News Releases

Aug
15

Last call for nominations for committee to pick future BVA Presidents

BVA has issued a last call for nominations for one new member to join its Electoral College

Aug
09

BVA calls for post-rabies vaccination waiting times to be extended post-Brexit

BVA has issued 15 recommendations for the UK government to consider in order to strengthen legislation governing commercial and non-commercial pet travel

Aug
09

Syrian beekeeping expert set to create a buzz as keynote speaker at BVA Members’ Day 2018

BVA members will have the opportunity to hear the fascinating insights of Dr Ryad Alsous, beekeeping expert, refugee and founder of the innovative Buzz project, who has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s BVA Members’ Day on 20 September.

Aug
08

BVA seeks committee members to be a voice for the veterinary profession

BVA is inviting applications from 33 motivated and committed members from within and outside the veterinary profession to join BVA Council, various standing committees and devolved Branch Councils

Aug
07

Government must make good on its commitment to embed animal sentience in law pre-Brexit

BVA has responded to the Government's update on animal sentencing and sentience legislation.

Aug
07

The price of cuteness: are cats the latest victims of our thirst for endless novelty?

BVA and International Cat Care are urging cat-lovers to avoid choosing pedigree breeds of cat designed to have extreme or unusual features, such as flat faces or folded ears.

Aug
03

Vet-led animal welfare charity seeks production animal vets for Board

The Animal Welfare Foundation is looking to recruit two trustees with production animal experience

Jul
24

BVA raises welfare concerns for badgers trapped in cages during heatwave

BVA has voiced concerns for the welfare of badgers who may be trapped in cages for long periods of time in cull areas in England.

Jul
20

Vets urge caution after increase in reports of toxic blue green algae

The increase in reports of toxic blue green algae in several locations across the UK this summer is prompting BVA to urge pet owners to take extra precautions while walking their dogs in the vicinity of affected water bodies.

Jul
20

New BVA infographic helps shoppers get savvy on farm assurance schemes

BVA has produced an infographic illustrating the animal welfare credentials of 7 UK farm assurance schemes to help people understand food labels and make informed choices about the food they eat.

Jul
14

Vets celebrate 130 years of historic professional journal

BVA celebrates the 130th anniversary of its official journal Vet Record.

Jul
13

BVA responds to Brexit White Paper

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded today (13 July) to the government’s Brexit White Paper, which sets out a blueprint for the future relationship between the UK and the European Union.

Jul
13

Vet Futures competition: what's inspired you?

To mark two years since the launch of the Vet Futures Action Plan, BVA and RCVS are launching a competition to find the best project of initiative that has been inspired by Vet Futures.

Jul
10

Pet, set, go: Top vets issue handy checklist to get pets ready for summer travel

With the holiday season fast approaching, the BVA is reminding pet owners to start getting their pets travel-ready if they are planning to take them abroad this summer

Jul
03

Welsh Assembly Members join calls to restore vets on Shortage Occupation List

Twenty-nine Welsh Assembly Members (AMs) have signed a letter to Michael Gove outlining their concerns about the feared impact of Brexit on the veterinary workforce in Wales.

Jul
02

Feeling the heat? Don’t forget to protect your pet, warn vets

As temperatures continue to soar, pet owners are being warned to take extra care of their pets in the record-breaking UK heatwave.

Jun
27

Brexit threatens capacity of Welsh veterinary workforce, warns BVA

British Veterinary Association (BVA) President John Fishwick has called for urgent action to guard against a serious shortfall of vets in Wales following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. His call in his speech at BVA’s Annual Welsh Dinner came amid growing concerns about how Brexit may impact on vets working in Wales.

Jun
25

Resist the pester power, vets urge parents as ‘unhelpful’ pug film hits screens

Vets fear that parents may soon be fielding more requests for pet pugs as Disney’s latest film, featuring flat-faced ‘hero’ Patrick hits screens.

Jun
25

Microchipping extension will protect horses as well as the UK food chain

Defra has today announced that the microchipping requirement will be extended to include horses, ponies and donkeys born before 1 July 2009. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the move as an important step forward for horse welfare and the integrity of the UK food chain.

