BVA Blog

Dec
17

‘Tis the season to be social in Wales

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr, President of BVA Welsh Branch, reflects on the past year and shares her 2018 highlights of Welsh Branch activities.

Dec
13

Alternative veterinary careers: Combining education and research

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Stacey Blease

The most obvious career path for veterinary graduates is practice, but there are a number of other options available. Stacey Blease, AWF trustee, tells us about her journey to becoming Head of Learning and Development at the British Veterinary Nursing Association.

Dec
11

A picture is worth a thousand words – translating the five welfare needs on set

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Speaking from first-hand experience as a vet ‘on set’, BVA past President, Gudrun Ravetz, explores how the veterinary profession can play a powerful role in advising on the responsible use of animals in advertising.

Dec
10

Working over Christmas

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

Working over Christmas is tough, not only from a personal perspective of not being with family, but also from a professional perspective of having to deal with emergencies, often alone, during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of year. Daniella Dos Santos explains how can you make it a little more bearable.

Dec
06

Working together to promote health over looks

Posted on December 06, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz And Runa Hanaghan

As the demand for 'designer breeds' continues to rise, so does the number of animals bred with extremes of conformation. BVA and Dogs Trust, have been working collaboratively to find ways to tackle the issue. BVA Past President Gudrun Ravetz and Dogs Trust Deputy Veterinary Director Runa Hanaghan share insights from recent work to tackle extreme breeding.

Dec
04

More than just an image… thinking twice about how pets are depicted in advertising

Posted on December 04, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explains why BVA is encouraging vets and advertisers to think holistically about how images of pets may be perceived and what vets can to do promote the responsible use of pets in advertising. 

Dec
03

Tips for reducing stress over Christmas

Posted on December 03, 2018 by Carolyne Crowe

Christmas is fast approaching. For some, it represents all they enjoy – friends, family and frivolity – but for others it can be a very stressful time of year, often taking its toll on mental and physical health. Carolyne Crowe shares her tips for reducing stress over the festive season.

Nov
28

One Health Conference 2018: Paving the way for collaborative medicine

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Laura Turner

With One Health being such an important concept for the future of veterinary medicine, it is vital that students are introduced to this idea during their time at university. The University of Liverpool welcomed the National Student One Health Conference 2018, vet student Laura Turner shares her highlights.

Nov
22

Living La Vida Locum

Posted on November 22, 2018 by Cat Henstridge

Being a veterinary locum is a popular career choice now and from the outside it can seem easy to see why. Unsurprisingly there is much more to it than that and while being a veterinary locum can indeed be a satisfying way to practice, it certainly isn’t for everyone.

Nov
19

Veterinary Diagnostic Practice and the challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance

Posted on November 19, 2018 by Kristen K. Reyher, Henry Buller, Ray Chan And Alison Bard

Will a better understanding of veterinary diagnostic practices and of the possible role of rapid and innovative diagnostic technology help in the drive to reduce the overall use of antimicrobials in livestock farming and thus help decrease antimicrobial resistance amongst both animal and human pathogens?  

Nov
13

The workforce crisis part 3 - Are you Mark or Elizabeth? In 2018, it really shouldn’t matter

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Gudrun Ravetz

Gudrun Ravetz asks why, as an evidence-based profession, do we not show the same evidence-based transparent approach to how we value and pay our employees.

Nov
12

Hints and tips for successful studying at vet school

Posted on November 12, 2018 by Catriona Bell And Jessie Paterson

Dr's Catriona Bell and Jessie Paterson from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies share their top study tips based on their experiences of providing ‘Study Skills Support’ to veterinary students over the past nine years.

Nov
12

The workforce crisis part 2 - It’s not about millennials or women

Posted on November 12, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

The new workforce report commissioned by BVA and carried out by the University of Exeter shows an incredibly helpful new perspective on why so many vets may be leaving the profession, but more importantly, has some really helpful suggestions for changes we can make.

Nov
08

The workforce crisis part 1 - It’s time for a culture change

Posted on November 08, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

The new workforce report commissioned by BVA and carried out by the University of Exeter shows that it is time the profession takes a long, hard look at itself.

Nov
02

One Health Week: One Earth, the impacts of climate change

Posted on November 02, 2018 by Laurie Laybourn-Langton

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change explains how climate change will directly affect human and animal health.

Nov
01

One Health Week: Does the vet have a role in tackling abuse in animals and humans?

Posted on November 01, 2018 by Freda Scott-Park

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, past BVA President Freda Scott-Park explains how healthcare professionals can work together to prevent human and animal abuse.

Oct
30

One Health Week: Death as a One Health issue, could doctors learn from vets?

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Robin Hargreaves

As part of the upcoming One Health Day, we will be publishing a series of blogs to celebrate One Health. Here, past BVA President Robin Hargreaves talks about his approach to end of life discussions, and we should all talk about death more often and earlier than we do. 

Oct
29

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.

Oct
26

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.

Oct
25

Debating religious slaughter over 200 years: from spatial concealment to social controversy

Posted on October 25, 2018 by John Lever

Ahead of the London Vet Show session 'The evolution of slaughter - how science, politics and society shape the way we kill animals', John explores historical context to understand debates around religious slaughter.