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Guidance To Help Employers Stay Legal When Sending Veterinary Staff To Farms

BVA To support veterinary employers, employees and farmers to achieve better safety when working together on farms the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has produced guidance to help all parties unders...
Posted: Saturday 7th March, 2015. 08:28:55

BVA Welcomes RCVS Decision On Vets’ Use Of ‘Doctor’ Title

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) today welcomed the decision by the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to permit veterinary surgeons in the UK to use the courtesy title...
Posted: Friday 6th March, 2015. 15:38:00

New BVA Council Representatives Elected

BVA New British Veterinary Association (BVA) Council representatives have been elected for Scotland and the South-West and North-West regions. In the North-West Stephanie Walsh and in the South-West Ni...
Posted: Wednesday 4th March, 2015. 14:55:29

BVA Calls On Government To End Non-stun Slaughter On Day Of Parliamentary Debate

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA), supported by the RSPCA, calls on the Government to end non-stun slaughter on the day of a Parliamentary debate on an e-petition relating to ending non-stun sl...
Posted: Monday 23rd February, 2015. 21:43:58

BVA Welcomes Welsh Government’s Clarification On Timetable For Dog Microchipping

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and its Welsh Branch welcome the announcement from Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, that clarifies the Welsh Government’s timetable for the...
Posted: Monday 23rd February, 2015. 20:41:00

BVA Welcomes Scottish Government Review Of Exotic Pet Trade

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA), together with its Scottish Branch and the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), has welcomed the Scottish Government’s review of the exotic pet trade...
Posted: Monday 23rd February, 2015. 20:29:43

Britain Bursting With Unwanted Pets - Discussion Forum Looks At Legislative Loopholes

BVA Loopholes in animal welfare legislation could be the cause of a rise in unwanted, neglected and sick animals, vets at the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) annual Discussion Forum in June will claim. ...
Posted: Monday 23rd February, 2015. 20:28:12

Vets Call For Strong Welfare Enforcement As 4 In 10 See Cats With Airgun Injuries

BVA 4 in 10 vets have seen cats with airgun injuries in the last year, with many of these animals seriously injured as well as dying from their wounds, a British Veterinary Association (BVA) survey shows....
Posted: Friday 13th February, 2015. 17:23:17

New President For BVA Northern Ireland Branch

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) Northern Ireland Branch has elected Simon Doherty as its new President. As part of the network of regional and specialist divisions the branches in the devo...
Posted: Thursday 5th February, 2015. 18:17:48

E-petition To End Non-stun Slaughter Hits 100,000 As FSA Figures Show Increase In Non-stun

BVA The Government e-petition launched by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and supported by the RSPCA calling for the end of non-stun slaughter to improve animal welfare at the time of death passe...
Posted: Thursday 29th January, 2015. 13:28:11

Mildmay Veterinary Centre In Winchester Achieves Coveted 'Hospital' Status

Mildmay Veterinary Centre Mildmay Veterinary Centre in Winchester has become the first veterinary practice in the city to be awarded 'Hospital' status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). This prestigious accre...
Posted: Monday 5th January, 2015. 09:49:17

Lone MP Andrew Rosindell Blocks Popular Wild Animal Circus Ban Bill

Animal Defenders International Anne the elephant A backbench bill championed by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to bring in a popular ban on the use of wild animals in circuses has been blocked once again by Conservativ...
Posted: Friday 17th October, 2014. 16:33:15

Animal Loving MPs Speak Up For Animal Welfare

Pup Aid (From left to right) Stuart Vernon, Marc Abraham, Rebecca Weller presenting PupAid’s petition to 10. Downing St yesterday before their Commons debate. House of Commons debate encourages progres...
Posted: Tuesday 9th September, 2014. 20:55:09

98% Of Vets Say Owner Consult 'Dr Google', With 80% Seeing Pets Brought In Too Late

BVA A nationwide survey of vets by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveals that 98% of respondents believe their clients’ behaviour is influenced by what they find online. Four in ten vets said t...
Posted: Monday 18th August, 2014. 10:12:56

Positive Response From Government As Slaughter Petition Reaches 66,000 Signatures

BVA The campaign to end non-stun slaughter and provide consumers with better information about the welfare of animals at slaughter has received a positive response from Ministers. Responding to the Bri...
Posted: Wednesday 11th June, 2014. 19:05:40

BVA Welcomes RCVS Decisions On 24/7 Emergency Care And Postgraduate Postnominals

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the commitment to provide clarity on the obligation on veterinary surgeons to provide 24/7 emergency care, agreed by the veterinary regulator yest...
Posted: Friday 6th June, 2014. 09:21:21

