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Annual vet visits ‘crucial’ to farm animal health and welfare
"For the first time the Government in England is recognising animal health and welfare as a public good that will attract public funds" - BVA president, James Russell.

BVA responds to Agricultural Transition Plan update.

BVA president James Russell has responded to the Government's updated Agriculture Transition Plan, stating that annual vet visits will be a ‘crucial first step’ in improving farm animal health and welfare.

Under the update announced on Wednesday (30 June), environment secretary George Eustice pledged to fund a yearly veterinary visit to eligible farms through the Annual Health and Welfare review.

The move is designed ‘to better understand the health and welfare of the national herd and flock and help to target future support in the right way.’

Responding, BVA president James Russell said: “The real win here is that for the first time the Government in England is recognising animal health and welfare as a public good that will attract public funds.
 
“The annual vet visits will be a crucial first step in delivering the ultimate aim of improving the health and welfare of the nation’s herds and flocks. It’s essential that the programme builds on, and strengthens existing farmer-vet relationships. "

He continued: “We know there are some animals that currently have no access to veterinary healthcare and we welcome this opportunity to reach those farms so we can bring veterinary value to improving health, welfare and productivity. 
 
“There is much more detail to be worked out and BVA is actively working with government and farmers to co-design what this looks like in practice. We welcome this first step that will help us to understand the bigger picture on health and welfare so we can target our efforts to make improvements on priority diseases.”

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.