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The President and the press

Posted on September 18, 2015 by John Blackwell

I’m starting to reflect on the year, the challenges that have come onto the horizon, and one such challenge that the President is involved in week-in-and-week-out is dealing with the media.


Rags to riches

Posted on September 09, 2015 by Sean Wensley

I don’t read Vogue enough to know whether it commonly carries articles on animal welfare, but I suspect not. That’s why today’s – “H&M makes new animal welfare commitment” - jumped out.


Do you know someone who could be our future President?

Posted on August 13, 2015 by John Blackwell

It seems like two minutes ago that I took a phone call from Peter Jones, the then President of BVA, to ask me if I would accept the nomination from the Electoral College to stand for the position of Junior Vice President


One Health: The vet will see you now

Posted on July 17, 2015

At the end of one of my consultations earlier this week a client commented that they had listened to a Radio 4 programme that morning comparing the provision of health services through private veterinary practice and the service we, as humans, can expect from our healthcare providers.


Defra’s big data project must have surveillance input

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Robin Hargreaves

Last week I was in a very mixed audience to listen to a speech delivered by Liz Truss, Secretary of State at Defra, where she set out a vision for moving urban digital technologies more into the rural economy to close the reported 17% productivity gap between the rural and urban economy.


Discussing diclofenac at FVE’s General Assembly

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Sean Wensley

BVA’s Overseas Group continue to take an active interest in the recent licensing of diclofenac in Spain and Italy, with concerns for populations of wild European vultures.


Separating sadness from guilt

Posted on June 04, 2015

Recent media interviews I have been involved in have been focusing on the increasingly complex interventions that are carried out at all levels of veterinary practice and the inevitable greater associated costs.


Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) Bill - fingers crossed for tomorrow's ballot

Posted on May 27, 2015 by John Blackwell

Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) Bill - fingers crossed for the ballot of the House of Lords taking place tomorrow afternoon.


The reporting role of vets in the microchipping legislation

Posted on April 27, 2015

We have less than 12 months until the beginning of compulsory microchipping of dogs in England. Microchipping and the drafting of the regulations has been a regular entry in my meeting diary throughout my term as a BVA Officer.


Update on Veterinary Delivery Partnership subcontractor arrangements

Posted on April 14, 2015 by John Blackwell

I  have today emailed members with an update giving further information on  the VDP arrangements. Those members who practise in Wales and wish to subcontract are now likely to have signed contracts. Potential subcontractors in England will be receiving their contracts imminently.


IVOC 2015: the future of the profession

Posted on April 10, 2015 by John Blackwell

Recently I attended this year’s meeting of the International Veterinary Officers Coalition (IVOC), hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association in Las Vegas. A key theme discussed was the future of the veterinary profession.


Gearing up for our e-petition debate in Westminster

Posted on February 20, 2015 by John Blackwell

The HM Government e-petition set up last April has surpassed the requisite 100,000 signatures in January and a debate has been secured in Westminster Hall on this very issue next Monday (23 February).


A manifesto for all of us

Posted on February 09, 2015 by John Blackwell

This week we hosted a very successful BVA London Dinner, which affords us a platform to engage and discuss key issues. A generous helping of MPs from across the political spectrum attended along with many of the leaders of the various stakeholders from government departments, animal welfare organisations, and the wider food, agri, and medicines industries.


A colourful start to the year

Posted on January 22, 2015

This week kicked off with a radiance of colour within the BVA offices.


Another year over, a new one just about to begin

Posted on December 19, 2014 by John Blackwell

I can’t believe that 2014 is almost over, and I can’t believe I have been in post as your proud President for almost 3 months.


What does the future hold for the veterinary profession?

Posted on December 11, 2014 by John Blackwell

“Time flies when you’re having fun” or so the adage goes, and that is certainly true when you fill your day with BVA business.


Antibiotics, slaughter, and Ebola – all part of the new job....

Posted on October 16, 2014 by John Blackwell

Just coming to the end of my first two weeks in office as I head home before going just up the road to the BVNA Congress in Telford.


Time to say goodbye...

Posted on September 21, 2014

Back on the east coast Leeds to London for the last time as President. I have been incredibly fortunate that my colleagues in the practice have allowed to more or less disappear for a year and I would like to record here the enormous gratitude I feel.


The end is nigh

Posted on August 09, 2014 by Robin Hargreaves

It's hard to credit that it has been a month since my last blog and I apologise for the hiatus. July was as busy a time as I have had in my period of office I think.  


3 countries and a graduation

Posted on July 29, 2014

That was a pretty busy week. There have been many proud moments this year and this week was a real doozy.