Gudrun Ravetz's Blog

Aug
09

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.

May
02

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. 

Jan
27

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.

Nov
09

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.

Oct
27

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.”...

May
11

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.

Mar
10

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.

Jan
12

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.

Dec
09

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?