BVA Blog


Agriculture after Brexit… health and harmony?

Posted on March 07, 2018 by Michael Mcgilligan

With the publication of the new Agriculture Command Paper, BVA Policy Officer Michael McGilligan examines what it means for animal health, animal welfare and the veterinary profession. 


Thinking with our heads and our hearts - why we’re supporting #BreedtoBreathe

Posted on March 01, 2018 by Christabel Moseley

Veterinary surgeon Christabel Moseley on why her practice feels it is important to raise awareness about the health and welfare issues faced by brachycephalic dogs – and why it will never take away from vets doing their best by current patients.


The truth about loving a pug

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Kathryn Wale

Companion animal vet Kathryn introduces her much loved pug, Poppy, and discusses the cost - emotional and financial - of owning a brachycephalic breed.


British Veterinary LGBT: Kim's story

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Kim Mohan

To celebrate LGBT History Month, operations support manager Kim Mohan gives her advice to anyone experiencing difficulty with their sexuality or gender identity.


Vets need islands, like islands need vets

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Charlotte Clough

Vets are to be found providing vital services across even the most remote and inaccessible of the smaller, inhabited British Isles and are an essential part of island life. They are one of the key pieces in the jigsaw of services that make these unique island communities remain viable.


British Veterinary LGBT: Samantha's story

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Samantha Payne

To celebrate LGBT History Month, head nurse Samantha Payne talks about her veterinary career and encourages fellow LGBT+ vets and allied professionals to be themselves.


Brachycephalic CT scans – the science behind the shock factor

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Clare Rusbridge And Penny Knowler

You may have seen the CT scans we’ve been using as part of our #BreedtoBreathe campaign. In this blog, Dr Clare Rusbridge and Dr Penny Knowler give us a master class in CT reading and explain exactly what these CT scans mean for the health and welfare of brachycephalic breeds.


Laminitis risk and metabolic diseases in equids

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Andy Durham

For many years it has been known that laminitis occurs in recognisable breeds of horse and pony. Recognition of this risk in certain individuals has led to a better understanding of what it is about these equids that predisposes them to laminitis. Andy Durham explains these risk factors. 


British Veterinary LGBT: Henry's story

Posted on February 08, 2018 by Henry L’Eplattenier

To celebrate LGBT History Month, clinical director Henry L’Eplattenier talks about his veterinary career and encourages fellow LGBT+ vets reach out to others within the community.


Are your people really working for your practice?

Posted on February 06, 2018 by Helen Frewin

We all want to get the most from our teams, so they are working at the best, engaged and fully contributing. Good people management is not a one-off task; it doesn’t need to be onerous, but it does need some purposeful reflection and action.


Managing stress – looking after yourself

Posted on February 02, 2018 by Stuart Haydock

We know stress is a problem in the veterinary profession. So what steps can you take to manage stress? We asked Stuart Haydock, an organisational psychologist at Bupa, for some suggestions.


British Veterinary LGBT: James Whitmore's story

Posted on February 01, 2018 by James Whitmore

To celebrate LGBT History Month, equine vet James Whitmore talks about his veterinary career and encourages fellow vets to be true to themselves and remain proud of who they are.


The Spectator column was a 'joke' - so why is no one laughing?

Posted on January 31, 2018 by John Fishwick

President John Fishwick outlines the action BVA has taken in response to Spectator columnist Melissa Kite's comments on the veterinary profession and the Association itself.


Returning to work after parental leave with confidence and clarity

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Carolyne Crowe

Returning to work can daunting - your return is likely to be filled with mixed emotions and some concerns. Carolyne addresses these feelings and creates a strategy to make a easier return to work.


Colostrum, Colostrum, Colostrum

Posted on January 22, 2018 by John Fishwick

Good colostrum management is key to preventing disease, improving welfare and minimising antibiotic use in farm animals.


Broaching the brachy issue with our clients

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Robin Hargreaves

Robin explains how practices need to engage with their clients on brachycephalic health issues - emphasising our motivation as veterinary professionals to see people have long and rewarding relationships with happy, healthy pets.


Recognising animal welfare as a public good

Posted on January 08, 2018 by John Fishwick

One Health was at the heart of Michael Gove’s speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, at which he set out his vision for farming post-Brexit, and described what he regards as “public goods”. However, animal health and welfare took a back seat.


#BreedtoBreathe - how vets can improve health and welfare of brachy breeds

Posted on January 03, 2018 by Hayley Atkin

With the launch of BVA’s #BreedtoBreathe campaign, BVA Policy Officer Hayley Atkin, blogs about how vets can take action.


‘Tis the season to be jolly…and on call

Posted on December 21, 2017 by John Fishwick

Memories of some of the veterinary emergencies I have been called out to on Christmas day will always live with me.


Volunteering: Give a little, get a lot

Posted on December 05, 2017 by Melissa Donald

Melissa Donald, BVA Scottish Branch President, talks about how volunteers are key to BVA’s success.