BVA Blog


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.


A journey towards environmental sustainability in one veterinary practice

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Ellie West

Ellie West describes the journey which she and her practice have taken towards being a more environmentally sustainable business. She discusses the environmental, business, and personal motivations for this process. 


A President’s reflection: My top 5 highlights as BVA Scottish Branch President

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Melissa Donald

After a brilliant two years as BVA Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald reflects on her term and gives us her top 5 highlights from her time representing members in Scotland. 


Mental Health Awareness Week: It’s ok not to be ok

Posted on May 19, 2019 by Rebecca Molloy

Mental health and the veterinary profession it’s a link we know well. But the words “mental health” still carry negative associations. Here, Rebecca Molloy tells us why it's ok not to be ok, why mental health matters to her, and about the support that's available to us if we need it.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Vet Wellbeing Awards

Posted on May 18, 2019 by Liz Barton

There is a lot of discussion around mental health in the veterinary profession. This in turn has led to increasing awareness of the importance of improving wellbeing at professional, practice and individual levels. The SPVS/Mindmatters Vet Wellbeing Awards are a chance to celebrate the positive steps being taken by practices to support the mental and physical wellbeing of their staff.


Mental Health Awareness Week: How Vetlife supports the veterinary community

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Eve Ritchie

Eve Ritchie, Vetlife's Communication Officer, talks about the support that Vetlife offers the veterinary community and gives ideas on how to give back to the charity.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Mind Matters Initiative

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Lisa Quigley

Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters Initiative Manager, reflects upon MMI’s activities and successes over the past year, and thinks about plans for the rest of 2019 and beyond.