News Releases

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.