News Releases

Oct
14

Vets pleased to see animal sentience back on Government’s agenda in Queen’s Speech

We have welcomed proposals set out in the Queen's Speech that would see animal sentience finally being embedded in UK legislation.

Oct
14

AWF invites applications for student animal welfare research grants

The Animal Welfare Foundation is inviting applications for the 2019 AWF Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare

Oct
11

BVA responds to Downs Study on badger culling

We have responded to a study by Downs et al assessing the effects from four years of badger culling in England on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle.

Oct
10

Fireworks season sparks vet calls for pet safety

With the fireworks season fast approaching, vets are encouraging pet owners and animal keepers to start preparing now to prevent possible injury and distress to their pets and livestock during traditional dates such as Bonfire Night, Diwali or New Year’s Eve

Oct
09

Vets put high welfare veal back on the table to help reduce surplus male production animals

Our new joint position says that putting high welfare, UK veal and goat’s meat back onto the table could help reduce the regular killing of unwanted male animals on farms.

Oct
04

BVA joins leading veterinary figures in green initiative

BVA's Senior Vice President, Simon Doherty has joined 14 leading veterinary figures from across the UK as part of a new green initiative, aimed to inspire sustainable actions and principles across the profession.

Oct
01

BVA responds to Wales puppy farming investigation

Our President Daniella Dos Santos responds to BBC Wales Investigates’ report highlighting the scale and impact of the puppy farming trade in Wales

Sep
30

Leading animal welfare charity to spotlight pet obesity at BVNA Congress Fringe

University of Liverpool professor Alex German and veterinary nurse Josephine Oakden will be debating ways to understand and tackle the pet obesity crisis in a BVNA Congress Fringe session chaired by the Animal Welfare Foundation.

Sep
24

Recommend The Kitten Checklist to help clients pick out their purr-fect pet

We along with animal welfare groups are urging vets to support The Kitten Checklist by recommending it to clients and breeders

Sep
23

BVA welcomes refreshed RUMA Targets Task Force

We welcome the establishment of a refreshed task force by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance to start defining new antibiotic reduction goals in farm livestock post-2020

Sep
23

More students are just one piece of the puzzle to solve veterinary workforce shortages

Training more vets alone will not be enough to address workforce issues, says the British Veterinary Association. Instead a holistic, long term approach to veterinary education is needed to ensure that the workforce remains resilient and can meet future demand in the areas of animal health and welfare and public health.

Sep
20

Vets join calls for no-deal Brexit to be taken off the table

BVA is calling for no-deal Brexit to be taken off the negotiating table following detailed analysis of the potential impact on animal health and welfare.

Sep
20

Misty landscape and Nepalese street scene take top spots in BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition

Two companion animal vets have wowed judges and secured first place in their respective categories for the fourth annual BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition. The 2019 contest saw over 400 applications from vets from across the profession with an interest in and passion for photography.

Sep
19

New BVA President champions diversity within veterinary profession

Exotics and companion animal vet Daniella Dos Santos was elected BVA President for 2019/2020 at our annual Members’ Day in Swansea today

Sep
19

Staffordshire vet named BVA Junior Vice President

Staffordshire-based veterinary consultant James Russell has been appointed BVA Junior Vice President for 2019/2020

Sep
19

Vets will strive to protect animal and public health and welfare in challenging times ahead, says outgoing BVA President

BVA President Simon Doherty reflected on a ‘rollercoaster ride of hard work and highlights’ in a year dominated by Brexit as he made his outgoing speech at BVA Members’ Day in Swansea today (19 September).

Sep
19

South Lanarkshire vet becomes tenth recipient of prestigious veterinary accolade

South Lanarkshire vet Emma Callaghan was today announced as the winner of this year’s Bleby Cup, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to our Council

Sep
18

Eminent vet and animal health and welfare champion receives the BVA Chiron Award

Distinguished vet, parasitologist and founder trustee of Rabies in Asia Foundation, Professor Abdul Rahman was today announced as the recipient of the BVA's prestigious Chiron Award.

