BVA Blog


Broaching the brachy issue with our clients

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Robin Hargreaves

Robin explains how practices need to engage with their clients on brachycephalic health issues - emphasising our motivation as veterinary professionals to see people have long and rewarding relationships with happy, healthy pets.


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.


#BreedtoBreathe - how vets can improve health and welfare of brachy breeds

Posted on January 03, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

With the launch of BVA’s #BreedtoBreathe campaign, BVA Policy Officer Hayley Atkin, blogs about how vets can take action.


‘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.


Volunteering: Give a little, get a lot

Posted on December 05, 2017 by Melissa Donald

Melissa Donald, BVA Scottish Branch President, talks about how volunteers are key to BVA’s success.


An application process from hell? Myth busting the vet school application process

Posted on November 23, 2017 by David Charles

There’s a lot of incorrect information out there about applying for & studying on a veterinary degree. AVS Junior Vice President, David, dispels some myths and asks what vets & vet students can do to get the right information out there!


Busy with Brexit: An update on BVA policy work

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Michael Mcgilligan

BVA is taking a proactive approach to influencing the Brexit negotiations and the Government’s preparations for exiting the EU.  Michael McGilligan explains our work to date and where the veterinary profession can make an impact going forward.


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.


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.


Building on excellent foundations with improved understanding of antibiotic use

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Dawn Howard

AMR In Focus: NOAH - association representing the UK animal medicines industry - have been working to promote responsible use of all animal medicines to ensure all animals have access to first class care in an effective, practical and sustainable way.


Discussing responsible medicines use with veterinary clients

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Kristen K. Reyher, Alison Bard, Gwen Rees

AMR In Focus: This blog explores the complex topic of promoting responsible medicines use, with a particular emphasis on antimicrobial use on farms. By drawing on research, the authors discuss ways to effect behaviour change around medicines use and how to implement these into the vet-farmer relationship.


The new Vet Record: What’s new?

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Adele Waters

The Editor of Veterinary Record, Adele Waters, describes the new look of the journal. The main difference lies in the presentation, but there are some exciting new features too.


Top tips for first year veterinary students

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Hannah Mason

Hannah Mason, Senior Vice President of the Association of Veterinary Students, describes her top tips for getting the most out of your time at vet school.


Poultry vets lead the way in combating antimicrobial resistance

Posted on November 10, 2017 by John Tasker

AMR In Focus: The BVPA, the BVA’s specialist poultry division, has been very busy in the area of antimicrobial use and resistance – giving expert opinions and comment, and collaborating on working groups as well as drawing up and revising guidelines.


Pig sector rises up to the challenge

Posted on November 07, 2017 by Mark White

AMR in Focus: Over the last few years farming practice and the use of antibiotics in animals has been in sharp focus – none more so than the UK pig industry which is acknowledged to historically be a high user of antibiotics compared to other mainstream farm animal species.


Communication at work: How stoic is too stoic?

Posted on November 06, 2017 by Lauren Davis

Vets can often struggle to voice their worries or anxieties in the workplace. Lauren explores the motivations and the options for vets feeling frustrated by the profession and looking for support. 


A One Health profession

Posted on November 03, 2017 by Simon Doherty

BVA Junior Vice President, Simon Doherty, marks International One Health Day with an insight into One Health initiatives taking place at local, national and global level.


Delivering antibiotic-use targets will take courage

Posted on November 02, 2017 by John Fitzgerald

AMR in Focus: John FitzGerald, Secretary General of RUMA, discusses the significant role vets play in sustaining and helping to realise AMR targets.


I really like your beans but…

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Nina Rossi

BVA Media Manager Nina Rossi explains why the use of brachycephalic dogs in advertising is a problem, and explains how vets can help.


Safeguarding the future of antibiotics is our moral responsibility as vets

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Professor Nigel Gibbens Cbe

AMR in Focus: Nigel Gibbens, the UK Chief Vet, explains why vets are uniquely placed to take real action to tackle antibiotic resistance, and why every reduction helps.