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A new survey showing information overload and “too many big words” as top reasons owners give for confusion around their cats’ vaccinations has been described as a “wake-up call” for veterinary teams.
FVE, FECAVA, FOUR PAWS Europe together
Apply now for the Fecava Travel Scholarship 2017, sponsored by Laboklin. This scholarship (2000 €) supports small animal practitioners from different parts of Europe to visit each other’s practices and countries for a few days.
BVA’s ‘Brexit and the veterinary profession’ report was developed and written by the BVA Brexit Working Group, under the chairmanship of Alick Simmons, former UK deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, and was agreed by BVA Council in April. The report builds on BVA’s Brexit Principles, agreed by Council in September 2016, and covers seven far-reaching areas of public policy: veterinary workforce, animal health, animal welfare, food hygiene and safety, veterinary medicines, research and development, and trade. Two further sections of the report consider issue relating to devolution and to Northern Ireland’s unique position as the only part of the UK to share a land border with an EU member state.
The FECAVA board and veterinary directors from 37 countries held their spring Council meeting in Moscow at the occasion of the 25th Moscow Veterinary Congress. Main topics on the agenda included the 2017 strategic plan, reports from the various working groups, the upcoming EuroCongress in Copenhagen and the review of FECAVA’s communication strategy and tools.
As global understanding and concern for animal welfare continues to change, so must the veterinary community evolve to embrace these changes and reflect societal expectations. Animal Welfare is a core mandate of the veterinary community generally and of veterinarians individually. Veterinarians must be engaged, knowledgeable, and prepared to use their skills and expertise in Animal Welfare to assist and support animal caregivers, industry, policy makers and the public to ensure best practices are in place that promote good animal welfare.
FOR too long our nation has been blind to the real impact of extreme dog breeding. That is perfectly illustrated by Albert – the French bulldog used in an advertising campaign to promote this week's Red Nose Day.
Incoming BSAVA President John Chitty wants to build firm foundations for the future of veterinary science, with a vision of holistic support for the whole profession to increase enjoyment of their vocation, as the mantel is passed on by Susan Dawson at the BSAVA Congress AGM.