Sep
18

Prestigious scientific cup and medal awarded to Professor David Noakes

Professor David Noakes has been awarded the BVA's most esteemed scientific award at BVA Members’ Day in Swansea, Wales.

Sep
18

BVA Overseas travel grants support veterinary students’ research in Malawi, Kenya, Cambodia and Sri Lanka

Veterinary students Julia Rose Dahm, Emily Freeman, Kate Toland and Bishani Wickrama were announced as recipients of BVA Overseas travel grants during an awards ceremony at our 2019 Members' Day in Swansea.

Sep
18

Surrey vet receives prestigious scholarship for AMR research

Surrey vet Lydia Hudson has been announced as the recipient of the Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship for 2019 during an awards ceremony at the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Members’ Day in Swansea.

Sep
13

BVA welcomes plan for under care and 24/7 cover guidance review

BVA has today welcomed outline plans for a wide-ranging review of guidance on the concept of ‘under care’ and out-of-hours cover in the veterinary profession.

Sep
12

BVA responds to concerns around supply of veterinary medicines in a ‘No Deal’ scenario

BVA has today (12 September 2019) responded to concerns around supply of veterinary medicines in a ‘No Deal’ Brexit scenario after the government published its Operation Yellowhammer: No-deal contingency planning paper yesterday.

Sep
12

Vets welcome new actions to improve pig welfare

BVA and PVS have responded to several updates to the Code of Practice to the Welfare of Pigs, announced this week (9 September) to further improve pig welfare standards in England.

Sep
06

BVA and RCVS to co-host 2020 FVE General Assembly in London

We will be co-hosting the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe General Assembly with RCVS in June 2020.

Sep
04

Actions for animal welfare in Scottish Government programme, welcomed by vets

The BVA has today welcomed several key commitments to animal welfare, laid out by the Scottish Government in a programme of action for the coming years.

Aug
30

Vets welcome Labour Party’s renewed calls to enshrine animal sentience in law

We have welcomed the Labour Party’s renewed drive for animal sentience to be embedded in legislation.

Aug
23

Keep corn on the cob away from your dog, urge vets

We are advising anyone having a barbecue this summer to keep corn cobs and discarded kebab skewers away from inquisitive pets to avoid serious and potentially fatal injuries, after survey results showed that a quarter of companion animal vets had treated pets for injuries caused by barbecues last summer.

Aug
20

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist to deliver keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day

Professor Abdul Rahman, an eminent vet, parasitologist and founder trustee of Rabies in Asia, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at our 2019 Members’ Day on 19 September.

Aug
16

Wildlife photo experts join judges in finding 2019’s best veterinary shutterbug

Zoologist and wildlife photographer, Victoria Hillman and Guardian Picture Editor, Eric Hilaire are set to join an expert panel of judges for this year’s British Veterinary Association (BVA) Veterinary Photographer of the Year Award.

Aug
13

Rise in toxic blue green algae cases prompts vet warning

There has been an increase in reports of toxic blue green algae in several locations across the UK this summer. We are advising pet owners to take extra precautions while walking their dogs in the vicinity of affected water bodies

Aug
13

BVA encourages vets to discuss electric containment fences with clients to improve animal welfare

We are encouraging vets to speak to their livestock and equine clients about containment fences, helping them to ensure they’re always used responsibly and safely. The BVA position on the use of electric containment fences in livestock and horses, launched this week, recognises that containment fences are currently a necessary option for many clients but makes several recommendations on how to limit their potential harm to animals and humans.

