John Fishwick's Blog


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.


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.