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BSAVA publishes WSAVA Animal Welfare Global Guidelines
The guidelines help vets to tackle the moral issues and ethical dilemmas which impact welfare.
Guidelines bridge differing perceptions of welfare across the world

The BSAVA has published the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA) Animal Welfare Guidelines to encourage its members to “adopt best practice and set the highest standards”.

The Animal Welfare Global Guidelines for Companion Animal Practitioners and the Veterinary Team feature in the May issue of the Journal of Small Animal Practice, the official scientific journal of the BSAVA and the WSAVA.

First launched during WSAVA World Congress 2018, the guidelines aim to bridge differing perceptions of welfare around the world and help vets to tackle the moral issues and ethical dilemmas which impact welfare. They also include guidance to ensure that vets can advocate for their psychological, social and environmental wellbeing.

“The BSAVA is very supportive of the comprehensive approach taken by the WSAVA Animal Welfare Guidelines Group,” commented BSAVA President Sue Paterson. "They not only promote the understanding of contemporary animal welfare concepts and related science but also provide important guidance on addressing potential animal welfare challenges across diverse global cultures.”

WSAVA president Shane Ryan added: “As veterinarians, our responsibility extends far beyond the physical health of our patients. Animal welfare as a science is a new and rapidly developing discipline and veterinarians need current, evidence-based information to enable them to maintain the highest welfare standards and to provide knowledgeable, accurate advice for pet owners and communities.

“Our new Guidelines provide recommendations, checklists and other tools to promote optimal levels of welfare throughout the veterinary visit. They also offer guidance on increasing welfare beyond the doors of the clinic through outreach activities.”

He continued: “As levels of pet ownership increase in many regions of the world, including Asia, it is essential that veterinarians champion animal welfare and the WSAVA hopes that these new Guidelines will encourage our members to adopt best practice and set the highest standards.”

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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Nominations are now open for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, which is the first of its kind. It is open to all vets registered with the RCVS in the first eight years of their careers, working in any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics. Organisers are looking for an ‘exceptional young vet’ whose work has benefitted the veterinary community or the workplace.

The awards are open for self-entry and nominations by 1 August 2019. The winner will be announced at London Vet Show on 14 November 2019, where a £1000 cash prize will be awarded, alongside a ‘career enhancing experience’ with Zoetis.