Jun
22

Vets invited to get snap happy for BVA’s third ‘Veterinary photographer of the year’ competition

After a highly successful photography competition last year, BVA has launched its much-anticipated 2018 ‘BVA Veterinary photographer of the year’ competition for members of the profession

Jun
22

Vets raise concerns over poultry welfare due to CO2 shortages

Vets are calling on major gas suppliers to prioritise CO2 supplies to slaughterhouses to maintain animal welfare standards.

Jun
21

BVA welcomes Cabinet Secretary’s statement on improving pet welfare in Wales

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded to a range of new measures announced yesterday (19 June) to further improve pet welfare standards in Wales.

Jun
20

BVA asks Michael Gove to correct EU vet snub

BVA has criticised Michael Gove’s false assertion that EU-qualified vets working in public-health critical roles in the UK are not as qualified as British vets

Jun
18

Animal welfare charity marks 35 years with exceptional day of thought-provoking debates

Over 200 delegates from the veterinary, animal welfare and academic fields gathered for a day of inspiring discussions at the AWF Discussion Forum in London

Jun
12

Stunning absence of figures on exports of non-stun meat

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has raised serious concerns over the lack of information on UK exports of meat from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter.

Jun
06

Vets welcome new welfare code for laying hens

BVA, the British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) and Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) have jointly welcomed a New Code of Practice for the Welfare of Laying Hens and Pullets which was laid before parliament yesterday (5 June).

Jun
05

BVA seeks views on OV revalidation process

BVA is gathering its members’ views on the training and revalidation system for Official Veterinarians (OVs).

Jun
01

Vets issue ‘bunny spoilers’ ahead of Rabbit Awareness Week

BVA is highlighting the importance of the right diet for rabbits as survey results show that five of the top six rabbit health problems that vets see are attributable to poor diet

May
27

Brachycephalic Working Group assists Disney in reducing impact of Patrick film release

Disney has agreed to certain actions, with assistance from the Brachycephalic Working Group, in order to mitigate the anticipated surge in interest in Pugs following the release of its film, Patrick

May
25

Questions remain on introduction of badger culling into bTB Low Risk Area, says BVA

The government has announced that badger control in the Low Risk Area of England will be permitted but BVA still has questions on the detail.

May
24

New framework a welcome tool for optimising fish health and welfare

BVA and the Fish Veterinary Society have welcomed the Scottish Government's launch of a 10 Year Farmed Fish Health Framework

May
18

BVA welcome 'exceptional' use of new six-hour TB test

BVA have welcomed the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) announcement that a new, more sensitive bovine TB test has been accepted for ‘exceptional private use’ in England.

May
18

BVA welcomes new strategic alliance between AFBI and Queen’s University Belfast

The British Veterinary Association has welcomed plans for a strategic alliance between the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Queen’s University Belfast.

May
18

One year on from BVA Brexit report: progress in pictures

A year after the launch of its ‘Brexit and the Veterinary Profession’ report, BVA has produced a new infographic to outline the major milestones that have been achieved.

May
16

Scotland ‘leading the pack’ on animal welfare, says British Veterinary Association

BVA President John Fishwick praised Scotland for implementing policies that prioritise keeping animals happy, healthy and safe during his speech at the organisation’s annual Scottish Dinner

May
15

BVA welcomes first ever protocol for animals in health care

The BVA has issued a warm welcome to the launch of the first ever nationwide protocol for animals in health care.

May
09

Vets must remain guardians of animal health and welfare in post-Brexit agri policy

BVA has urged government to fulfil its promises on maintaining and improving animal health and welfare in its post-Brexit agricultural policy.

May
09

Don’t be afraid to reach out to colleagues, say BVA and Vetlife

BVA is encouraging members of the profession to reach out to colleagues as it reveals 77% of vets have experienced concern for a colleague or fellow student’s mental health and wellbeing.

May
04

Vets to debate benefits of pre-purchase consultation at the year’s top animal welfare event

The Practice Practicals session at this year's AWF Discussion Forum will explore how veterinary practices can draw in prospective owners in a way that benefits both animal welfare and business

May
04

CCTV becomes legal requirement in all English abattoirs

BVA and Veterinary Public Health Association welcome the Government's announcement making CCTV in all abattoirs in England mandatory by 5 November 2018

May
04

UK Governments must work with the profession to modernise disease surveillance networks, say leading vets

BVA's new position on veterinary scanning surveillance calls on UK governments to modernise and enhance the current surveillance networks.

