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E-Petition to End Non-Stun Slaughter Hits 100,000

January 29, 2015

The Government e-petition launched by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and supported by the RSPCA calling for the end of non-stun slaughter to improve animal welfare at the time of death passed its goal of 100,000 signatures today. The news comes on the day that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Animal Welfare Survey of Slaughterhouses [...]

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Study Advances Knowledge of Relatively Unknown Blood Borne Bacteria

January 21, 2015

Haemoplasmas are a group of blood borne bacteria found in a wide range of mammals, including domestic and wild cats, and can cause severe anaemia.  The findings of a new study have significantly advanced researchers’ knowledge of immunity for these pathogens. The study led by researchers at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences [...]


Vet Futures: Guest Blogger Urges the Profession to be more Open About Mental Ill-Health

January 12, 2015

Vet Futures, a jointly powered project from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), is asking members of the profession if they would recognise mental health problems in their colleagues. The question is posed in relation to the second Vet Futures guest blog which, this month, is written by Rosie [...]


Consultation on Veterinary use of Courtesy Title ‘Doctor’

January 5, 2015

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) are launching a consultation on proposals to allow all RCVS-registered veterinary surgeons to use the courtesy title ‘Dr’/‘Doctor’, and are seeking the views of all members of the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions, and the general public. The proposals were raised by RCVS President Stuart Reid at RCVS [...]


Resounding Success for Saddle Research Trust International Conference

December 15, 2014

The 2nd Saddle Research Trust International Conference, held at the end of last month at Anglia Ruskin University, was declared a resounding success. Presenting to a full house of around 400 delegates from varied quarters of the equestrian industry, the world’s leading veterinary and scientific experts examined, discussed and debated the latest research on saddle-related [...]


New Veterinary Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative Launched

December 11, 2014

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has today [11 December] launched the Mind Matters Initiative, to help address mental health and wellbeing issues within the veterinary profession. “Mental Health is a significant issue for the veterinary profession. Most of us have experience of colleagues or ourselves having problems. The Mind Matters Initiative is a [...]


Veterinary Nurses Reminded to Pay Overdue Fees

December 5, 2014

Veterinary nurses who wish to remain on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register/List of Veterinary Nurses are reminded that their renewal fees need to be paid to the College by 31 December 2014. Letters have been sent to 938 registered/listed veterinary nurses whose fees are outstanding, reminding them that the annual renewal fee [...]

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Esaote’s O-scan Equine MRI Scanner Excels in Terms of Effiency and Return on Investment

November 24, 2014

Esaote, the world’s number one leader in veterinary MRI and ultrasound imaging, announces that installations of its self-shielding O-scan Equine MRI units at two major veterinary centres in the USA and Denmark have resulted in resounding success. Testifying to the O-scan’s high performance in terms of image quality, speed, and return on investment. Cor van [...]

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Vets Concerned about Antibiotic Resitance in Pets

November 18, 2014

The scale of vets’ concerns about the threat of antibiotic resistance and what this could mean for their ability to treat infections in pets is revealed in figures released by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) today. 91% of small animal vets are concerned that a consequence of antimicrobial resistance could be the inability to treat [...]

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BEVA Helps Vets to be Vigilant about Atypical Myopathy

November 7, 2014

BEVA is urging all vets to be aware of the clinical signs of equine Atypical Myopathy (seasonal pasture myopathy) following a surge in clinical cases across the United Kingdom. Early recognition and treatment are crucial to give the affected horse any chance of surviving this highly fatal muscle disease. BEVA has provided free online access [...]