The BVA's position on UK sustainable animal agriculture, which specifically notes the inclusion of aquaculture and sustainability, is a hot topic within Scottish salmon farming. Fish vet specialist Ronnie Soutar gives an expert opinion on sustainability in aquaculture.
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Why do we get a pet? Is it for companionship, exercise, creating fond memories? Or is it because of how they look and how ‘cute’ they are? In a modern-day world where everything is readily available online, very few people are prepared to wait for anything, including a new pet.
BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explains why we are encouraging vets and advertisers to think holistically about how images of pets may be perceived, and what vets can to do promote the responsible use of pets in advertising.
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.
As we launch our overarching position on extreme conformation, BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explores how vets can play their part to work towards healthier future generations of animals.
David Tipling, one of the world’s most widely published wildlife photographers and judge for BVA's Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition, shares his top tips for wildlife photography.
Following the success of the past years’ competitions, we have launched the third Veterinary Photographer of the Year Competition, and are inviting members to submit entries in the run up to World Photography Day on 19 August.
Mixed and small animal practitioners are being presented with ‘exotic’ pets on an increasingly regular basis. Rabbits have been the third most popular mammalian pet in the UK for several years, but there is a lack of familiarity in treating them for some veterinarians as the popularity of the species is not always reflected in the amount of teaching on undergraduate courses.
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.
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