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Less and Better – a call to value our food Listing Image

Less and Better – a call to value our food

23 Apr 2019 | Sean Wensley | Cattle

As BVA highlights in its newly-published position on UK sustainable animal agriculture, fewer healthier and happier animals with better productivity have less of a sustainability impact than numerous animals with poorer health and welfare outcomes.

One Health Week: Augmented reality, One Health for the real world Listing Image
Breeding change – vets and vet nurses tackling root cause animal welfare problems Listing Image
#ChooseAssured - voting for animal welfare at checkouts Listing Image
Poster-drop your doc! A One Health approach to tackling AMR Listing Image
What will ‘Brexit’ mean for the veterinary profession? Listing Image
A world without animal feelings? Listing Image

A world without animal feelings?

08 Jun 2016 | Sean Wensley | Research

Would the veterinary profession still have a role if animals couldn’t feel? Possibly, but if to feel is the ability to consciously experience feelings such as fear, hunger, pleasure and pain, our role would be unrelated to animal welfare.

Maintaining BVA’s focus on animal welfare at slaughter Listing Image

Maintaining BVA’s focus on animal welfare at slaughter

04 May 2016 | Sean Wensley | Sheep

Readers of the Mirror and Times may have read disturbing accounts over the Bank Holiday weekend about the mistreatment of animals in a Norfolk abattoir. The story, accompanied by undercover video footage on the Mirror website, described unacceptable treatment of animals and breaches of legislation intended to protect their welfare.

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What should vet bills cost?

14 Mar 2016 | Sean Wensley | Vet services

Vets’ bills were in the headlines recently, with BBC presenters, Justin Webb and Evan Davis, discussing the costs of gastrointestinal and orthopaedic surgery for their dogs. When discussing vet fees, three questions that recur are do vets charge too much? Do vets do too much for individual animals? Can high spending on pets be justified in the face of other worthy causes?

Vets speaking up for animal welfare Listing Image

Vets speaking up for animal welfare

03 Feb 2016 | Sean Wensley | Political

This evening (3 February), BVA’s animal welfare strategy – “Vets speaking up for animal welfare” - will be launched at the annual BVA London Dinner, to a roomful of key influencers including Defra Minister George Eustice MP, other MPs and Peers, industry representatives, NGOs, journalists, retailers and animal welfare scientists.

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Understanding animal minds

02 Feb 2016 | Sean Wensley | The veterinary profession

Animal welfare science is informing our understanding of animals and this, in turn is changing society’s attitudes towards how animals ought to be used and treated. It is a field which we as vets must remain fully conversant with, reflecting the findings in our practices and policies, while an increasing number of vets are completing related postgraduate qualifications.

Making the point on stick injuries in dogs Listing Image

Making the point on stick injuries in dogs

21 Jan 2016 | Sean Wensley | Companion animals

When Maya the smooth collie was treated for a stick injury at a Glasgow veterinary practice, no one predicted that days later her case would spark a national discussion about the dangers of throwing sticks for dogs. Maya got a 10cm (4in) stick lodged in her throat, puncturing her tongue and damaging her larynx.

BVA explores One Health at RSPB reception Listing Image

BVA explores One Health at RSPB reception

08 Jan 2016 | Sean Wensley | Wellbeing

Anyone who knows of my lifelong passion for wild birds would know that my attending the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) annual reception at the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition would not be a hardship but was it a worthwhile use of the BVA President's time?

Briefing politicians on bovine TB Listing Image

Briefing politicians on bovine TB

05 Nov 2015 | Sean Wensley | Ethics and welfare

Just a week after our House of Commons reception, BVA was back in Westminster to brief MPs on the complex issue of bovine TB (bTB). We had targeted invitations to those MPs who had taken up seats in High Risk Areas (HRA) of England following the general election, to explain the facts and ethics behind the headlines.

Bringing animal health and welfare to Westminster Listing Image

Bringing animal health and welfare to Westminster

27 Oct 2015 | Sean Wensley | Political

This year’s Westminster briefing had record attendance from parliamentarians. The format is simple. BVA provides refreshments in a Westminster dining room and invites elected members to come and hear our messages on pressing animal health and welfare issues.

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