"Halal" Labelling Won't Help Animal Welfare, BVA Tells Party Leaders

BVA Calls to label meat products with information about animal welfare at slaughter must not be hijacked by prejudice, according to the British Veterinary Association, which has been campaigning for an en...
Posted: Tuesday 13th May, 2014. 20:05:54

BVA Launches Petition To End Non-stun Slaughter

BVA The campaign to end non-stun slaughter to improve animal welfare at the time of death has been stepped up with the launch of a government epetition by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), with th...
Posted: Wednesday 30th April, 2014. 20:49:51

Regulation For Vet Nurses Welcome But Draft RCVS Charter Too Broad, Say BVA

BVA Proposals for a new Royal Charter for the veterinary profession’s regulatory body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), are too broad and need further consideration according to the Britis...
Posted: Monday 10th February, 2014. 21:08:35

BVA Vets Call For Ban On Pet Primates

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is today calling on the Government to introduce a ban on the keeping of primates as private pets. Vets at the BVA have been considering the potential welfar...
Posted: Tuesday 14th January, 2014. 21:15:07

Pig Swill Campaign Underestimates Potential Health Risk

BVA Celebrity campaigners championing the use of swill as an environmentally-friendly food source for pigs are underestimating the disease risks which saw the practice banned, say vets at the British Vete...
Posted: Thursday 21st November, 2013. 18:17:48

BVA Tells DARD To Put Vets At The Heart Of Expansion At Annual NI Dinner

BVA Vets must be at the heart of initiatives to expand the food supply chain in Northern Ireland, according to the President of the British Veterinary Association as he delivered a speech to guests at the...
Posted: Wednesday 9th October, 2013. 20:57:06

Brian Blessed To Join ADI Films At ‘Lion Ark’ World Premiere, Raindance Film Festival, October 1st, 4pm At Vue Piccadilly, London

Animal Defenders International ADI Films is delighted to announce that legendary actor Brian Blessed will be introducing the world premiere of ‘Lion Ark’ at the Raindance Film Festival. The screening will take place on October 1st,...
Posted: Tuesday 10th September, 2013. 21:32:28

Risks Of Buying A Pet Online Exposed And Minimum Standards Launched With Defra Backing

BVA A puppy offered in a ‘swap for a mobile phone’ and a ‘fighting dog with big teeth’ are just two examples of the worst online pet advertisements being highlighted today by the Pet Advertising Advis...
Posted: Wednesday 4th September, 2013. 20:52:17

Edge Area Strategy A Sensible Approach To Bovine TB

BVA Veterinary associations have welcomed the announcement of an ‘edge area’ strategy to help stop the spread of bovine TB from high risk to low risk areas within the UK as a sensible approach. Defra h...
Posted: Wednesday 21st August, 2013. 09:05:02

ADI Reveals Return Of Big Cat Act To English Circus

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) has today revealed that big cats are performing in an English circus once more. A new lion and tiger act presented by Thomas Chipperfield has joined Jolly’s Circus...
Posted: Tuesday 20th August, 2013. 08:42:08

Pedigree Dogs Exposed - 5 Years On...

RSPCA It’s 5 years since Pedigree Dogs Exposed, the documentary which uncovered the animal welfare scandal facing pedigree dogs due to way they’re bred, aired on the BBC. So what's been done to improve the ...
Posted: Tuesday 20th August, 2013. 08:34:28

Vet Associations Cautious As TB Tendering Plans Revealed

BVA Veterinary associations have reacted cautiously to the announcement by AHVLA outlining details of a new model for the supply of veterinary services to be implemented from mid-2014, ending the uncertai...
Posted: Tuesday 6th August, 2013. 20:55:06

Dog Control: Prevention Better Than Punishment, Say Vets

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reiterated its call for preventive action to deal with the problem of out of control dogs, as the Government announces a consultation on increasing penalti...
Posted: Tuesday 6th August, 2013. 20:45:05

Consideration Of “All-Island” Approach To Animal Circuses In Ireland Welcomed By Campaign Partners

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) have today welcomed the news that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will “investigate the possibility of an “All...
Posted: Thursday 25th July, 2013. 15:31:28

BCF Technology Release New Bovine Foetal Sexing Quick Guide

BCF Technology BCF bovine foetal sexing guide As part of BCF’s continued commitment to providing learning to the veterinary industry, BCF have now released a new bovine foetal sexing quick guide as a free dow...
Posted: Thursday 25th July, 2013. 15:05:36

