BVA Blog

Jan
29

The Assured Breeder Scheme and the importance of health screening

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Nick Sutton

The Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme directs puppy buyers towards responsible breeders, but how does this Scheme ensure that its breeders are using the most appropriate health screening for the dogs they breed and what are the benefits of doing so?

Jan
29

The workforce crisis part 6 – What do the results of the ‘Mark’ and ‘Elizabeth’ study mean?

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Christopher T. Begeny

The collaborative research project between the University of Exeter and the British Veterinary Association on workforce issues in the veterinary profession has prompted many questions. In this series of blogs researcher Chris Begeny will explain why their team framed their study as they did and how they interpreted the results.

Jan
28

The importance of eye testing in brachycephalic breeds

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Professor Sheila Crispin

Eye testing brachycephalic dogs should be routine. It helps breeders understand why the foreshortened face can cause substantial welfare problems that have major implications for the dog’s quality of life and what steps can be taken to avoid perpetuating such problems in the offspring.

Jan
24

CHS month: So, your client has been sold a pup?

Posted on January 24, 2019 by Pauline Tolhurst

Pauline Tolhurst – passionate Labrador owner and small animal vet – explains why the Schemes are so important and why it is vital that every hip and elbow radiograph is submitted.

Jan
23

The perils of throwing sticks for your dog

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Daniella Mccready

Dog injuries from sticks can range from cuts and scrapes in a dog’s mouth to infections from stick-splinters and life-threatening injuries. Daniella McCready explores the case of Misty Salt, who was sadly impaled by a stick thrown by her owner.

Jan
21

The workforce crisis part 5 – The design of the 'Mark' and 'Elizabeth' study

Posted on January 21, 2019 by Christopher T. Begeny

The collaborative research project between the University of Exeter and BVA on workforce issues in the veterinary profession has prompted many questions. In this blog researcher Chris Begeny will explain why their team framed their study with 'Mark' and 'Elizabeth'.

Jan
17

BVA Scottish Branch – Meet your newest Branch Council Members

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Melissa Donald

Following an unprecedented amount of interest in BVA Committee vacancies in 2018, Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald, kick starts 2019 by introducing BVA Scotland’s newest appointments to Branch Council.

Jan
17

CHS month: Button the Bernese, living with elbow dysplasia

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Annie Wilson

Dog owner, Annie Wilson, describes what it is like to live with and care for a dog suffering with elbow dysplasia. From major surgery to managing exercise and play, elbow dysplasia can have serious effects on the life of you and your dog

Jan
15

Stricter legislation needed to tackle illegal puppy imports

Posted on January 15, 2019 by Paula Boyden

Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, explains the work of Dogs Trust in investigating abuses of the Pet Travel scheme to illegally import puppies for sale and examines how Brexit could provide us with the opportune moment to tackle the illegal trade.

Jan
11

The workforce crisis part 4 - Why the focus on gender?

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Christopher T. Begeny

The collaborative research project between the University of Exeter and BVA on workforce issues in the veterinary profession has prompted many questions. In this series of blogs researcher Chris Begeny will explain why their team framed their study as they did and how they interpreted the results.

Jan
10

CHS month: Crossbreeds and non-breeding dogs can benefit too

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Daniella Dos Santos

BVA Junior Vice President, Daniella Dos Santos explains why the Canine Health Schemes are relevant for all dogs.

Jan
09

Dog bite injuries and One Health

Posted on January 09, 2019 by Christopher J. Mannion

Christopher J. Mannion, a Consultant and Clinical Associate Professor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust reflects on his ‘One Health’ journey, explaining how he discovered the concept through his work on dog bite injuries and why it is so important to his work. 

Jan
07

CHS month: What exactly is the BVA KC ISDS Eye Examination Scheme?

Posted on January 07, 2019 by Peter Bedford

To ensure that your dog has healthy eyes, particularly for breeding purposes, a routine examination for the presence of inherited problems is necessary - but what exactly does that entail?

Jan
04

What’s coming up for #teamvet in 2019?

Posted on January 04, 2019 by Simon Doherty

Ringing in the new year allows us to reflect and look ahead to the next 12 months. BVA President, Simon Doherty, catches a breath and looks back on the past year’s highlights at BVA.

Jan
03

CHS month: The workings of the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes

Posted on January 03, 2019 by Jerry V. Davies

In a series of blogs, Chief Scrutineer, Dr Jerry V. Davies, will outline the workings of the Canine Health Schemes, how they can help you as a breeder or owner and how the schemes can provide useful health information for your pet dog.

Dec
20

African swine fever: An update

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Duncan Berkshire

African swine fever (ASF) is a devastating and often fatal disease which has been spreading in parts of eastern and central Europe since 2007. Duncan Berkshire, President of the Pig Veterinary Society, gives a update on the current situation.

Dec
19

Why volunteer at Christmas?

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Rosie Allister

Dr Rosie Allister, Vetlife Helpline Manager, outlines why she volunteers over Christmas, and what you can expect if you call the Helpline at this time of year.

Dec
19

How do we bridge the gap between human and animal representation in advertising?

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Charlotte Raynsford

With the launch of BVA’s good practice guidance for the responsible use of pet animals in advertising, Charlotte's thoughts have turned to whether considerations of animal health and welfare in advertising are keeping pace with responsible representations of their human counterparts.

Dec
17

‘Tis the season to be social in Wales

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr, President of BVA Welsh Branch, reflects on the past year and shares her 2018 highlights of Welsh Branch activities.

Dec
13

Alternative veterinary careers: Combining education and research

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Stacey Blease

The most obvious career path for veterinary graduates is practice, but there are a number of other options available. Stacey Blease, AWF trustee, tells us about her journey to becoming Head of Learning and Development at the British Veterinary Nursing Association.