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In Practice provides continuing education material for veterinary practitioners, and is one of our most popular member benefits.

The journal includes regular updates on clinical developments and covers all species – particularly farm and companion animals. It is published ten times a year and members can search the archive for articles dating back to 1979.

BVA grants editorial freedom to the Editor of In Practice. The views expressed in the journal are those of the authors and may not necessarily comply with BVA policy. In Practice is published by BMJ on behalf of BVA.

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Jun
01

Eosinophilic keratitis in horses

by Hartley, C.

Eosinophilic keratitis has been described in horses, cats and rabbits. It can be a frustrating condition for owners, veterinarians and animals. In horses there is often a seasonal element to the condition, but the exact aetiopathogenesis has not yet ...

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Equine
May
01

Managing headshaking in horses: an update

by Roberts, V.

It is not uncommon for equine vets to be asked to examine a horse which is exhibiting headshaking. This article covers my approach to reaching a diagnosis in these cases. I find that trigeminal-mediated headshaking is often the definitive diagnosis, ...

InPractice
Equine
Apr
01

Managing dysmastication in horses: an update

by Reardon, R.

Dysmastication (difficulty in mastication), colloquially referred to as 'quidding', is relatively common in equidae. The condition ranges in severity from mild, causing minor or chronic clinical signs such as slow or selective eating, to severe, resu...

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Equine
Mar
01

Management of twins in horses

by Crabtree, J. R.

Twin pregnancy is a commonly encountered condition in equine reproductive practice which can have devastating effects for the client in respect to the health and future fertility of their mare as well as significant financial implications. In well-ma...

InPractice
Equine
Jan
01

Clients who cannot afford to pay

by Fawcett, A., Chadwick, M.

This series gives readers the opportunity to consider and contribute to discussion of some of the ethical dilemmas that can arise in veterinary practice. Each month, a case scenario is presented, followed by discussion of some of the issues involved....

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Companion Animal
Jan
01

Managing moral distress in practice

by Fawcett, A., Mullan, S.

Moral distress is a type of distress that results from engaging in, or failing to prevent, decisions and actions which conflict with one's personal values and beliefs. Moral distress occurs commonly in veterinary practice. This article describes mora...

InPractice
Companion Animal
Jan
01

Ultrasonography of the larynx in horses: an update

by Garrett, K.

Laryngeal ultrasonography is a useful adjunctive diagnostic technique for investigation of upper airway disorders in horses. A transcutaneous examination can be completed using equipment that is widely available to the practitioner and adds minimal t...

InPractice
Equine
Nov
01

Advice requested via social media

by Knight, A.

THIS series gives readers the opportunity to consider and contribute to discussion of some of the ethical dilemmas that can arise in veterinary practice. Each month, a case scenario is presented, followed by discussion of some of the issues involved....

InPractice
Companion Animal
Nov
01

How to do equine anaesthesia in the field

by McFadzean, W., Love, E.

Anaesthesia in the field is commonly performed in equine practice for short, minor surgical procedures and is a vital skill for equine clinicians. This article focuses on the practicalities of performing general anaesthesia of horses in the field in ...

InPractice
Equine
Oct
01

Mug etiquette

MUGS - our profession is full of them.No, I don't mean the gullible EMS student who believes you when you say that white park cattle have three testicles. Nor do I mean the owner who demands that you revaccinate their dog with a vaccine that has an e...

InPractice
Companion Animal
Oct
01

Comments on the dilemma in the September issue: Performance indicators and prescribing antimicrobials

by Aitken, M.

In the dilemma discussed in the September issue of In Practice, a practice has introduced average amount billed per consultation as a key performance indicator for vets and, since then, a vet has been prescribing antimicrobials in situations in which...

InPractice
Companion Animal
Oct
01

Time: would you like more?

by Crowe, C.

Daily life in practice can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. How many times have you said or heard 'I ran out of time' or 'I don't have time'? If you were given an extra hour each day, what would you do? Would this hour immediately get filled wit...

InPractice
Companion Animal
Oct
01

Managing orthopaedic pain in horses

by Bardell, D.

Pain in horses can be difficult to recognise, this combined with the limited available drugs means providing effective analgesia to horses can be challenging. This article discusses the drugs available for use in horses, their routes of administratio...

InPractice
Equine
Sep
01

Using acupuncture to treat pain in horses

by Schweinitz, D. G. v.

Interest in the use of acupuncture in people and in animals continues to grow, both from the general public and from academic institutions, including many leading western medical and veterinary teaching hospitals. This is despite ongoing debate regar...

InPractice
Equine
Jul
01

Inhalation therapy for equine lower respiratory tract disease

by Pirie, R. S., McGorum, B. C.

The delivery of drugs to horses via the inhalation route is being increasingly adopted as a therapeutic approach in equine practice; predominantly used to treat equine lower airway disease, including, but not restricted to, severe and mild to moderat...

InPractice
Equine
Jun
01

Comments on the dilemma in the May issue: Taking a full lunch break

In the dilemma discussed in the May issue of In Practice, you join an experienced veterinary team and rapidly learn that taking breaks is frowned upon. When members of the team do take breaks, one of the practice partners encourages them to return ca...

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Companion Animal
Jun
01

Dealing with possible criminal cases: giving evidence

by Yeates, J.

Vets play an important role in providing evidence to courts on cases of animal cruelty and abuse. In this article, the third in a series on being involved in potential criminal animal welfare cases, James Yeates discusses the important aspects that v...

InPractice
Companion Animal
Jun
01

Approach to the cryptorchid horse

by Pollock, P.

Cryptorchidism ('hidden testis') is the failure of one or both testes to descend from the developmental position close to the kidney to the normal adult position in the scrotum. The term cryptorchid is used to describe the non-descended testis and, b...

InPractice
Equine