Apr
27

Exotics vet overcomes spider bite and scorching heat to raise vital funds for animal welfare

Vet Daniella Dos Santos overcame a nasty spider bite, a leg injury and heatwave-like conditions to complete the Virgin London Marathon and raise more than £1,600 for the Animal Welfare Foundation

Apr
26

Seven-year itch: vets who make the move to non-clinical work do so after seven years

New figures show that a majority of vets who are now in non-clinical roles decided to make the switch from clinical practice seven years after qualification

Apr
25

Assembly members briefed on the challenges and opportunities Brexit presents for the Welsh veterinary workforce

BVA highlighted the vital role that vets and veterinary nurses play in ensuring high standards of animal health and welfare and food safety in Wales, at a briefing event hosted by Assembly Member Llyr Gruffydd

Apr
24

UK’s leading veterinary body debunks link between canine autism and vaccination

BVA debunks the link between vaccinations and autism in dogs on the heels of a controversial social media post by a popular breakfast television show

Apr
23

Time is running out to enshrine animal sentience legislation in law pre-Brexit

BVA comments as Defra responds to the Efra Committee's report on the draft Animal Welfare Bill

Apr
19

Sign up, sign up, leading vet bodies urge pet owners during National Pet Month

With figures suggesting that 85% of pet owners have registered their pet with a vet but an estimated 3.1 million pet dogs, cats and rabbits in the UK are still not registered, BVA and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) are urging all owners of unregistered pets to sign up with a veterinary practice this National Pet Month (1 April to 7 May).

Apr
17

Soaring temperatures prompt vets and animal welfare groups to issue ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’ warning

With temperatures set to touch the mid-twenties this week, BVA has teamed up with a coalition of rescue and rehoming charities, police, and welfare organisations to launch this year’s Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign to highlight the dangers that warm weather can pose to dogs.

Apr
05

Vets urge responsible antibiotic use by pet owners

The 'Trust Your Vet' campaign, launched by Defra along with BVA, BSAVA and VMD, asks pet owners to follow veterinary advice on the use of antibiotics to ensure these vital medicines can be used in the future

Mar
29

BVA welcomes moves to introduce CCTV to all Scottish abattoirs

Scottish Government have launched a consultation on compulsory CCTV in abattoirs

Mar
26

Vets issue chocolate warning after 62% treated pets last Easter

Vets are urging pet owners to keep chocolate treats safely out of reach of inquisitive pets this Easter, as findings released by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveal that six in ten (62%) vets working in companion animal practice saw at least one case of chocolate poisoning over Easter holidays last year.

Mar
26

Owners should be aware of Alabama rot symptoms, urge vets

Alabama rot, otherwise known as CRGV, is a potentially fatal disease affecting dogs. There have been 29 cases confirmed this year in various areas of the UK, with 40 in 2017 and 19 in 2016.

Mar
23

One step closer to CCTV in all Welsh slaughterhouses

Vets welcome a statement from the Welsh Government which hints at future legislation to introduce CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses

Mar
20

Run-shy vet to don ostrich outfit for charity at London Marathon

Companion animal and exotics vet Daniella dos Santos will be going the extra mile at the 2018 Virgin London Marathon by running in an ostrich costume to raise money for the vet-led charity Animal Welfare Foundation

Mar
12

Vets hail Government plans to ban shock collars in England

BVA has welcomed Defra's consultation on banning the use of electric shock collars in England

Mar
12

Animal Welfare Foundation named charity of the year by Veterinary Marketing Association

The Veterinary Marketing Association will provide marketing and fundraising support to Animal Welfare Foundation

Mar
01

Vets welcome Brexit inquiry to safeguard animal health and welfare standards in Scotland

BVA Scottish Branch President Melissa Donald comments on a new inquiry launched by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.

Feb
27

Vets welcome Government pledge to ban wild animals in circuses in England

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the news that a legislative ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses will be in place in England within the next two years.

Feb
27

Animal health and welfare 'public goods' must be at heart of new agricultural policy

BVA President John Fishwick comments on the Government's proposals for a post-Brexit agricultural policy.

Feb
23

New slaughterhouse CCTV law will help safeguard animal welfare, say vets  

BVA President John Fishwick welcomes the new law, which introduces mandatory CCTV in all English slaughterhouses and enables unrestricted access to footage for Official Veterinarians.

