BVA Blog

Jun
16

Get involved with the 2017 photo competition

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Tara Schwenk

Tara Schwenk, BVA Digital Content Editor, announces the launch of the BVA photo competition, now in its second year, and recaps the highlights of the 2016 competition.

Jun
09

What vets need to know about travel insurance

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Pete Lishman

Summer is here and you may be in the middle of planning a escape. As the BVA’s appointed insurance partner, we advise vets on their personal financial needs and more. With 15 years’ experience, we have built up a good understanding of what to look out for when taking out travel insurance.

Jun
09

Extra-mural studies: A students experience

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Eleanor Drabble

Ellie swaps her scrubs and wellies for a week of shadowing the British Veterinary Association; attending meetings and discussions on a plethora issues affecting the profession at BVA HQ.

Jun
08

Avian Influenza update

Posted on June 08, 2017 by John Fishwick

Find out the latest advice and guidance around Avian Influenza - this page will be periodically updated to reflect the current Avian Influenza (AI) situation in the UK.

Jun
06

Do I need income protection?

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Daniel James

Income protection is considered an essential policy for most vets but how do you find the right cover? Our partners, Lloyd & Whyte, have been advising vets for the past 15 years and have given us the low down on what you need to know about income protection.

May
30

BVA Scottish Dinner: a recent graduate's experience

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Matthew Erskine

Recent graduate Matthew Erskine shares his experience at the BVA Scottish Dinner - where the veterinary profession meet to discuss issues of animal welfare, animal health and food safety of particular importance to Scotland.

May
16

Avian Influenza 16 May 2017 update

Posted on May 16, 2017 by John Fishwick

APHA have announced that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (APIZ) has been lifted across most of England.  However, the APIZ does remain in place in some districts - see the situation and current guidance for the UK.

May
15

Celebrating the colossal contribution of veterinary nurses

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Robin Hargreaves

This Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Robin Hargreaves reflects on veterinary nurses' expertise and dedication, acknowledging their growing role in the veterinary team, as well as their contribution to the quality of veterinary service.

May
15

The London Young Vet Network is reawakened

Posted on May 15, 2017 by William Chandler

BVA and the Veterinary Defence Society support Young Vet Network (YVN) groups around the UK. The groups are run independently by volunteers and provide young vets with the opportunity to meet up, discuss the pressures and the pleasures of the job, and enjoy social and CPD events together. William Chandler talks of his recent experience organising a London YVN event.

May
09

Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month 2017

Posted on May 09, 2017 by Sam Morgan

Every May the BVNA hosts National Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month, during this month they aim to raise public awareness of the important work undertaken by veterinary nurses. Sam Morgan - BVNA president - challenges the preconceptions that many veterinary nurses face.

May
05

Avian Influenza 7 May 2017 update

Posted on May 05, 2017 by John Fishwick

Just as it seemed all was clear on the Avian Influenza front, a new case has been confirmed in a small backyard flock of chickens in Lancashire (4 May 2017). Read the latest advice on AI.

May
05

Reptiles in first opinion practice - what you need to know

Posted on May 05, 2017 by Ian Sayers

Practitioners are being presented with reptile patients on a regular, and increasing basis. They deserve to be given the same standard of care as more familiar species, but is this always the case? Ian Sayers - Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine, discusses the importance of treating reptiles in first opinion practice.

May
03

Vet puts Subaru through its paces

Posted on May 03, 2017 by Ashley Rubens

Ashley Rubens, winner of the competition to find the BVA member facing the toughest driving conditions in the UK, has spent the last few months putting the Subaru Outback through its paces. 3 months on, Ashley has written a BVA blog post about his experiences so far.

May
02

Making vets' voices heard on Brexit

Posted on May 02, 2017 by Gudrun Ravetz

Whatever your vote in the EU referendum last June, the result came as a shock to most of us! At the forefront of this was the personal impact the referendum outcome had on our EU colleagues living and working in the UK, who make a vital contribution to the UK veterinary workforce and who were, overnight, facing the uncertainty of their status being used as political bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. 

Apr
19

What’s it like to be a first year vet student?

Posted on April 19, 2017 by James Mullarkey

Liverpool University Veterinary Science student Rosie Perrett wrote a diary throughout her first year of the course which was published monthly in Vet Record.

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?