NAVS Calls On The Government To Stop The Secret Suffering Of Animals In UK Laboratories As Latest Figures On Animal Experiments Released

National Anti-Vivisection Society The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is calling on the Government to fulfil its commitment to reduce the number of animals used for research following the publication of the 2012 ‘Statistics o...
Posted: Thursday 18th July, 2013. 22:03:50

ADI Opposes Call By EFRA To Water Down Promised Wild Animal Circus Ban

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) has today expressed its profound disappointment that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA), in their report on the draft Wild Animals in Circuse...
Posted: Wednesday 10th July, 2013. 21:02:41

EFRACom Proposals On Circus Animals Rejected - Joint Statement

BVA Joint statement from the British Veterinary Association, Born Free Foundation and Captive Animals' Protection Society A select committee report released this morning on the UK Government’s proposal...
Posted: Wednesday 10th July, 2013. 21:00:57

BVA President Champions Vet Role In Surveillance And Welfare In Wales

BVA The President of the British Veterinary Association has stressed the need for the veterinary profession to be involved in decisions about the future of veterinary surveillance and AHVLA in Wales at th...
Posted: Tuesday 2nd July, 2013. 21:37:10

Welsh Assembly Pledges Support For Wild Animal Circus Ban

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) is delighted that the Welsh Assembly has pledged support for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. This follows the Coalition Government unveiling a Bill, ...
Posted: Tuesday 25th June, 2013. 11:08:05

“End Of An Era” As Irish Circus Says Goodbye To Its Big Cat Acts

Animal Defenders International In what has been described as “The end of an era”, the owner of Duffy’s Circus has announced that lions and tigers will not be performing with the circus for the rest of the season, and are unlikely t...
Posted: Monday 24th June, 2013. 20:48:04

Wales Puts Dog Welfare Back At Top Of Agenda

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has strongly welcomed the latest move by the Welsh Government to introduce new dog breeding legislation to enhance animal welfare and tackle puppy farming. ...
Posted: Wednesday 12th June, 2013. 17:49:31

Antibiotic Resistance A Key Issue At G8

BVA Commenting on reports that Science Minister David Willetts will use the G8 Science Meeting of science ministers to raise the issue of antimicrobial resistance, Peter Jones, President of the British Ve...
Posted: Wednesday 12th June, 2013. 17:48:36

Final Call To Sign Petition That Aims For Mandatory CCTV In Slaughterhouses

World Horse Welfare The UK’s leading horse charity has been campaigning for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses since the shocking Sky News footage of horses being beaten appalled viewers in January. Horses were subject...
Posted: Monday 10th June, 2013. 20:33:49

Badger Cull Pilots The Right Scientific Approach, Says BVA

BVA As the open season for shooting badgers begins on 1 June, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is reiterating its support for the planned badger cull pilots as part of the overall bovine TB eradic...
Posted: Friday 31st May, 2013. 11:02:31

Vets Echo MPs' Call For Dog Control Notices

BVA Veterinary associations have welcomed the cross-party Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (EfraCom) response to the Government’s draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill, which calls for...
Posted: Friday 17th May, 2013. 11:19:30

BVA Disappointment At Welsh Government Dangerous Dogs Climb Down

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reacted with disappointment at the decision by the Welsh Government to suspend its planned legal changes to control dangerous dogs which may indicate a shi...
Posted: Friday 3rd May, 2013. 10:39:04

Vets Celebrate Compulsory Dog Microchipping In Wales

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warmly welcomed the Welsh Government announcement that all dogs in Wales must be microchipped from 1 March 2015. The decision follows compulsory microchipp...
Posted: Friday 26th April, 2013. 12:41:11

Call For Transparency On Animal Research For World Day For Laboratory Animals, 24 April

National Anti-Vivisection Society On World Day for Laboratory Animals, 24 April, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), joined by celebrity supporters and MPs, are calling for greater transparency and for the Freedom of Informa...
Posted: Tuesday 23rd April, 2013. 12:05:33

Vets Celebrate End Of Wild Animals In Circuses

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has strongly welcomed the announcement that the use of wild animals in travelling circuses will soon be banned. A draft Bill to ban the use of wild animals ...
Posted: Tuesday 16th April, 2013. 12:28:35

UK Government Set To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses From December 2015

Animal Defenders International Investigations of cruelty and suffering of animals in circuses by Animal Defenders International (ADI) over the past twenty years have changed public attitudes and ADI welcomes today’s announcement by...
Posted: Tuesday 16th April, 2013. 10:51:11

Organic Industry Must Get Off Fence And Oppose Badger Cull Says Wildlife Charity Care For The Wild

