BVA Blog


Mental Health Awareness Week: Working together to improve rural wellbeing in Scotland

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Melissa Donald

BVA Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald, explores how Scottish Branch is working with stakeholders across Scotland to improve mental wellbeing across the country, both for vets and their rural clients.


Mental Health Awareness Week: How you can support the community as a Vetlife Area Representative

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Nina Rossi

Vetlife Area Representatives provide the interface between Vetlife and those members of the veterinary profession, their relatives, and dependents who benefit from its services. They also play a key role in promoting Vetlife within and outside the profession. Here some of the existing Area Reps share their experiences and explain why they find the role so rewarding.


Mental Health Awareness Week: How can vets achieve a good work-life balance?

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Graham Pembrey

Graham Pembrey, Lead Health Editor at Bupa UK, gives us tips for creating a good, healthy balance between work, and life outside it.


The politics of food and sustainability – Where do vets fit?

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Ruth Clements

Ruth Clements, Benchmark’s Head of Veterinary Programmes presented at the BVA Annual Congress to speak about vet’s role in the sustainability of the food chain. Here Ruth gives a summary of the takeaways from her BVA Congress session. 


Sustainable animal agriculture: an opportunity for vets to influence innovation in breeding and technology

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Hayley Atkin

We asked the species specialist veterinary associations how innovative approaches to breeding and technology are being used to improve animal health and welfare, efficiency and mitigate environmental impact in their sectors.


Preparing illegally imported puppies for new homes

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Megan

Megan, a Dogs Trust Canine Carer shares a first-hand account of what it takes to rehabilitate puppies rescued from the horrors of the illegal puppy trade.


Less and Better – a call to value our food

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Sean Wensley

As BVA highlights in its newly-published position on UK sustainable animal agriculture, fewer healthier and happier animals with better productivity have less of a sustainability impact than numerous animals with poorer health and welfare outcomes.


As vets, we can influence responsible puppy buying decisions

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Emma Callaghan

As vets, we are in a prime position to promote responsible puppy buying practices. Our clinics are filled with caring, knowledgeable vet and nurse professionals who can educate clients and the public on breed health, canine health testing and buying a puppy responsibly. 


Thinking of buying a puppy? Here are some top questions to ask breeders to avoid heartache

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Daniella Dos Santos

For National Pet Month, BVA, the Animal Welfare Foundation, and the RSPCA share why anyone thinking of buying a puppy should always use The Puppy Contract and ask several important questions of the breeder first.


Vets speaking up to advance the status of animals within UK sustainable animal agriculture

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Hayley Atkin

The veterinary profession has a crucial role to play in advocating for animal health and welfare as part of the sustainable animal agriculture agenda.


Income protection explained

Posted on April 03, 2019 by Daniel James

If you’re a newly qualified veterinary professional, you’ve probably heard of income protection. This blog will explain what income protection is, and how it’s useful in the event of illness or injury.


Ready, steady, Gove

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Simon Doherty

BVA and the RSPCA caught up with Environment Secretary Michael Gove this week to talk about the #endnonstun campaign and associated asks around welfare at slaughter. Read Simon’s blog reporting back from this key meeting.


#Timeforchange: Thanks to the thousands who shared their experiences

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Daniella Dos Santos

Last month BVA carried out our first ever questionnaire on discrimination in the veterinary professions with a unprecedented response. BVA Junior Vice President, Daniella Dos Santos thanks everyone who got involved.


Transporting livestock from Scotland’s remote and rural areas – A snapshot from the Highlands and Islands

Posted on March 18, 2019 by Freda Scott-Park

BVA Past President and Co-ordinator for the Highlands and Islands Veterinary Services Scheme (HIVSS), Freda Scott-Park, explores the complexities of transporting animals from remote and rural areas in Scotland.


A thumbs-up to The Puppy Contract from both breeders and buyers

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Lisa Hens

RSPCA senior scientific officer and dog welfare expert Lisa Hens worked with the Animal Welfare Foundation to develop The Puppy Contract in a bid to help responsible breeders and better inform buyers.


10 tips for managing stress at vet school

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Rosie Allister

Student life can be brilliant, but it there are potential stresses too, and particular challenges associated with veterinary study. Here are 10 things which can help to manage stress during veterinary training.


Finding the right practice for you

Posted on March 06, 2019 by Lizzie Bewsey-Dyke

Even for an experienced vet, looking for a new job can be daunting but as a new graduate it can be even more overwhelming. Grads to Vets founder, Lizzie Bewsey-Dyke shares her top job-hunting tips for new grads.


British Veterinary LGBT: Hattie's story

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Hattie Smart

To celebrate LGBT History Month, final year vet student Hattie Smart advises that the pathway to achievement is not straight and smooth.


British Veterinary LGBT: Matt's story

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Matt Gurney

To celebrate LGBT History Month, veterinary surgeon Matt Gurney encourages anyone struggling with their sexuality or gender identity to reach out to a trusted friend.


British Veterinary LGBT: Mike's story

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Mike Nikolaou

To celebrate LGBT History Month, small animal practice owner Mike Nikolaou gives his advice to anyone experiencing difficulty with their sexuality or gender identity.