Feb
20

Vets claim victory as Gove recognises animal welfare as a public good

Responding to Mr Gove's speech at the NFU Conference, BVA welcomed the Secretary of State's commitment to animal welfare as a public good in future agricultural policy

Feb
19

Critical role of vets recognised in new report on post Brexit trade in food

Many of the priorities highlighted by BVA in its written evidence to the EFRA Committee inquiry have been captured in the recommendations laid out by the committee

Feb
16

BVA elects new Northern Ireland Branch President

Ballynure-based mixed practice vet Alan Gordon has been named President of the BVA Northern Ireland Branch

Feb
14

Vets ‘delighted to see animal welfare high on the political agenda’

BVA President John Fishwick comments on Labour’s draft policy document ‘Animal Welfare For The Many, Not The Few'.

Feb
12

Choose hugs not Pugs this Valentine’s Day, vets urge card retailers and consumers

Pugs and other flat-faced dogs and cats are covering cards and gifts this Valentine’s Day, but with their ‘cute’ looks masking a multitude of health and welfare problems the BVA has written to the greeting card industry asking for their help to curb the worrying demand for flat-faced pets.

Feb
08

New measures could help tackle tragic consequences of poorly bred puppies, say vets

BVA responds to the Environment Secretary's measures to drive up dog welfare, announced today.

Feb
07

Former Shadow Environment Minister to lead welfare discussions at AWF’s annual forum

Angela Smith MP, who co-chairs the government’s All-Party Animal Welfare Group, will lead the ‘Big Debate’ at the Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum in London this year.

Feb
06

Government urged to exempt overseas veterinary students in UK from immigration targets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) have submitted a joint paper to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on the future of non-UK citizens studying at UK vet schools.

Feb
01

Animal sentience legislation must go ahead, say vets

BVA responds to the Efra Select Committee's report, which recommends that animal sentience be removed from the Government's draft Animal Welfare Bill

Jan
31

Shortage of vets could interrupt post-Brexit trade

In a speech at BVA's annual London Dinner, President John Fishwick set out the far-reaching impact of Brexit on the profession as well as animal health and welfare, public health and future trade

Jan
31

New regulations to affect vets working with X-rays

Ahead of new ionising radiation legislation coming into effect on 5 February 2018, BVA updates members on what action they need to take.

Jan
25

New BVA support for vets returning to practice after a career break

Around one in five vets who started their careers in clinical practice are reporting that they do not currently work in practice, according to findings from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) which is launching a new CPD series in February to support members interested in returning to practice after a career break.

Jan
24

Ban on shock collars in Scotland a win for animal welfare

After years of campaigning, BVA welcomes Scotland's move to ban electric training collars

Jan
19

BVA launches seven principles to help inform choice of farm assurance schemes

BVA has developed a farm assurance schemes policy position setting out seven guiding principles

Jan
18

BVA and BVPA respond to new bird flu prevention zone announcement

The two veterinary bodies ask their members, and poultry keepers, to heed the new measures to contain further spread of the disease

Jan
12

Vets respond to confirmation of Avian Influenza in wild birds in Dorset

BVA and BVPA echo the Government's reassurance that there is no public health risk, and urge bird keepers to maintain high biosecurity measures

Jan
11

BVA upholds the skillset of vets in letter to Spectator columnist

BVA recently wrote a letter to the Spectator in response to a misinformed article about vets and the skillset of recent graduates.

Jan
10

Updated code of practice for meat chickens highlights importance of vets involvement

Defra has published an updated draft code of practice for the welfare of meat chickens and meat breeding chickens, following a consultation last year. The new code has been welcomed by the BVA, BVPA and VPHA.

Jan
09

BVA offers a vet’s-eye view to parliamentarians

BVA exhibits BVA members' photos in the Palace of Westminster this week, offering parliamentarians a unique insight into vets' daily work.

Jan
05

#Puglife aspirations prompting public to choose unhealthy breeds, say vets

BVA launches new #Breedtobreathe campaign to help challenge the growing trend of 'normalising' brachycephalic breeds' health and welfare problems.

Jan
04

New agri policy cannot ignore animal health and welfare as public goods

Responding to Michael Gove's plans for farm payments post Brexit, BVA President John Fishwick outlines the Veterinary vision for agricultural policy.