BVA Blog


Sustainable animal agriculture: Five minutes with Welsh sheep farmer, Huw Llandre

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Huw Llandre

Huw Llandre discusses the many ways that farmers and vets can work together to make a positive difference for sustainability.


Thinking of getting a new cat? Paws for thought

Posted on August 07, 2019 by Tricia Colville

Vetlife Trustee Tricia Colville highlights some important points to consider when getting a cat.


Talking #teamvet with Theresa

Posted on August 01, 2019 by Simon Doherty

BVA President Simon Doherty recounts his first call with new Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers


The reality of the risks posed by African swine fever and how vets can help

Posted on July 30, 2019 by Christine Middlemiss

UK Chief Vet Christine Middlemiss highlights the risks posed by African swine fever


Making the most of your mental health toolbox in Scotland

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Kathleen Robertson

Being a vet or vet nurse can sometimes be hard, especially on your mental health. BVA Scottish Branch President Kathleen Robertson outlines the mental health toolbox resources available in Scotland


The importance of being a committee member

Posted on July 15, 2019

Policy committee member Sally Everitt explains what it's like being a BVA committee member, and why it's important for the veterinary community


Discrimination in the veterinary profession exists, so why are many colleagues reluctant to believe it?

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Daniella Dos Santos

BVA JVP Daniella Dos Santos discusses our new report on discrimination in the veterinary profession


BVLGBT+ London Pride March 2019

Posted on July 09, 2019 by Dan Makin

BVLGBT+ President Dan Makin reflects on Pride, and the role his organisation has to play in creating an inclusive and non discriminatory veterinary profession 


An insider’s eye on sustainability in fish farming

Posted on July 04, 2019 by Ronnie Soutar

The BVA's position on UK sustainable animal agriculture, which specifically notes the inclusion of aquaculture and sustainability, is a hot topic within Scottish salmon farming. Fish vet specialist Ronnie Soutar gives an expert opinion on sustainability in aquaculture.


You’ll never walk alone – and neither will your patients. Celebrating World Microbiome Day

Posted on June 27, 2019 by Jan S. Suchodolski

When your client last fed their pet, did they realise they were also feeding several trillion bacteria living inside their pet’s gut? To celebrate World Microbiome Day, Jan Suchodolski discusses what we know about the microbiome of pets.


Chewing the fat – taking a fresh look at pet obesity

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Rena Crumplen

Ahead of tomorrow's roundtable debate on facing the facts of pet obesity, VP of R&D at Mars Petcare, Rena Crumplen, explains why it's so important to tackle the issue.


Continued vigilance and joint working are our best defence against Bluetongue

Posted on June 17, 2019 by John Fishwick

BVA Senior Vice President John Fishwick warns against complacency in relation to the infectious diseases currently spreading through Europe, especially bluetongue


A rewarding 2 years in Wales

Posted on June 04, 2019 by Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr has been President of BVA Welsh Branch since June 2017. As she prepares to step down at the AGM on 25 June, she tells us how rewarding her 2 years have been.


A One Health Tango in Paris

Posted on May 31, 2019 by Simon Doherty

Earlier this week, Simon Doherty joined the UK delegation at the 87th OIE General Session in Paris. He tells us about the event, the themes in focus, and how his presentation referenced his presidential theme, One Veterinary Community.


Alabama Rot: An update

Posted on May 31, 2019 by David Walker

David Walker, Head of Medicine at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, gives an update on Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), sometimes called Alabama Rot, the disease characterised by sores or lesions usually on the bottom part of a dog’s legs.


Looking for disease threats – APHA’s role

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Fin Twomey

Fin Tworney, Head of the Surveillance Intelligence Unit at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), explains how APHA works to spot new and emerging disease and encourages vets to get involved.


Veterinary Investigation Officers piecing the animal health puzzle together

Posted on May 29, 2019 by David Harwood

David Harwood, Reader in veterinary field pathology at the University of Surrey, explores how Veterinary Investigation Officers are the crucial link between private veterinary surgeons, farmers, and Government in making disease surveillance breakthroughs.


BVA position on health and disease monitoring - one year on

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Hayley Atkin

One year on since BVA published its position paper on animal health and disease monitoring, BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, looks back on how our recommendations have progressed over the past 12 months.


Client compliance in pet dental care – could understanding oral bacteria help?

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Jens Ruhnau

How many of your clients regularly check their pets’ teeth? Very few people examine their pets’ teeth unless they are carrying out daily homecare, so if they’re anything like the average owner they probably don’t peek in their pet’s mouth very often. If they did, would they know what to look for?


BVA Welsh Branch – Briefing Assembly Members

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Sarah Carr

Our Welsh Branch hosted their annual briefing for Assembly Members on 14 May. BVA Welsh Branch President, Sarah Carr, tells us about the evening.