BVA Blog

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
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.