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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.
A judge has handed down the longest jail term in RSPCA prosecution history after a man admitted a number of animal welfare and fraud offences relating to the selling of dogs.
Two in five (44%) vets cannot reunite missing or stray dogs with their owners due to incorrect information on the microchip database reveals the British Veterinary Association (BVA) one year on from the introduction of compulsory microchipping for dogs in England, Scotland and Wales (6 April 2016).BVA's Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey found that seven and 10 vets believe that the majority of dogs they see in practice have now been microchipped, in line with the new legislation. However, a microchipped dog that has out of date contact details on the microchipping database means it is very difficult for vets to reunite them with their owners.Read more
The conference “Use of Wild Animals in Circuses: Time for a Change” co-hosted at the European Parliament by Marlène Mizzi MEP (Malta, S&D), the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, and Eurogroup for Animals, sent a clear message to the EU: the public support for using wild animals in circus shows is long gone and the European Commission must act to ban this outmoded and unethical entertainment across all Member States without exception.