Aug
01

Vets welcome parliamentary inquiry into puppy smuggling

BVA has welcomed the launch of the EFRA committee inquiry into puppy smuggling, which will consult on tougher controls on pet imports, the impact of Lucy’s Law, and whether the UK’s demand for puppies can be met through domestic breeding

Jul
25

Sentience and veterinary workforce must top Theresa Villiers’ to-do list, say vets

BVA has welcomed Theresa Villiers’ appointment as new Defra Secretary of State and is seeking an early meeting with her to brief her on some of the most pressing animal health and welfare and public issues she needs to tackle

Jul
25

Vets’ reinstatement to Shortage Occupation List a resounding win for the profession, says BVA

BVA has today hailed the Home Office’s announcement accepting the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation for vets to be reinstated on the Shortage Occupation List as a “huge win for animal welfare and a resounding vote of confidence in the veterinary community”

Jul
25

Spare a thought for small furries as temperatures reach new heights

As the UK prepares itself for ‘the hottest July day ever’, vets are reminding owners to protect small furries from soaring temperatures by keeping them away from direct sunlight and with plenty of fresh water.

Jul
24

BVA welcomes Welsh Government plan to address antimicrobial resistance

BVA has welcomed the collaborative, One Health principle underpinning Wales’ new five-year implementation plan to address antimicrobial resistance in animals and the environment.

Jul
19

Majority of farm animal vets report being injured at work, BVA survey finds

BVA is urging vets, veterinary employers and farmers to take action to minimise farm health and safety risks, as survey findings released during Farm Safety Week (15-19 July) reveal that more than 6 in 10 vets working with production animals on farms suffered injuries in a 12-month snapshot reported last year

Jul
17

Vets and animal welfare experts encouraged to apply for vet-led charity’s trustee roles

The Animal Welfare Foundation is looking for three new trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve the welfare of animals through veterinary science, education and debate

Jul
16

Call for top pics as BVA launches 2019 Veterinary photographer of the year competition

Budding snappers from across the veterinary community are being invited to send in their best pictures as BVA launches its fourth annual photography competition.

Jul
12

NI vets applaud swift action as African Swine Fever DNA detected in animal products brought back in luggage

BVA has welcomed the quick response from government vets and inspectors who detected traces of African Swine Fever DNA in animal products brought into Northern Ireland airports in passenger luggage.

Jul
12

Expert speakers to go ‘behind the headlines’ at BVA Congress

An exciting range of veterinary scientists and experts will take to the stage at this year’s BVA Congress at the London Vet Show to go behind the headlines on some of the veterinary profession’s biggest challenges and most talked about issues.

Jul
11

#Timeforchange: BVA launches ‘Big Conversation’ as report shows a quarter of vets have experienced or witnessed discrimination this year

Ground-breaking data gathered by BVA have revealed that 24% of working vets and vet students have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the past year.

Jul
10

Expert judging panel announced for BVA’s Young Vet of the Year Award

BVA has today announced an expert panel of judges for its BVA Young Vet of the Year Award – a new accolade aimed at vets at an early stage in their careers who are making a big difference in their field or community.

Jul
03

Vets issue handy checklist for bug-free summer travels abroad with your pet

As holidaymakers across the UK start preparations for summer getaways, the British BVA is urging jet-setting pet owners to take steps now to make sure their pets don’t pick up worms, ticks and other parasites on holidays abroad

Jun
26

New President for BVA Welsh Branch

BVA Welsh Branch has elected Ifan Lloyd as its new President at its AGM, held at Cardiff City Hall on 25 June 2019.

Jun
26

Collaboration is key for vets in Wales in unpredictable times ahead, says BVA

BVA President Simon Doherty has hailed the joint working that is helping the Welsh veterinary workforce to continue supporting high animal health and welfare outcomes in after Brexit and beyond.

Jun
24

Pioneering scientist with ‘unique window’ into minds of animals to headline BVA Congress

The pioneering American animal welfare scientist, bestselling author and autism spokesperson Dr Temple Grandin will share her unique insights into animal welfare within livestock handling facilities and the benefits of good stockmanship at the 52nd Wooldridge Memorial Lecture at BVA Congress during this year’s London Vet Show

Jun
21

BVA welcomes Scottish funding for Official Veterinarians

BVA has warmly welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that they plan to fund training for new Official Veterinarians (OVs) covering Essential Skills, Statutory Surveillance, and Tuberculosis Testing. They will also fund revalidation of Essential Skills and continue funding Tuberculosis Testing for existing OVs.

