IVC Evidence appoints UK medicine lead

A former BSAVA director of education has taken up a new senior role with a major international practice group. IVC Evidence has appointed Lucie Goodwin as its new UK national medicine lead. The announcement follows a recent series of senior appointments and the firm is also planning to set up a referral board, which will … Read more

IVC Evidensia names new senior director

A former BVA president has been appointed to a new senior role with Europe’s largest veterinary care provider. Daniella Dos Santos has been named as UK director of professional culture, as part of IVC Evidensia’s UK leadership team. Support The move is intended to help shape working practices across the group, which provides care across … Read more

Mars appoints Ian Battersby as global lead on pharmaceutical stewardship

Mars Veterinary Health has appointed Ian Battersby as its responsible pharmaceutical stewardship lead. In his new role, Dr Battersby will guide the development of interventions, strategies, process changes and campaigns to improve responsible pharmaceutical usage across all Mars veterinary clinics worldwide. Subject expert Dr Battersby was previously head of internal medicine at Hertfordshire-based Davies Veterinary … Read more

Dates set for BSAVA Student Congress 2022

Vet students and new graduates from across the UK are being invited to the free BSAVA Student Congress 2022 later this month. The event – organized by Sophie Oliver, senior student representative for the University of Nottingham, with support from fellow Nottingham BSAVA reps and the BSAVA – is running via Zoom on 18 and … Read more

Alison Speakman becomes 65th BSAVA President – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

Alison Speakman has been appointed the 65th President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), taking over from the outgoing President, Sheldon Middleton. Alison has been an active member of the BSAVA since graduating from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1991. She works in small animal practice and has completed a residency … Read more

New BSAVA laparoscopic spaying fact sheet to give clients – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

The BSAVA has published a new factsheet about laparoscopic spaying for pet owners. BSAVA’s client information leaflets are designed to be used as part of the veterinary consultation and provide information to help owners understand what is involved in a procedure or examination, including the reasons for it, the preparation required, any associated risks and … Read more

Welfare fears at plans to restrict drug used for chronic pain

Vets fear proposals to restrict a key treatment used for chronic pain in dogs and cats to humans only could hit animal welfare. While myriad licensed vet analgesic medications are available and prescribed, human antiviral amantadine is also used by vets because no licensed product is available for the treatment of central sensitization – a … Read more

New BSAVA collection to help hedgehogs

BSAVA has released a new collection of resources to help veterinary professionals treat hedgehogs in practice. The collection’s publication coincides with Hedgehog Awareness Week (1 to 7 May), which aims to highlight the ongoing plight of hedgehogs and what the veterinary profession can do to help. Legal questions A variety of materials from CompanyBSAVA Congress … Read more

Pet owners turning to ‘black market’ drugs

Cash-strapped pet owners are increasingly turning to the black market to illegally source veterinary treatments. The VMD has confirmed it has seen an increase in “illegal sourcing of veterinary medicines”, while vets have spoken out about clients rejecting their recommended treatments because they can source similar options online. The BVA is concerned by reports owners … Read more

WSAVA launches scholarship in memory of Michael Day

A worldwide veterinary student scholarship fund has been created by the WSAVA in memory of Michael Day. Emeritus Professor Day held various roles in the association, founded its one health committee in 2010 and chaired the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) from 2009 until March 2020, just two months before his death. Open to veterinary … Read more