing matter

Comic Relief has apologised over the use of a brachycephalic breed in its campaign merchandise this year, following a letter sent by BVA.

Mar
16

Anthelmintic reclassification causes concern for vets

BVA has expressed concern following the announcement by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) regarding the reclassification of Zolvix, an anthelmintic for sheep, from POM-V to a POM-VPS.

Mar
13

Brachycephalic health concerns: BVA letter to The Times

Responding to The Times's report on brachycephalic breeds' health problems, BVA President writes a letter to the editor emphasising the issue as a top welfare concern for BVA members

Mar
10

Making a point on throwing sticks for dogs

BVA's latest survey shows three in four vets see dogs injured by stick throwing antics

Mar
08

BVA respond to confirmed cases of Bovine TB in dogs in UK

Following the media coverage on the case of fox hounds at a Buckinghamshire kennels contracting bovine TB, BVA have issued a statement.

Mar
02

LA-MRSA low risk outcome welcomed by leading vets

The results of the Food Standards Association (FSA) risk assessment on MRSA and LA-MRSA showing a low risk of transmission to UK consumers has been welcomed by BVA.

Feb
24

BVA welcomes progress on BSE negligible risk status in Northern Ireland and Scotland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA Northern Ireland and Scottish branches have welcomed progress on achieving BSE negligible risk status in both countries following a DAERA announcement that the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) Scientific Commission has recommended that Northern Ireland be recognised as an area having negligible risk for BSE and reports in the Scottish press that BSE regulations ‘might be lifted in coming months’.

Feb
24

Vets urge Northern Ireland Assembly candidates to maintain all-island approach to tackling animal disease post-Brexit

With campaigning for next month’s election (2 March) in full swing, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA Northern Ireland Branch have launched a manifesto urging incoming parliamentarians to ensure that the impact of the UK’s EU referendum does not have a detrimental effect on the All-island Animal Health and Welfare Strategy, particularly essential partnership working and plans like the all-island approach to tackling disease.

Feb
14

Robust disease surveillance network more vital than ever, say leading vets

With precautions against Avian Influenza further strengthened last week and reports of Schmallenberg Virus cases across the country, the anniversary of the devastating 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak (19 February) offers a timely reminder that a robust surveillance system is vital to the health of UK livestock says the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Feb
13

Give hugs, not pugs this Valentine’s Day

BVA is asking romantics to give hugs, not pugs to loved ones this Valentine’s Day, after cards and Valentine’s merchandise with pictures of the controversial breed have been found covering shelves in shops throughout the UK.

Feb
09

Updated Avian Influenza biosecurity measures are “sensible and proportionate” says leading veterinary organisations

BVA and BVPA's response to the government’s plans, announced on 8 February, to update the temporary measures currently in place until 28 February to contain the spread of Avian Influenza in England.

Feb
09

BVA and BVNA launch campaign in support of “team vet”

BVA and BVNA’s new campaign encourages everyone within the veterinary family, the general public and governments across the UK to show their support for the veterinary team

Feb
08

Vets vital to post-Brexit success, says BVA President at BVA's London Dinner

At BVA's annual London Dinner, the BVA President says that recognising and retaining the vital roles of vets play across animal health, animal welfare and public health is pivotal to securing successful outcomes from Brexit

Feb
02

New puppy legislation a step in right direction, but must be fully resourced, say leading vets

Defra announces new legislation around animal establishment licensing in England, following consultation with BVA, BSAVA, BVZS and other stakeholders

Feb
02

UPDATED BVA, BVA Branches and BVPA respond to confirmation of Avian Influenza

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed today (22 December) a finding of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 in a wild duck, in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

Feb
01

BVA and BMJ appoint new editor for Veterinary Record

Award-winning health journalist Adele Waters has been appointed as the new editor of BVA's journals

Jan
29

BVA voices support for international veterinary family following reports of vet prevented from flying to the US

Following reports that Dr Hamaseh Tayari, who holds an Iranian passport, was prevented from flying to the US under President Donald Trump's executive order barring people from several Muslim countries, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has voiced support for vets across the globe regardless of where they come from.

Jan
26

DAERA vet elected new President for BVA Northern Ireland Branch

The Northern Ireland Branch of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has elected Jean Wales as its new President at its AGM, which was held at The Seagoe Hotel, Portadown on 25 January.

Jan
25

“Give the regions a strong voice – vote today” says BVA president as elections open

As elections for a number of the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) regional representatives open (23 January), BVA President Gudrun Ravetz called on the Association's 16,000-plus members to make their vote count and ensure that there are strong voices on BVA Council representing the views of vets working in all regions of the UK.

Jan
19

BVA responds to Prime Minister’s Brexit speech

The Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined her plans for the UK’s exit from the European Union in a major speech this week.

Jan
10

Vets urge “keep backyard flocks safe”, as more Avian Flu cases confirmed

BVA and BVPA encourage keepers of small flocks of poultry to read and act on Defra’s news Avian Flu factsheet, which provides helpful advice on protecting kept birds

Jan
04

Snow flurries no fun for small furries warn vets

As temperatures start to drop, vets are warning owners not to forget about small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs that usually live outdoors yet are vulnerable to the cold and damp despite their furry coats.

Jan
04

Vets encourage vigilance as avian flu found in backyard flock

As a new case of avian flu is announced in a backyard flock in Wales, BVA and BVPA encourage all poultry keepers to heed the UK governments’ housing requirements and ensure the highest levels of biosecurity.