BVA Blog


Alternative veterinary careers: technical adviser

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Lauren Davis

As a disillusioned vet and blood-phobic, Lauren describes her transition to working as an International Technical Adviser and life in industry. 


Are you talking to me? Intimidating clients in the veterinary practice

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Sam Morgan

85% of vets reported that either they or one of their veterinary team has experienced intimidating language or behaviour, Sam Morgan - Senior Vice-President of the BVNA - shares her tips for handling this behaviour in practice. 


Supporting the homeless and their pets: StreetVet

Posted on October 11, 2017 by Jade And Sam

Sam and Jade started their charity StreetVet officially this year - they discuss what their charity is, how it all came about, and how veterinarians can help improve the lives of dogs living on the streets.


Cows, coffee and culture: A month in Ethiopia

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Sara Robson

Cambridge Veterinary School student Sara Robson discusses her final year research project in Ethiopia, as part of her prestigious Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship.


Dental dilemmas in companion animal practice

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Rachel Perry

Rachel Perry explains how to begin gathering the clues for diagnosis in veterinary dentistry - where to find them and what to look for.


Alternative veterinary careers: non-clinical charity work

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Nicola Martin

Nicola Martin - head of Pet Health and Welfare at PDSA - outlines her move from small animal practice to non-clinical charitable work.


Alternative veterinary careers: exotic animal practice

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Daniella Santos

Daniella Santos - AWF trustee and Principles Exotic Vet at Park Vets - explains how she got into exotic animal veterinary medicine, and what steps she would recommend for others looking to move into the same field.


What we wish we had known when we graduated

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Danny Chambers

Danny Chambers has compiled a list of non-clinical advice for newly graduated vets offered by the members of Veterinary Voices UK - a large group of vets with years of clinical experience.


How to start your own veterinary business: building a business plan

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Alison Lambert

All clinicians know the importance of a cohesive treatment plan when managing patient care - it's just as important to produce a joined-up business plan when opening and managing a practice. Alison Lambert, owner of Onswitch, explains the basics of business planning.


Teaming up with Moneypenny to make customer service a priority

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Pauline Sloan

BVA partnered with Moneypenny, one of the UK’s leading outsourced communications providers to provide members with an effective way to respond to client calls. Moneypenny talked to Pauline Sloan, receptionist at Village Vets about her experience of their service.


Winners of the Veterinary Photographer of the Year 2017 announced

Posted on September 06, 2017 by Tara Schwenk

Following the success of the inaugural photo competition, we received over 500 entries that showcased the life of our members, including their professional successes and bond with patients.


The locum life

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Alison Price

Alison Price explains her decision to move from permanent practice to locum work, along with the challenges and benefits life as locum offers.


Brexit through the eyes of a Spanish vet: 6 months on

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Bruno Nicolas

Spanish vet Bruno Nicolas reflects on the last 6 months post-Brexit and how the upcoming changes will affect him and his work in the UK.


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.