BVA Blog


A Grand Day Out! BVA Scottish Branch at the Royal Highland Show

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Melissa Donald

BVA Scottish Branch President, Melissa Donald, gives us a rundown of her time representing BVA at the Royal Highland Show and some crucial stakeholder engagement on behalf of Scottish members.


5 reasons why you should apply to be on a BVA Committee

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Matthew Erskine

With the opening of applications for new members of BVA Committees, BVA Scottish Branch Council Recent Graduate rep, Matthew Erskine, tells us why vets across the profession should seize this opportunity to get involved. 


Veterinary Photographer of the Year - top tips for wildlife photography

Posted on July 23, 2018 by David Tipling

David Tipling, one of the world’s most widely published wildlife photographers and judge for BVA's Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition, shares his top tips for wildlife photography.


Paper not required – submit online to our Canine Health Schemes

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Dr Jerry V. Davies

With the recent launch of online submissions for the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Canine Health Schemes (CHS), I wanted to take a moment to explain the importance of the schemes and how the new online submissions process will benefit you as a practice vet.


#ChooseAssured campaign - what’s it all about?

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

As BVA launches its #ChooseAssured campaign, Policy Officer, Hayley Atkin, explores why BVA is celebrating farm assurance schemes and how you can use our UK farm assurance schemes infographic to find out more about their work to protect animal health and welfare.


#ChooseAssured - voting for animal welfare at checkouts

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Sean Wensley

There’s a saying that our meals give us 3 votes every day. Sean Wensley explains how the new #ChooseAssured campaign can help inform consumers and signpost the public towards schemes that promote higher animal welfare. 


Understanding cruciate disease in dogs

Posted on July 18, 2018 by James Grierson And Karl Jones

Cruciate disease is well known to be the most common cause of lameness and stifle joint osteoarthritis in dogs. Vets see dogs with cruciate disease on a regular basis, diagnosis can be challenging and there is a minefield of different techniques for managing cruciate disease.


Top tips to optimise your final year

Posted on July 12, 2018 by David Charles

"Doing the job, but with training wheels on." AVS president, Dave Charles, reflects on his first 3 months of rotations and some lessons he and his year have learnt since making the jump from classrooms to clinics.


London Pride - marching together

Posted on July 03, 2018 by Dan Makin

Dan Makin, Vice-President of BVLGBT+, shares the significant headway made by the association to raise awareness of equality and diversity within the workplace.


Pugs on Film - the problems of Pugmania in the media

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Rowena Packer

Animal welfare scientist Rowena Packer discusses how, in the face of positive media attention, we need to focus on the facts surrounding brachycephalic health and turn the tide on Pug popularity.


Gamebird sector posts commendable antibiotic-use reductions

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Philip P Hammond

Following a joined-up initiative last year by a range of stakeholders, the gamebird sector has achieved a 36% reduction in antibiotic use in just one year, with the use of antibiotics in game feeds falling by an impressive 53%.


Enter the 2018 Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Tara Schwenk

Following the success of the past years’ competitions, we have launched the third Veterinary Photographer of the Year Competition and are inviting members to submit entries in the run up to World Photography Day on 19 August.


Creating a good environment at work

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Graham Pembrey

How we feel in our working environment isn’t just about the physical space we operate in and the equipment we have to hand. A greater factor in our wellbeing is the people who we work alongside, and how well we support one another.


What’s vet school life like?

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Katie Roberts

Cambridge veterinary student, Katie Roberts, shares her top tips for surviving and thriving in vet school.


What students need to know about EMS

Posted on June 08, 2018 by Rebecca Grace

Liverpool veterinary student, Rebecca Grace, shares her top tips for students for EMS, as well as how to find EMS placements.


Regional representatives - who are they and why should you care?

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Amelia Findon

Amelia Findon, Head of Policy and Governance, explains how members can get in touch with their regional representatives, and why this vital role is so important for representation.


What insurance do I need on my EMS?

Posted on June 04, 2018 by Pete Lishman

A veterinary practice isn’t a risk-free environment - so it’s best to make sure you have the right insurance protection in place whilst on EMS. Our insurance partners Lloyd & Whyte, have broken down the recommended cover that you’ll need and who needs to arrange it.


Surveillance - nothing to do with small animal vets, right?

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Daniella Dos Santos

BVA EWAP Chair and surveillance working group member - Daniella Dos Santos - tells us why small animal vets should not underestimate what they bring to the table when it comes to animal health and disease monitoring or ‘disease surveillance’. 


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.