Jun
21

BVA seeks clarity on RCVS pledge to review guidance on telemedicine and remote prescribing

We've written to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to request clarification on their telemedicine review.

Jun
13

US professor urges UK not to dilute animal welfare standards in post-Brexit trade deals

An eminent American professor of large animal medicine has warned the UK not to dilute its high animal welfare standards for future trade deals with the US

Jun
07

Vets commend Love Island star for raising awareness of flat-faced dogs’ breathing issues

BVA has commended model and 2016 Love Island runner-up Olivia Bowen Buckland for her social media posts urging prospective dog owners to do their research before getting a puppy, after her French bulldog Reggie had to undergo surgery to help him breathe more easily.

Jun
03

Vets issue hot weather warning as temperatures soar

As temperatures soar across the UK, the BVA is warning pet owners to take extra care of their pets after almost two-thirds of vets reported treating animals being affected by heat-related conditions during last summer’s record-breaking heat

May
31

Not a healthy bunny? Vets offer guidance on how to keep your rabbits in tip-top condition

Estimated as the third most popular pet in the UK, rabbits’ needs are still grossly misunderstood. Sometimes referred to as the ‘forgotten pet’, a recent survey of vets in the UK shows that 73 per cent had seen pet rabbits who were not having all of their welfare needs met.

May
29

BVA hails MAC’s recommendation for vets to be reinstated on the Shortage Occupation List

We have today hailed the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation for vets to be reinstated on the Shortage Occupation List as a “huge win for animal welfare and a resounding vote of confidence in the veterinary community”.

May
28

BVA supports new career pathways for veterinary nurses

BVA's vision for effective teamwork between vets and allied professionals reiterates the value of Registered Veterinary Nurses and supports an expansion of their role within the vet-led team

May
28

BVA calls for ‘hub and spoke’ model for integrated animal care

In response to the rapid changes in the veterinary environment, BVA has launched a vision for effective teamwork between vets and allied professionals with the aim of improving animal health, animal welfare and public health

May
22

Moray vet elected British Veterinary Association Scottish Branch President

Vet Kathleen Robertson has been elected as President of BVA's Scottish Branch

May
22

Scottish veterinary community must work together in challenging times ahead, says BVA President

BVA President Simon Doherty hailed the reach and influence of Scottish vets and said that the profession must work together to navigate the unpredictable times ahead in his speech at BVA’s annual Scottish Dinner.

May
17

BVA welcomes One Health emphasis in Northern Ireland’s new AMR action plan

BVA has welcomed Northern Ireland’s One Health approach towards fighting antimicrobial resistance in its new five-year action plan

May
15

Call for inspirational young vets to enter new award

BVA has teamed up with Zoetis to launch a new UK wide award celebrating inspirational young vets who are making a difference through their day to day work.

May
10

A One Health approach without ‘culture of blame’ is key to tackling antimicrobial resistance, says BVA

BVA's updated position on responsible antimicrobial use in food-producing animals calls for a One Health approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance

May
03

Heatwave sparks dogs in hot cars calls as reports hit three-year high

BVA has teamed up with a coalition of rescue and rehoming charities and welfare organisations to launch this year's Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign

May
01

BVA welcomes ban on wild animals in travelling circuses

BVA has warmly welcomed the announcement that the use of wild animals in travelling circuses will be banned in England from January 2020.

Apr
18

Two more BVA Welsh Branch members appointed to influential animal welfare group

Two members of BVA Welsh Branch have been appointed to the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group.

Apr
17

‘Anti-vax’ sentiment creeping into pet care, warn vets

Vets are concerned that scepticism about vaccination is creeping over from human health into pet care as new statistics show that 98% of vets have been questioned by their clients on the need for vaccination.

