John Fishwick's Blog


Continued vigilance and joint working are our best defence against Bluetongue

Posted on June 17, 2019 by John Fishwick

BVA Senior Vice President John Fishwick warns against complacency in relation to the infectious diseases currently spreading through Europe, especially bluetongue


Considering the wider determinants of welfare – a comprehensive approach to the welfare of livestock during transport

Posted on February 12, 2019 by John Fishwick

With growing media interest and political appetite to make improvements to animal transportation, BVA Senior Vice President, John Fishwick, unpacks why it is important to holistically consider the impact of all aspects of transport on animal welfare.


The Spectator column was a 'joke' - so why is no one laughing?

Posted on January 31, 2018 by John Fishwick

President John Fishwick outlines the action BVA has taken in response to Spectator columnist Melissa Kite's comments on the veterinary profession and the Association itself.


Colostrum, Colostrum, Colostrum

Posted on January 22, 2018 by John Fishwick

Good colostrum management is key to preventing disease, improving welfare and minimising antibiotic use in farm animals.


Recognising animal welfare as a public good

Posted on January 08, 2018 by John Fishwick

One Health was at the heart of Michael Gove’s speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, at which he set out his vision for farming post-Brexit, and described what he regards as “public goods”. However, animal health and welfare took a back seat.


‘Tis the season to be jolly…and on call

Posted on December 21, 2017 by John Fishwick

Memories of some of the veterinary emergencies I have been called out to on Christmas day will always live with me.


Leading from the front on AMR

Posted on November 15, 2017 by John Fishwick

AMR In Focus: BVA President John Fishwick highlights the work BVA have been doing around AMR use, and explains how vets can work together to create positive change.


Avian Influenza update

Posted on June 08, 2017 by John Fishwick

Find out the latest advice and guidance around Avian Influenza - this page will be periodically updated to reflect the current Avian Influenza (AI) situation in the UK. Last updated 2 March 2018.


Avian Influenza 16 May 2017 update

Posted on May 16, 2017 by John Fishwick

APHA have announced that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (APIZ) has been lifted across most of England.  However, the APIZ does remain in place in some districts - see the situation and current guidance for the UK.


Avian Influenza 7 May 2017 update

Posted on May 05, 2017 by John Fishwick

Just as it seemed all was clear on the Avian Influenza front, a new case has been confirmed in a small backyard flock of chickens in Lancashire (4 May 2017). Read the latest advice on AI.


Avian Influenza 13 April 2017 update

Posted on April 13, 2017 by John Fishwick

Defra has announced that with effect from 13 April 2017 there will be some significant relaxation to the current measures to control Bird Flu. 


A veterinary update on Avian Influenza (AI)

Posted on January 27, 2017 by John Fishwick

The strain of Avian Influenza (AI) which currently threatens GB is H5N8, although this strain is unfortunately highly pathogenic to all species of birds, it has not been associated with any disease in humans.


Responsible use of antibiotics - what’s it all about?

Posted on November 15, 2016 by John Fishwick

No one can have failed to notice the recent surge of publicity on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need for antibiotics to be used and prescribed responsibly. The whole issue has been brought sharply into focus by the publication in May this year of a report by Jim O’Neill reviewing the area of antimicrobial resistance globally.