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Recognising and retaining the vital roles that vets play across animal health, animal welfare and public health is pivotal to securing successful outcomes from Brexit, said the British Veterinary Association (BVA) President to a roomful of key influencers at BVA's annual London Dinner in Westminster on 7 February. Speaking on the depth and breadth of the veterinary profession's roles and responsibilities, BVA President Gudrun Ravetz said:“The veterinary family – which is my focus as BVA President – is part of the international scientific community, and we are a diverse profession with far-reaching influence and impact in so many areas of political and public life ... A healthy veterinary workforce is vital for UK animal and human health.”Read more
EU member states should encourage rabbit farmers to phase
out conventional battery cages and replace them with healthier but
affordable alternatives, such as park or pen farming systems, says the
Agriculture Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs argue
that improving rabbits’ welfare and living conditions would help prevent
disease, thus reducing the need for intensive use of antibiotics that
might end up in the human food chain. “The mere fact that after so many years we are finally
talking about minimum standards for the protection of rabbits is a
success. Today we made progress in the right direction, but ideally we
need binding EU rules. The fight for rabbit-specific EU legislation will
continue”, said rapporteur Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL, DE). The draft non-legislative resolution was approved by 29 votes in favour to seven against, with nine abstentions.
An amendment calling for EU legislation on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits was rejected by a single vote (21 in favour, 22 against, two abstentions).
In response to the announcement today (Thursday 2 February) from Defra regarding new legislation around animal establishment licensing in England, Gudrun Ravetz, President of the British Veterinary Association, said:Read more
President Trump signed an executive order on 27 January halting the US refugee programme for 120 days, indefinitely banning all Syrian refugees and suspending the entry of all nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. Vet Hamaseh Tayarihad, who holds an Iranian passport, works at the University of Glasgow and was due to return home from a holiday in Costa Rica via New York, but was told she could not fly to the US because of the order. She and her boyfriend were forced to book flights via Madrid costing £2,600, but a crowd funding appeal by campaign group Women for Independence has raised more than £6,000. They are currently en route to the UK.Read more
The abstract submission for WSAVA/FECAVA 2017 is now open. By submitting an abstract, you will have a chance to present your research findings at one of the largest and most prestigious gatherings of the global veterinary community.
Following reports that Dr Hamaseh Tayari, who holds an Iranian passport, was prevented from flying to the US under President Donald Trump's executive order barring citizens from several countries, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has voiced support for vets across the globe regardless of where they come from.Read more
A chance to get the best of two worlds: CE high quality and Copenhagen ‘dressed up’
From the 25th to the 28th of September 2017 we have the honor of hosting a WSAVA/FECAVA Congress in Copenhagen with an excellent scientific program. In 9 streams for 4 days there is interesting topics for all. Also there are pre-congress seminars you can join.
Date: 24th of September, 2017
Location: University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1870 Frederiksberg C; Hall: A2-70.02
As part of its action to fight antimicrobial resistance, the OIE published its Global Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials. The result of many years’ work on this issue, and of the commitment made by the OIE’s 180 Member Countries through a range of international resolutions, this strategy will help to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobials. It is also in line with the global effort undertaken in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A significant highlight of 2016 was the occasion last September when, for the first time, the three organisations spoke as one at the United Nations General Assembly to gain the commitment of countries to deploy the Global Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance in their own territories.Read more
The Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) has launched a
fund-raising appeal to replace a shed to be used for storing veterinary
supplies sent to thousands of animals in need across the globe.
One of the projects aided by WVS. The charity is raising funds for a new shed, where valuable veterinary supplies are stored ahead of being shipped where they needed.
The charity says it receives calls and emails on a weekly basis from animal charities in the UK and overseas in need of essential veterinary products to help treat the animals in their care. On average, WVS sends out 850 parcels full of veterinary supplies each year to animal charities globally.