BVA Blog

Apr
18

BVA and BEVA equine films from London Vet Show 2016

Posted on April 18, 2017 by James Mullarkey

As a follow on from the BVA Congress and careers stream recordings I previously posted I've now added the full set of recordings from the BVA and BEVA equine stream at London Vet Show 2016.

Apr
18

Economic medicine: a practical approach to cost-challenged veterinary cases

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Ian Ramsey

Small animal practitioners are often faced with sick pets whose owners cannot afford all that their veterinarian wishes to do. Many younger practitioners find these situations to be particularly stressful and it is easy to see how disillusionment and/or an uncaring attitude may follow.

Apr
13

Avian Influenza 13 April 2017 update

Posted on April 13, 2017 by John Fishwick

Defra has announced that with effect from 13 April 2017 there will be some significant relaxation to the current measures to control Bird Flu. 

Apr
12

Coping with depression after having a baby

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Zoe Davies

Having worked closely with the membership team at BVA for several years, I am aware that many members call on us to ask for support - whether it’s professional or personal support. A couple of years ago I had my own experience with mental health, so I’ve decided to share my story in the hope that others may find it useful.

Apr
03

Feline cardiac disease: more than just a murmur?

Posted on April 03, 2017 by Kieran Borgeat

Small animal vets will be familiar with the conundrum of what to do when faced with a new heart murmur, which is incidentally detected at routine examination of a cat. Cats are not very good at telling us when early disease is present, and often first present in extremis. Could the murmur be a clue?

Mar
28

Disease surveillance: are you aware of the services available in your area?

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Amelia Findon

Following changes to the disease surveillance network in the UK, I wanted to collate some useful information from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) highlighting what's available to you in your area. 

Mar
28

First steps to good leadership – whatever your position

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott

Leadership is one of those interesting words that is difficult to define, mostly because the definition varies depending on culture, background and intent. Throughout history leaders have fulfilled a number of functions, from the overt general to the gentler thought-leader, with the only thing in common seeming to be that they managed to get people to follow them – wisely or unwisely.

Mar
21

Treating rabbits: basic principles to advanced procedures

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Molly Varga

As the third most popular pet in the UK, and often having very knowledgeable and discerning owners, rabbits are being presented far more often to veterinary surgeons than previously.

Mar
15

5 reasons for vet students to feel great about EMS

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Becky Richardson

As summer inches ever closer, the majority of vet students will be starting to prepare for several months of EMS placements. No doubt many of you will have to explain to family and ‘non-vet’ friends that, contrary to popular belief, you will not be enjoying a 3-month long, work and care free summer of exotic travel. Instead you will be working hard and most likely not being paid a penny!

Mar
14

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.

Mar
03

Veterinary careers recordings from London Vet Show 2016

Posted on March 03, 2017 by James Mullarkey

As a follow on from the BVA Congress recordings I previously posted I've now added the full set of veterinary career development recordings from London Vet Show 2016.

Mar
02

Bringing vets and VNs together for a Brexit roundtable

Posted on March 02, 2017 by Sally Burnell

Since we all woke up on 24 June (which happened to be my birthday!) to the news about the EU referendum, everyone at BVA has been considering the impact Brexit will have on our members, on animal health and welfare, on public health, and on the wider medical and scientific communities.

Feb
28

British Veterinary LGBT: James’ story

Posted on February 28, 2017 by James Greenwood

I love working with people and I think the proudest moments come from the relationships I have developed with my clients over the years. Every time I receive a thank you card, a bottle of wine or even the occasional hug from a client, it reminds me of how worthwhile this job is.

Feb
21

Brexit through the eyes of a Spanish vet

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Bruno Nicolas

I’m a Spanish vet who graduated in Barcelona in 2004. After graduation I worked full time in small animal practices, covering out-of-hours weekend and night shifts for a miserable salary.

Feb
20

British Veterinary LGBT: Charlotte’s story

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Dr Charlotte Mccarroll

The most challenging part was trying to hold on to my identity during some very tough personal times. There were great demands on my professional time, maintaining a high level of patient care in a very challenging environment and coping with a move away from everyone I had ever known.

Feb
15

Turning wellbeing research into wellbeing reality: Mind Matters symposium

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Robin Hargreaves

As a member of the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) taskforce, developed by the RCVS, I was very pleased to take a couple of days to attend the recent research symposium held at Edinburgh University.

Feb
15

British Veterinary LGBT: Peter’s story

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Dr. Peter Jones Bvsc Mrcvs

The most challenging part of my career was taking on the presidency of BVA. Having not been in practice for the best part of 35 years, I had to learn about many aspects of veterinary medicine that I was not familiar with or had forgotten in order to try and do the job well; I'll leave others to judge whether I succeeded or not!

Feb
10

British Veterinary LGBT: Sam’s story

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Sam Morgan

One of the toughest lessons I had to learn (and probably I am still learning) is to not get overwhelmed with other people’s thoughts and opinions on you; do not change yourself to suit others.

Feb
09

Easy access to Veterinary Record and In Practice websites for BVA members

Posted on February 09, 2017 by James Mullarkey

If you’re a BVA member you can read all the articles on Vet Record and In Practice for free, a day or so ahead of the print versions arriving. You can also peruse a huge archive of research articles going back decades.

Feb
07

Llamas, alpacas and goats: did you really think you could escape the trend?

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Karin Mueller

So there it is: Rhona Crilly, shepherdess for 350 ewes at Home Farm and a client you like working with (or at least used to, up to this point!), excitedly tells you that she has bought half a dozen alpacas as guard animals for the flock.