Care For The Wild International Pledging to stay clear of cull farms would benefit sector morally & financially: Care for the Wild Organic food companies need to make a stand and refuse to use products from badger-cull farms, say...
Posted: Tuesday 9th April, 2013. 17:16:00

Dangerous Dogs Laws Must Focus On Prevention, Say Vets

BVA New laws to tackle dangerous dogs are welcome but the Government must look at preventing incidents rather than dealing with them afterwards, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA). T...
Posted: Tuesday 9th April, 2013. 16:09:18

Costly Defra Wild Animal Licensing Scheme Fails, No Licences Issued

Animal Defenders International The costly licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses, announced by Defra last year instead of the Government’s promised ban on wild animals in circuses, has failed to issue any licences, reports A...
Posted: Thursday 14th March, 2013. 14:22:00

Cosmetics Testing Ends In Europe: A Victory For Ethics And Science

Animal Defenders International Today (March 11th) Animal Defenders International (ADI) welcomes the final stage of implementation of the European Cosmetics Directive. This ends the sale, in the 27 countries of the European Union, o...
Posted: Monday 11th March, 2013. 11:21:00

NAVS Calls On AstraZeneca To Free The Beagles As Hundreds Are Detained At Manchester Airport

National Anti-Vivisection Society The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has issued an urgent plea to pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to free as many as 350 beagles that are currently detained at Manchester airport, where they ...
Posted: Friday 1st March, 2013. 20:21:45

Beagles Destined For The Lab Arrive In The UK As AstraZeneca Ignores Pleas To Save Them

National Anti-Vivisection Society The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has been informed by our colleagues at Djurrättsalliansen that two Aeronova and BinAir planes carrying beagles from AstraZeneca kennels in Sweden left Stur...
Posted: Wednesday 27th February, 2013. 20:37:40

Defra Agrees Radical Overhaul Of Horse Passport System In Light Of Horse Meat Crisis

World Horse Welfare In major developments agreed with the Government yesterday, representatives from across the horse sector welcomed a commitment from Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Af...
Posted: Monday 25th February, 2013. 10:58:42

Vets Support Moves To Improve Dog Breeding In Northern Ireland

BVA New legislation to regulate all commercial dog breeders was agreed in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday (18 February). Welcoming the announcement, BVA President Peter Jones said: “We fully...
Posted: Wednesday 20th February, 2013. 14:54:06

BVA Calls For UK-Wide Ban On Wild Animals In Circuses

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has strongly supported a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and is now calling on all the UK devolved administrations to introduce a ban on ...
Posted: Wednesday 20th February, 2013. 14:52:47

Pharma Giant AstraZeneca Urged Not To Send 100s Of Beagles To The Lab By NAVS

National Anti-Vivisection Society The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is calling on global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to release for rehoming hundreds of beagles that are destined to be used for cruel and painful expe...
Posted: Monday 18th February, 2013. 11:56:34

MPs Agree Much More To Be Done On Dog Welfare And Control

BVA The concerns of veterinary associations about dog welfare and control have been echoed by a cross-party committee of MPs, which has criticised the Government’s inaction over these important issues. ...
Posted: Friday 15th February, 2013. 10:55:19

Spanish Bid To Give Bullfighting Cultural Status Is A ‘Horrendously Misjudged Backwards Step’ Say Care For The Wild

Care For The Wild International Spain’s attempts to give bull-fighting ‘special cultural status’ is a disastrous move for the Spanish economy, Spanish tourist industry and animal welfare, say Care for the Wild. This week, MPs vot...
Posted: Thursday 14th February, 2013. 17:43:43

Veterinary Associations' Statement On Phenylbutazone (bute) In Horses

BVA Defra Minister David Heath has announced the latest bute (phenylbutazone) test results. The presence of bute has been confirmed in 8 samples out of 206 tests. Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame S...
Posted: Thursday 14th February, 2013. 16:35:42

British Veterinary Association Statement On Horsemeat

BVA Commenting on further reports that horsemeat has entered the food chain and is being sold as beef, Peter Jones, President of the British Veterinary Association, said: “These incidents are understan...
Posted: Friday 8th February, 2013. 16:29:30

Compulsory Microchipping In England: A Giant Leap For Dogs, Say BVA

BVA Veterinary associations have hailed the introduction of compulsory microchipping for all dogs in England as a giant leap forward for dogs and their owners. Defra has announced that from 6 April 201...
Posted: Wednesday 6th February, 2013. 11:26:46