Apr
17

BVA responds to Rip Off Britain discussion on costs of veterinary medicines

BVA has written a letter to Rip Off Britain to express disappointment at not presenting the full picture behind the reasons for difference in cost of veterinary medicines

Apr
15

Vets are central to the sustainability agenda, says BVA

BVA has highlighted the key role that vets have to play in furthering the sustainable animal agriculture agenda in the UK. In its latest Voice of the Veterinary Profession Survey, 89% of vets said that they would like to play a more active role in this area.

Apr
11

Double-choc that sweet treats are out of reach of pets this Easter

With Easter just around the corner, vets are reminding pet owners to keep chocolate and other sweet treats well out of paws’ reach, as eating even a small amount can be dangerous or even fatal.

Apr
10

BVA welcomes approval of UK listed status application to assure animal and animal product movements in a no-deal Brexit

BVA has welcomed today’s announcement that EU Member States have agreed the UK’s listed status application after it met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country to export live animals and animal products.

Apr
09

BVA welcomes BVD enforcement in Northern Ireland

BVA and BVA Northern Ireland Branch have welcomed the announcement that the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) intends to take enforcement action against herd keepers who breach the testing requirements of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication programme in Northern Ireland.

Apr
09

Experts recommend top questions puppy buyers should ask breeders to avoid heartache

BVA, AWF and RSPCA are encouraging anyone thinking of buying a puppy to always use The Puppy Contract and ask several important questions of the breeder first

Apr
02

Beware of replacing vet visit with “Dr Google”

As National Pet Month begins, the BVA is reminding pet owners not to replace a trip to the vets with non-clinical information they find online.

Apr
02

BVA responds to government update on local anaesthetic shortages

BVA has responded following government moves to address shortages of products containing procaine hydrochloride, a local anaesthetic used widely in veterinary medicine, particularly farm animal medicine.

Mar
22

Vets heap criticism on ITV for lax animal welfare standards on ‘I’m a Celeb’

BVA has sent an open letter to the producers of ITV reality TV series, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here voicing concerns around the welfare of animals used on the show.

Mar
21

BVA responds to latest data on badger control measures in Cumbria bTB hotspot

BVA welcomes Defra data on wildlife controls, in particular bTB surveillance data from the first year of badger control operations in eastern Cumbria

Mar
09

Pet owners flock to vets over post-Brexit pet travel concerns

Continuing uncertainty around Brexit has led to a spike in the number of anxious pet owners visiting their local vet for pet travel guidance in the last three months

Mar
01

Vets urge government to prioritise animal welfare as USA publishes trade deal objectives

BVA has cautioned that standards of animal health and welfare should not be undermined at any cost by a potential UK/USA trade deal. This comes in response to the publication of the USA’s negotiating objectives for a deal.

Feb
14

FSA slaughter survey shows nearly a quarter of non-stun sheep meat is exported

The British Veterinary Association has responded today (14 February) to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) 2018 slaughterhouse survey, which has finally been released following pressure from BVA and others to make the data public.

Feb
12

BVA calls for a comprehensive view of animal welfare during live transport

With an increasing political appetite to make improvements to live animal transport, the UK’s leading veterinary association is urging the government to put welfare at the heart of any decision-making with regards to moving livestock inside and out of the UK.

Feb
11

BVA welcomes plans for free certification training for vets

BVA has warmly welcomed plans to offer free certification training for vets to help meet increased demand for this service in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Feb
08

Animal lovers: Does your Valentine's card show you really care?

BVA is urging lovers who opt for animal cards to show they really care by avoiding cards with designer pets with extreme features

Feb
07

BVA comments on equine flu outbreaks

BVA has issued an update after several confirmed cases of equine influenza since the start of 2019.

