Gudrun Ravetz's Blog


A picture is worth a thousand words – translating the five welfare needs on set

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Speaking from first-hand experience as a vet ‘on set’, BVA past President, Gudrun Ravetz, explores how the veterinary profession can play a powerful role in advising on the responsible use of animals in advertising.


The workforce crisis part 3 - Are you Mark or Elizabeth? In 2018, it really shouldn’t matter

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Gudrun Ravetz asks why, as an evidence-based profession, do we not show the same evidence-based transparent approach to how we value and pay our employees.


What is the disease risk from imported dogs?

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Many pet owners have written in over the past few days to share concerns regarding our advice against importing stray dogs from abroad, here we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we have been posed regarding disease risk.


The politics of animal sentience

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Gudrun Ravetz

Gudrun Ravetz, BVA Senior Vice President, discusses the House of Commons vote to reject the inclusion of animal sentience into the EU Withdrawal Bill, as well as the truth behind the headlines.


Can abattoirs meet our animal welfare expectations?

Posted on August 09, 2017 by Gudrun Ravetz

BVA with our specialist division the Veterinary Public Health Association, have talked about the necessary culture of compassion within abattoirs. Our evidence based stance call for all animals to be stunned before slaughter. With these BVA priorities in mind, JVP John Fishwick and BVA president Gudrun Ravetz visited a lamb abattoir in Wales.


Making vets' voices heard on Brexit

Posted on May 02, 2017 by Gudrun Ravetz

Whatever your vote in the EU referendum last June, the result came as a shock to most of us! At the forefront of this was the personal impact the referendum outcome had on our EU colleagues living and working in the UK, who make a vital contribution to the UK veterinary workforce and who were, overnight, facing the uncertainty of their status being used as political bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. 


Stop normalising suffering: vets speaking out about brachys

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Gudrun Ravetz

The health and welfare problems of brachycephalics is a priority for BVA and we continue to use our professional voice in the media to push for an improvement in the health and welfare of these animals as well as working with other stakeholders to look for solutions.


Can we avoid human error in veterinary practice?

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Gudrun Ravetz

‘To err is human’, so the saying goes. But if you’re a clinician, such as a doctor or a vet, your errors can have life-changing and life-threatening consequences for your patients. The truth is, in both human and animal medicine, mistakes do happen. They happen because of human fallibility.


Brexit: pulling together as the veterinary family

Posted on October 27, 2016 by Gudrun Ravetz

A colleague told me about a conversation she recently overhead in the gym changing rooms. One woman was telling her friend how she had been walking down the street and a man had cycled past and shouted at her “Go back to where you come from.”...


Dog microchipping laws: your questions answered

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Gudrun Ravetz

It’s now one month since the microchipping of dogs legislation came into force in England, Scotland and Wales (it has been compulsory in Northern Ireland since 2012). As is often the case with new legislation, there have been many questions about how it should be observed in everyday practice.


The health of pedigree dogs

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Gudrun Ravetz

Although, for many of the UK public, pedigree dog breeds only come to their consciousness once a year, when Crufts hits our TV screens, the focus on pedigree breeding over the last few years has led to some improvements in dog health. Recent statistics show a reduction in some hereditary conditions as a result of the vital screening programmes carried out by the Canine Health Schemes.


A vet’s guide to getting fit with your dog

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Gudrun Ravetz

We know the health risks for us and our pets of being overweight (diabetes, heart disease, joint pain etc), so how about a New Year’s resolution to get fit with your pet? Exercising with your dog is great for your physical and mental health, and for your dog's too.


Are male vets worth more than female vets?

Posted on December 09, 2015 by Gudrun Ravetz

Would you give your son 10% more pocket money than your daughter (for the sake of the argument let’s presume they are the same age)? We are in a profession that is becoming feminised. Does that matter?