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BSAVA Congress News Archive
FIVP launches new podcast
29th May 2024
The Federation of Independent Veterinary Practices (FIVP) is launching a new bi-weekly podcast series.

'Practice Matters', hosted by business development manager Ian Wolstenholme, will feature discussions with guests about key topics, different insights and useful ideas which interest those in independent practice.

A teaser has already been released on FIVP's website and Spotify, with regular episodes every other Tuesday from 4 June.

Reporting service for dead wild birds updated
15th May 2024
The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here.
Cold-water dip to raise funds for Vetlife
24th April 2024
The veterinary mental health charity Vetlife is inviting the veterinary community to join it for a sponsored cold-water dip.

The event will take place at Walpole Bay, Margate, on 17 May during Mental Health Awareness Week. Participants of all abilities can join in the challenge and are advised to bring a towel, a hot drink, a snack, and warm clothes to get changed into afterwards.

Those taking part are being asked to try to raise £100 each to support the work of the charity.

Details about how to take part can be found here.
RCVS Knowledge appoints Veterinary Evidence editor-in-chief
17th April 2024
RCVS Knowledge has welcomed Professor Peter Cockcroft as editor-in-chief for Veterinary Evidence.

A world-renowned expert in evidence-based veterinary medicine, Prof Cockcroft will lead the strategic development and editorial quality of the open-access journal. He was previously in the role from 2017-2020.

Katie Mantell, CEO of RCVS Knowledge, said: "We are excited about the extensive knowledge of evidence-based veterinary medicine and clinical veterinary research that Peter brings, and we look forward to working with him over this next phase of the journal's development."
Rabbit Awareness Week set to return this summer
2nd April 2024
Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is returning this summer, running from 24-28 June 2024. The theme for this year will be 'Healthy Diet, Happy Bunnies'.

The focus on rabbits' diet comes after the most recent PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report report revealed that 42 per cent of veterinary professionals identified inappropriate diet as one of the five most important rabbit welfare issues that need to be address.

The campaign will include veterinary blogs, videos, and digital waiting room resources. Practices can sign up to receive updates about RAW.
Vets to run marathon for World Animal Protection
20th March 2024
Two recently graduated veterinary surgeons will be running the London Marathon in April to raise money for the charity World Animal Protection.

Alex Bartlett and Maeve O'Neill plan to run the race together if they are given the same start times.

Dr O'Neill said: "You're always limited in what you can do to help animals, so it is nice to raise money for a charity that helps animals around the world."

Dr Bartlett added: "I have never run a marathon before and am excited to run my first one for such a good cause!"

Both Dr Bartlett and Dr O'Neill have fundraising pages online.
Pet Blood Bank announces twists to annual fundraiser
14th March 2024
Pet Blood Bank has revealed that its annual fundraiser, 'Around the Coast in 30 Days', will now include mini challenges.

It is the fourth year of the challenge, which asks people to walk, run, swim or cycle a part of a 11,232 mile goal.

However this year's fundraiser, starting 1 May, includes extra challenges throughout the month. Pet Blood Bank says these tasks will showcase its work.

The challenge can be completed individually, or as a team, with miles recorded on the participant's fundraising page.

Register here.
BSAVA issues new guide to heartworm
5th March 2024
The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has produced a new Scientific Information Document on Dirofilaria immitis (commonly known as heartworm).

The document provides veterinary professionals in small animal practice with information about the transmission, diagnosis, treatment and management, and prevention of the condition.

The number of heartworm cases is increasing in the UK, although it is not currently endemic. Most cases involve dogs that have spent time abroad in regions such as southern and eastern Europe.

The document is available online alongside other Scientific Information Documents in the BSAVA Library.
Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets
26th February 2024
The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates."
Chris Tufnell steps down as Fellowship chair
12th February 2024
Dr Chris Tufnell has announced that he will stand down as chair of the RCVS Fellowship Board.

Dr Tufnell, who was elected to the role in 2022, said he made the decision due to an increased workload and staffing challenges. He will be focusing on his work as an equine clinician.

There will be an election to replace Dr Tufnell in the summer. Until then, Fellowship vice-chair Dr Niall Connell will be interim chair.

Alison Hammond to host For the Love of Dogs
31st January 2024
Alison Hammond will present the new series of For the Love of Dogs, ITV has announced.

The series, previously hosted by the late Paul O'Grady, follows the rescue animals cared for by Battersea.

Ms Hammond said: "I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul in this wonderful series, but if I can continue to shine a light on the brilliant work done at Battersea and help to tell the stories of these beautiful dogs, then it will be an absolute privilege to give it my all."
BVA calls on minister to act over shock collars
18th January 2024
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to Lord Douglas-Miller at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), about the lack of action in Parliament to finalise a ban on using hand-controlled electric shock collars on cats and dogs.

In the letter, BVA president Anna Judson wrote: 'Although it is due to come into force on 1 February 2024, and has been carried over into the current parliamentary session, it has yet to be allocated parliamentary time in the House of Commons.'

A Defra spokesperson said: "We remain committed to delivering our pledge to ban the use of hand-controlled electric shock collars. Parliamentary business will be announced in due course."