Feb
07

New president elected for BVA Northern Ireland Branch and the North of Ireland Veterinary Association

The BVA Northern Ireland Branch and the North of Ireland Veterinary Association have jointly elected Aurelie Moralis as their new President

Feb
06

Joint call to end non-stun slaughter

The RSPCA and BVA have joined forces to call on the UK Government to repeal a legal exemption that permits animals to be slaughtered without pre-stunning, causing unnecessary pain and suffering.

Feb
06

Veterinary community must work together in challenging times ahead, says BVA

BVA President Simon Doherty tonight (Tuesday 5 February) championed the vital and varied work of vets across England, and called for the workforce to pull together to navigate the difficult and unpredictable landscape ahead.

Feb
05

Welfare of farmed animals and captive exotic species on AWF Discussion Forum agenda

The annual AWF Discussion Forum will return this year with an exciting new debate format and expert speakers who will discuss the welfare of UK’s farmed animals and exotic species in captivity

Feb
04

#Timeforchange: BVA launches first survey of discrimination in the veterinary professions

BVA has launched its first ever questionnaire to gather experiences of discrimination in the veterinary professions. BVA is seeking anonymous feedback from vets, vet nurses, students and other veterinary professionals regarding incidents where they have witnessed discrimination or felt discriminated against.

Jan
31

Victory for BVA campaign on revalidation

BVA has warmly welcomed plans for substantial reforms to the training and revalidation system for Official Veterinarians (OVs), after spearheading a campaign to make the process more user-friendly and relevant for the profession across Great Britain.

Jan
28

BVA issues cautious welcome to Government response to dangerous dogs report

BVA President Simon Doherty calls the Government's response to the EFRA committee report on controlling dangerous dogs 'disappointing' in its refusal to ban breed-specific legislation, but welcomes further research into the legislation's effectiveness

Jan
24

BVA welcomes Government’s commitment to a global, One Health approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance

BVA has welcomed the Government’s continued commitment to containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance in animals, humans, the environment, and food chain by 2040 through a global, One Health and evidence-based approach

Jan
17

BVA welcomes new UK animal health surveillance report

BVA has welcomed the latest report by the UK Surveillance Forum (UKSF) on the UK approach to animal health surveillance.

Jan
16

BVA and RCVS call for veterinary surgeons to be restored to the Shortage Occupation List

BVA and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have once again joined forces to make a clear call for veterinary surgeons to be restored to the Shortage Occupation List as part of the UK’s preparations for leaving the European Union.

Jan
16

BVA and BEVA team up to offer special rates on equine CPD

BVA has agreed a partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) that gives its members access to equine courses at special rates.

Jan
15

BVA responds to Brexit vote

BVA has responded to the outcome of the Brexit vote, under which MPs voted by a large majority to reject the proposed Withdrawal Agreement.

Jan
15

French bulldog and Pug puppies top list of most illegally imported breeds, BVA and Dogs Trust findings reveal

Flat-faced dogs and designer crossbreeds are the top puppy breeds vets who suspect illegal import have concerns about, BVA's survey reveals

Jan
09

Scottish legislation for CCTV in abattoirs ‘a huge win for animal welfare’, says BVA

BVA has welcomed the announcement that Scottish legislation is to be brought forward to make CCTV mandatory in all areas of abattoirs where live animals are present.

Jan
08

Belgium’s non-stun slaughter decision shows that a ban is possible in law

BVA has responded as new legislation banning the slaughter of animals without prior stunning comes into effect in parts of Belgium.

Jan
07

BVA welcomes £5million funding to eradicate sheep scab in Wales

BVA has welcomed today’s announcement by Welsh Government that £5million of Rural Development Programme funding will be used to help eradicate sheep scab in Wales.

Jan
02

Vets offer advice to keep pets warm during the cold snap

If it’s cold for you, it’s cold for your pet – that’s the key message from BVA as it urges pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their dogs, cats and other small pets are kept safe from hidden and potentially fatal hazards as temperatures plunge around the UK.