BVA unveils new support scheme against online abuse

The BVA has today (December 2) unveiled a new program that it hopes can offer greater protection for veterinary staff from abusive or unfair reviews online. The move comes after the body’s latest Voice of the Veterinary Profession data indicated that half of vets working in clinical practice had recently experienced online abuse. Unfair reviews … Read more

sponsored Unlocking neglected skillsets to create a thriving practice team

Vets have an incredibly diverse set of skills – traditionally, even just to get into vet school, you somehow had to be an overachieving academic, leading your hockey team to victory while volunteering at the local kennel, and simultaneously being an accomplished flautist. Sometimes, it can feel like once you have arrived at graduation, you … Read more

Rave reviews for 2022 London Vet Show

Organizers of the London Vet Show said they were “blown away” by the feedback for 2022’s event, with many hailing it as one of the best editions to date. More than 5,200 delegates, 300-plus speakers and upwards of 320 exhibitors packed the ExCeL London for two days on 17 and 18 November, CloserStill Media has … Read more

‘We can step up for owners’, ex-BVA president tells debate

A former BVA president has called for the profession to put welfare before profit and “step up” to support struggling pet owners through the current economic crisis. Robin Hargreaves’ plea came as one researcher argued that the sector could do more to help clients cope with rising costs, despite fears for the future of some … Read more

‘Revolution, not evolution’ is necessary for EMS – debate

Graduate representatives, together with industry and union leaders, have called for radical change to extra-mural studies (EMS) procedures amid claims the present requirements are unsustainable and potentially exploitative. The pleas were made during a debate at the London Vet Show, which followed the recent publication of RCVS proposals to reform the current system. The college … Read more

PVA says ‘members will shape our agenda’

Supporters of a new veterinary group, which has pledged to put animal welfare first, have been told they will be able to influence the causes that it campaigns on. Officials of the new Progressive Veterinary Association (PVA) said public engagement and support would be critical to the success of its work during a launch event … Read more

Under care reforms could be profession’s ‘Brexit moment’

A vet and academic has warned that proposed reforms to “under care” guidelines risk becoming the veterinary profession’s “Brexit moment”. Iain Richards, a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, delivered the stark message in a robust debate on the issue during the first day of the London Vet Show. RCVS president Melissa Donald … Read more

Weeks left to avert NI protocol ‘catastrophe’, animal health industry group warns

An animal health industry body says there are only a few weeks left to avert a welfare “catastrophe” over the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP). NOAH has added its voice to calls for “meaningful” discussions on the issue, warning that neither the protocol, nor UK Government plans to change it, will solve the problem. Concern has … Read more

Charity in Magic Carpet vow amid funding crisis

A charity helping a group of Afghan veterinary professionals evacuated following the Taliban takeover says it may have to close its animal shelter to keep supporting them. One member of the group moved through the Operation Magic Carpet (OMC) initiative last year said he and his compatriots have been “forgotten” by the UK Government, despite … Read more