BVA Blog


We all have mental health: Vetlife

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Geoff Little

Geoff Little, President of Vetlife, explains the vital service the charity offers to the veterinary profession, how others can support the charity in the lead up to its 25 year anniversary.


African Swine Fever: risk level raised

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Mark Ec White

Defra has announced that the risk of an incursion of African Swine Fever in the UK has risen from ‘Very Low’ to ‘Low’ following geographical spread of the disease and increased infection in Eastern Europe. Learn how it is spread, and the clinical signs of infection.


Are your companion animal patients ageing disgracefully?

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Yvonne Mcgrotty

Small animal practitioners are seeing an increasing number of geriatric patients. Medical advances, better nutrition and vaccination schedules means that our pet are living longer than ever; but what are the common problems faced by this age group? 


Studying veterinary medicine abroad: Slovakia

Posted on August 14, 2017 by Chris Allen

Chris completed a bioveterinary science degree in the UK with the hope of going to vet school, but after discovering that UK vet schools charged full tuition for second degrees, Chris made the decision to apply to the University of Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia.


Dealing with dilemmas – animal welfare and ethics in practice

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Dorothy Mckeegan And James Yeates

We all want to make better decisions so we can achieve more, influence others and feel better - ethical skills help achieve this. Veterinary professionals often have to make difficult decisions and veterinary work is ethically challenging; learn how to navigate these morally difficult situations.


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.


How to deal with top companion animal emergencies

Posted on August 02, 2017 by Dan Lewis

Whether in mixed or small animal practice, you will always have to deal with small animal emergencies, often at the least convenient time. Improving your knowledge on common small animal emergencies will help you deal with stressful situations.


What should you look for in your first practice role?

Posted on August 01, 2017 by William Chandler

Will Chandler - recent graduate and Young Vet Network representative - reflects on his experience finding his first veterinary practice role after university, including his tips on what to look for in a potential employer.


A strong veterinary voice in the House of Lords

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Professor The Lord Trees

On 17 July the House of Lords debated the EU Committee report on Brexit: UK-EU movement of people, and Lord Trees took this opportunity to speak on the workforce issues affecting the veterinary profession.


How will you fund the longest holiday of your life?

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Daniel James

Daniel James - Director of Client Services at Lloyd & Whyte has put together five key things vets need to know about pensions.


Emerging issues in equine medicine

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Dr Jo Ireland And Dr Richard Newton

Richard Newton and Jo Ireland consider the latest issues in equine exotic disease threats and emerging medical conditions of current relevance to UK horses, ahead of their CPD course providing attendees with tips on how to keep themselves informed on equine global disease occurrence.


How to succeed in the UK as a non-UK vet

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Luis Sainz-Pardo

Working as a non-UK vet in the UK can be a rewarding professional experience - however, it can also be daunting and stressful. Luis Sainz-Pardo explains how the unique course: How to succeed in the UK as a non UK vet, will teach you the skills to have a successful career in the UK.


Time - Do you want more?

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Carolyne Crowe

Time is our most precious resource, but is there ever enough? How do you become more effective and productive, have more time for yourself and be less stressed? Carolyn explains how to plan and manage your time effectively.


Helping new grads find their feet

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Becky Richardson

Young Vet Network representative Becky Richardson explains why it is so important for the entire veterinary team to offer reassurance and support to new grads in the workplace.


What value do you place on disease surveillance?

Posted on July 20, 2017 by Kate Sharpe

Chair of the BVA's Surveillance Working Group -  Kate Sharpe - discusses what we already know about the profession’s relationship with surveillance and why we need to unpack this further.


BVA Welsh Dinner: a recent graduate's experience

Posted on July 18, 2017 by Constanze Black

Recent graduate Constanze Black shares her experience at the BVA Welsh Dinner, and urges fellow veterinarians to get involved with helping to create evidence based policy.


Growing the veterinary voice: developments in Vet Record

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Adele Waters

Adele Waters joined BMJ’s publishing group as editor of Veterinary Record and BVA’s other journals in February 2017. Here she reflects on her first few months in post.


Communication and negotiation skills webinar for vets

Posted on July 03, 2017 by Laura Brammar

No matter how much you enjoy your work as a vet, there will be moments in your job where your negotiation and communication skills will be tested to the limit.


Vets march at Edinburgh Pride

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Max Foreman

The British Veterinary LGBT+ group was formed last year and has since gone from strength to strength. Around 20 members met in Edinburgh, and with bellies full of pastries and prosecco, headed to march at Pride. 


Test your knowledge on the In Practice website – online veterinary CPD

Posted on June 27, 2017 by James Mullarkey

We’ve been looking at ways to help members with reflective, outcomes based learning while reading the BVA journals online.