BVA Blog


Mental Health Awareness Week: Being a Vetlife Trustee

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Tricia Colville

Vetlife Trustee - Tricia Colville - explains why it is important that the veterinary profession supports Vetlife, and how others can get involved with the charity as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Mind Matters

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Stuart Reid

BVA and Vetlife are supporters of the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those in the veterinary team, including students, veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons and practice managers.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Learning to enjoy the here and now

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Nicky Mansell

Nicky Mansell - Young Vet Network representative on BVA Council - discusses the importance of self-care and wellbeing for young vets as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Veterinary wellbeing, a personal blog

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Simon Doherty

Simon Doherty - BVA Junior Vice-President - gives a personal account of his own experiences with mental health as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


An introduction to bovine fertility

Posted on May 15, 2018 by John Dawson

The bovine practitioner is expected to deliver diverse, accurate and innovative fertility treatments - John Dawson introduces bovine fertility to those starting in this area.


Mental Health Awareness Week: What happens when you call the Vetlife Helpline?

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Rosie Allister

Dr Rosie Allister - Vetlife Helpline Manager - explains what you can expect if you call the Vetlife Helpline as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series.


Mental Health Awareness Week: From one vet to another

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Darren Humphrey

Darren Humphrey - Senior Clinician for the Vetlife Health Support team - discusses the support Vetlife can offer the veterinary profession as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series. 


Why BVA needed to say more on animal health and disease monitoring

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

With the publication of the BVA position on veterinary scanning surveillance, BVA Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin unpacks why now is a crucial time for BVA to be speaking out on animal health and disease monitoring.


Are we prepared for a major disease outbreak?

Posted on May 09, 2018 by Les Eckford

Les Eckford, BVA Council representative for Wales, updates on his recent experience of ‘Exercise Blackthorn’, designed to test the UK’s readiness for dealing with a major disease outbreak.


Vets: Stay, Go or Diversify LIVE – reflections on an inspirational weekend

Posted on May 08, 2018 by Simon Doherty

BVA Junior Vice President, Simon Doherty, reflects on his experience at the recent Vets: Stay, Go or Diversify LIVE event.


Disease surveillance - animal health and the border in Ireland

Posted on May 04, 2018 by Simon Doherty

As BVA publishes its vision for disease surveillance across the UK, BVA Junior Vice President, Simon Doherty, explores why an all-island approach to animal health and disease on the island of Ireland is paramount as the UK leaves the EU.


Animal health and disease monitoring - what’s in it for you?

Posted on May 01, 2018 by Kate Sharpe

With the launch of BVA’s position on veterinary scanning surveillance, Chair of the BVA surveillance working group Kate Sharpe dispels the common myths around animal health and disease monitoring (disease surveillance) and spells out what value veterinary surgeons can derive.


BVA Council - through the eyes of a newbie

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Emma Callaghan

Regional Rep for Scotland, Emma Callaghan, experienced her first BVA Council meeting. Emma looks to demystify what goes on at BVA Council and encourage all members, whatever their background or age, to get involved with veterinary politics.


Westminster debates impact of Brexit on veterinary profession in Wales

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Sarah Carr

A Westminster Hall Debate last week explored the possible impact of Brexit on the veterinary profession in Wales, and possible solutions. BVA Welsh Branch President Sarah Carr, who was in the audience, reports back from a very positive exchange.


BVA Scottish Branch 2017-2018: An Ode to our achievements

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Melissa Donald

With the 2018 AGM fast approaching and nearly a full year into her term as Scottish Branch President, Melissa looks back at the achievements of BVA Scottish Branch - a year full of activity, lobbying wins and engagement.


We’re transforming BVA headquarters

Posted on April 09, 2018 by David Calpin

An exciting project is under way to transform BVA headquarters in London to create a modern and welcoming space. Read more about the project and see some initial design images.


Taking a leaf out of our own books: applying the 5 welfare needs to ourselves

Posted on April 06, 2018 by Melissa Donald

Melissa Donald - BVA Scottish Branch President - uses the 5 welfare needs of animals to benchmark wellbeing in the veterinary profession.


Lymphoma and Soft Tissue Sarcoma: a multi-modal approach to two common tumours

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Stephen Baines And Sarah Mason

Small animal practitioners are faced with neoplasia regularly and clients are becoming more willing to consider treatment for pets with cancer. With the rapid growth of specialist oncology services, it can be hard to keep up to date with therapeutic recommendations.


Alabama rot - behind the headlines

Posted on March 26, 2018 by David Walker

Alabama rot has been in the headlines recently. David Walker explains what the disease is and why it remains low risk, as well as preventive measures and symptoms dog owners should look for.


How we set up the East of Scotland Young Vet Network

Posted on March 14, 2018 by Fred Nind And Bill Taylor

Fred and Bill explain how they started the East of Scotland Young Vet Network, and give their top tips for anyone considering setting up a group of their own.