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.
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As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, BVA Past President Sean Wensley explores what a One Health approach can bring to the 'big' problems affecting our world.
For as long as humans have used animals - for transport, food, sport, companionship and more - we have recognised the benefits of breeding from the best suited naturally occurring individuals. Sean Wensley discusses how far is too far.
There’s a saying that our meals give us 3 votes every day. Sean Wensley explains how the new #ChooseAssured campaign can help inform consumers, and signpost the public towards schemes that promote higher animal welfare.
A colourful “Are you antibiotic aware?” poster was distributed to all BVA members in the January edition of In Practice. It conveys 6 top tips on responsible antibiotic use, and is a first in targeting these messages to both human patients and animal owners.
Since the results of the EU referendum were announced in the early hours of Friday I’m sure, like me, many of you have been thinking about what Brexit will mean in reality, including what it will mean for our profession.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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