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Supporting each other

12 May 2022 | James Russell

60% of vets think they'd be able to recognise the signs of mental ill health in a colleague. In this blog, BVA Senior Vice President James Russell considers what more the profession can do to encourage meaningful conversations about feelings to help support each other.

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Animal Health and Welfare Pathway: what vets need to know now

23 Feb 2022 | James Russell

This week, Defra Secretary of State George Eustice announced the next steps in the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway in a speech to the NFU conference. BVA Senior Vice President James Russell has been involved in shaping the plans for the Pathway and sets out what vets need to know now, ahead of roll out later this year.

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Reflections on the Panorama dairy programme

17 Feb 2022 | James Russell

This week the BBC screened ‘Panorama: A Cow’s Life’, which revealed undercover footage of animal abuse and a wider discussion of the price of milk and animal health and welfare on UK dairy farms. BVA Senior Vice President and cattle vet James Russell reflects on the programme.

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What’s in a graph?

23 Nov 2021 | James Russell

Following the publication of the new RUMA Targets Task Force and VMD Antimicrobial Sales and Resistance reports (VARRS), James Russell reflects on the efforts of vets and farmers to improve antimicrobial stewardship. Hidden behind the graphs is a positive story on resistance that should be celebrated.

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Protecting personal safety on the farm

20 Jul 2021 | James Russell

This Farm Safety Week cattle vet and BVA President James Russell recalls an incident that could have ended in disaster and reflects on the lessons he learnt about personal safety on farm that day.

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Find your happy place this Mental Health Awareness Week

10 May 2021 | James Russell

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is nature, recognising the positive impact that getting out and about can have on emotional and physical wellbeing. Here, BVA President James Russell details one of his favourite local settings to embrace the natural world.

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Let’s talk about pay

08 Apr 2021 | James Russell

#GoodWorkplaces provide transparent, fair, and equal pay for all employees, relevant to their roles. In this blog, BVA President James Russell shares his thoughts on why workplaces need to be more transparent and talk about pay.

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Covid-19: One year on

23 Mar 2021 | James Russell

One year on from the start of the first Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, BVA President James Russell reflects on #TeamVet's role in the pandemic and looks ahead to the route out of lockdown.

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Community action at the Brailsford Ploughing match

16 Dec 2020 | James Russell

Considering your organisation’s role within the wider community can be an important aspect of workplace culture. James Russell tells us why his practice team enjoyed getting involved at the Brailsford Ploughing match, and the benefits this brought to the business.

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Don't miss out on the winter sun

24 Nov 2020 | James Russell

James Russell reminds us of the importance of catching some winter rays, and reflecting on how we can keep ourselves fit and healthy as the bad weather and long nights draw in.

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