News Releases

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.