Practice management

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  • Bat care guidance for vets

    The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) has produced a number of documents about bat care aimed at veterinary surgeons.

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  • Animal bites in the workplace

    The procedure for dealing with bites in the workplace can be split into 2 common areas: health and safety, and public health. Under these 2 headings you will find links to the BVA Practice Standards guide and reference to existing current protocols.

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  • BVA guide to working as a locum

    This guide gives comprehensive advice on what you should think about if you’re interested in working as a locum, including both the advantages and disadvantages that should be considered for a successful move into locum work.

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  • Dangerous dogs

    We believe it is more important to target individual aggressive dogs than to single out a particular type of dog as being dangerous. A dog’s behaviour is partly a result of its inherited characteristics but rearing and training provided by the owner is more important.

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  • Extramural studies (EMS) - a guide for practitioners

    We've produced this EMS guide detailing what you, as the EMS provider, and the student should expect from the experience and how to get the most out of it. 

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  • Farm health and safety

    Health and safety guidance on the legal requirements and responsibilities for on-farm working. Members can also access supporting documents including a risk assessment and client leaflet.

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  • General Data Protection Regulation guide

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It replaces the current Data Protection Act 1998. Any organisation collecting the personal information of individuals will need to meet the standards of the new regulation and therefore it applies to all veterinary practices.

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  • Guide to partnerships in veterinary practice

    This practical guide provides information on areas to consider prior to drawing up a partnership agreement.  

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  • Handling veterinary waste

    Veterinary waste consists of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste which must be segregated, classified, described, packaged, labelled and disposed of in line with regulatory requirements. 

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  • Ionising radiation - myth busting guide

    The most important thing you can do to comply is carry out an appropriate risk assessment and carry out all the actions identified by that risk assessment. The BVA guidance note is intended to help you navigate some of the myths and concerns that have arisen following the introduction of IRR17.

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  • Media guide for vets

    Local media coverage can be an excellent way to market your veterinary practice and to promote the services you offer to local customers – all for free. Our media guide for vets offers simple tips and advice to help you achieve local press coverage. 

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  • Model licence conditions and guidance for cat boarding establishments

    This document has been prepared in the best interests of animal welfare and to advise those tasked with inspecting, advising and licensing catteries under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

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  • Model licence conditions and guidance for dog breeding establishments

    In 1978 the BVA published guidelines for local authorities and their veterinary inspectors underc the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

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  • RSPCA payments for Initial Emergency Treatment (IET)

    This guide outlines the arrangement between BVA and RSPCA for payment for IET of sick or injured wildlife and stray animals.

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  • SSPCA emergency treatment of sick or injured animals in Scotland

    This document outlines the process by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) for the emergency treatment of sick and injured stray animals and wildlife in Scotland.

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  • Stray racing pigeons

    The racing pigeon season is from April to September with young birds bred in the current calendar year flying between July and September. If a member of the public finds a racing pigeon they should be advised to leave it where it is.

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  • Work experience placements to school students

    This guide aims to help veterinary professionals when offering work experience placements to school students. It contains information on setting up a placement, what to be aware of and where to find careers advice for students.

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