Sean Wensley's Blog


Less and Better – a call to value our food

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Sean Wensley

As BVA highlights in its newly-published position on UK sustainable animal agriculture, fewer healthier and happier animals with better productivity have less of a sustainability impact than numerous animals with poorer health and welfare outcomes.


One Health Week: Augmented reality, One Health for the real world

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Sean Wensley

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, past BVA President Sean Wensley explores what a One Health approach can bring to the 'big' problems affecting our world.


Breeding change – vets and vet nurses tackling root cause animal welfare problems

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Sean Wensley

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.


#ChooseAssured - voting for animal welfare at checkouts

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Sean Wensley

There’s a saying that our meals give us 3 votes every day. Sean Wensley explains how the new #ChooseAssured campaign can help inform consumers and signpost the public towards schemes that promote higher animal welfare. 


Poster-drop your doc! A One Health approach to tackling AMR

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Sean Wensley

A colourful “Are you antibiotic aware?” poster was distributed to all BVA members in the January edition of In Practice. It conveys 6 top tips on responsible antibiotic use, and is a first in targeting these messages to both human patients and animal owners.


What will ‘Brexit’ mean for the veterinary profession?

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Sean Wensley

Since the results of the EU referendum were announced in the early hours of Friday I’m sure, like me, many of you have been thinking about what Brexit will mean in reality, including what it will mean for our profession.


A world without animal feelings?

Posted on June 08, 2016 by Sean Wensley

Would the veterinary profession still have a role if animals couldn’t feel? Possibly, but if to feel is the ability to consciously experience feelings such as fear, hunger, pleasure and pain, our role would be unrelated to animal welfare.


Maintaining BVA’s focus on animal welfare at slaughter

Posted on May 04, 2016 by Sean Wensley

Readers of the Mirror and Times may have read disturbing accounts over the Bank Holiday weekend about the mistreatment of animals in a Norfolk abattoir. The story, accompanied by undercover video footage on the Mirror website, described unacceptable treatment of animals and breaches of legislation intended to protect their welfare.


What should vet bills cost?

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Sean Wensley

Vets’ bills were in the headlines recently, with BBC presenters, Justin Webb and Evan Davis, discussing the costs of gastrointestinal and orthopaedic surgery for their dogs. When discussing vet fees, three questions that recur are do vets charge too much? Do vets do too much for individual animals? Can high spending on pets be justified in the face of other worthy causes?


Vets speaking up for animal welfare

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Sean Wensley

This evening (3 February), BVA’s animal welfare strategy – “Vets speaking up for animal welfare” - will be launched at the annual BVA London Dinner, to a roomful of key influencers including Defra Minister George Eustice MP, other MPs and Peers, industry representatives, NGOs, journalists, retailers and animal welfare scientists.


Understanding animal minds

Posted on February 02, 2016 by Sean Wensley

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.


Making the point on stick injuries in dogs

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Sean Wensley

When Maya the smooth collie was treated for a stick injury at a Glasgow veterinary practice, no one predicted that days later her case would spark a national discussion about the dangers of throwing sticks for dogs. Maya got a 10cm (4in) stick lodged in her throat, puncturing her tongue and damaging her larynx.


BVA explores One Health at RSPB reception

Posted on January 08, 2016 by Sean Wensley

Anyone who knows of my lifelong passion for wild birds would know that my attending the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) annual reception at the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition would not be a hardship but was it a worthwhile use of the BVA President's time?


Briefing politicians on bovine TB

Posted on November 05, 2015 by Sean Wensley

Just a week after our House of Commons reception, BVA was back in Westminster to brief MPs on the complex issue of bovine TB (bTB). We had targeted invitations to those MPs who had taken up seats in High Risk Areas (HRA) of England following the general election, to explain the facts and ethics behind the headlines.


Bringing animal health and welfare to Westminster

Posted on October 27, 2015 by Sean Wensley

This year’s Westminster briefing had record attendance from parliamentarians. The format is simple. BVA provides refreshments in a Westminster dining room and invites elected members to come and hear our messages on pressing animal health and welfare issues.


BVNA at 50

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Sean Wensley

There was a buzz around last weekend’s British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Congress, captured by the rolling twitter headlines


BVLGBT – good for the profession and society

Posted on October 08, 2015 by Sean Wensley

Happily, my first duty as BVA President was to welcome the recently formed British Veterinary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (BVLGBT) group to BVA HQ in London.


All creatures small and great: insect-eating and global health

Posted on October 06, 2015 by Sean Wensley

As I have written previously, in introducing my Presidential theme – “Vets in the human-animal age” – the growing global demand for meat and dairy products is being increasingly examined for its environmental, animal welfare and human health impacts.


Making the world a better place for vets and because of vets

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Sean Wensley

On Thursday (24 September) I took over the BVA Presidency from John Blackwell at BVA Members’ Day and AGM. It was a memorable day, held in the beautiful city of Edinburgh and attended by over 100 BVA members.


Rags to riches

Posted on September 09, 2015 by Sean Wensley

I don’t read Vogue enough to know whether it commonly carries articles on animal welfare, but I suspect not. That’s why today’s – “H&M makes new animal welfare commitment” - jumped out.