British Circus Ship Their Tigers Off To Ireland Ahead Of Promised Ban

Animal Defenders International In a move which appears to signal the beginning of the end for the remaining wild animals in circuses in Britain, Animal Defenders International (ADI) can reveal that the owner of the Great British Ci...
Posted: Tuesday 5th February, 2013. 18:41:37

Bad Dogs Or Bad Law? Guidance For Vets On Dangerous Dogs

BVA What should vets do when a pit bull terrier walks into the waiting room? This question, and many others, were addressed this week when the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Webinar Vet j...
Posted: Thursday 31st January, 2013. 16:46:37

BVA Calls On VMD To Restrict Anthelmintic Dispensing

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling on the veterinary medicines regulator to classify all anthelmintics as POM-V, meaning they can only be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon, rather th...
Posted: Thursday 31st January, 2013. 14:01:51

Iranian Space Agency’s Retrograde Step To Send Monkeys Into Space Opposed By NAVS

National Anti-Vivisection Society The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has called plans by the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) to send monkeys into space in the coming weeks a pointlessly cruel and retrograde step in space research...
Posted: Thursday 24th January, 2013. 14:27:26

National Anti-Vivisection Society Urge Prime Minister To Save Hundreds Of Beagles Destined For The Lab

National Anti-Vivisection Society The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is calling on the Prime Minister to help save hundreds of beagles being sent to the UK for cruel and painful experiments. The dogs, housed at an AstraZene...
Posted: Wednesday 23rd January, 2013. 11:26:58

World Horse Welfare Welcomes EU Parliament’s Overwhelming Support For Shorter Journey Times For Horses Transported To Slaughter

World Horse Welfare World Horse Welfare today welcomed the European Parliament’s landslide vote in favour of a report calling for improved conditions for the live transport of animals for slaughter, including short, maxi...
Posted: Thursday 13th December, 2012. 12:31:34

Richard Howitt Labour MEP Shows Support Of World Horse Welfare Ahead Of Next Week’s Vote To End The Biggest Abuse Of Horses In Europe

World Horse Welfare Richard Howitt and transportation message MEP Richard Howitt Labour MEP for East of England visited World Horse Welfare today, 7 December, to demonstrate his support of World Horse Welfare ahea...
Posted: Friday 7th December, 2012. 16:26:01

Government Must Ban Wild Animals In Circuses As Law Fails Anne The Elephant Says Animal Defenders International

Animal Defenders International Case shows regulations cannot protect animals in circuses The decision to release circus owner Bobby Roberts with a conditional discharge, despite being convicted of cruelty to Anne the elephant, ...
Posted: Monday 26th November, 2012. 14:48:44

Animal Defenders International Comments On Outcome Of Anne The Elephant Trial

Animal Defenders International Bobby Roberts, owner of the Bobby Roberts Super Circus, has today become the first circus owner to be found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act (2006). Mr Roberts was given a conditional d...
Posted: Friday 23rd November, 2012. 17:08:24

Vets Welcome Preventive Approach To Dog Control In Wales

BVA A preventive approach to dog control that seeks to address an individual dog’s actions before they become a problem is the right way forward in Wales, according to the British Veterinary Association (...
Posted: Friday 23rd November, 2012. 16:36:18

Vets Urged To Call On EU Commission To Listen To Scientific Opinion On Horses Regarding Suffering On Long Distance Journeys To Slaughter

World Horse Welfare A horse being transported long distance to slaughter Veterinary surgeons are being urged to add their names to an open letter to the EU Commission asking it to heed the scientific evidence that...
Posted: Tuesday 20th November, 2012. 16:47:43

Regulations For Wild Animals In Circuses Approved In The Commons Despite Continued Opposition

Animal Defenders International The House of Commons has passed legislation to regulate the use of wild animals in circuses through licensing, following a committee debate yesterday afternoon. Lord de Mauley will now propose that th...
Posted: Wednesday 31st October, 2012. 17:32:00

Circus Regulations Progress To The House Of Commons Following Approval By Lords, Despite Concerns

Animal Defenders International The House of Lords has approved regulations on the use of wild animals in circuses, following Wednesday’s Grand Committee debate, despite concerns raised by peers including Lord Knight of Weymouth and...
Posted: Friday 26th October, 2012. 12:52:43

Better Regulation Of Dog Breeding Needed In England, Vets Tell Committee

BVA Veterinary associations have told an influential committee of MPs that the Dog Advisory Council should be made into a regulatory body and that legislation on dog breeding must be updated to ensure the...
Posted: Thursday 25th October, 2012. 16:13:32

Badger Cull: Vets Relieved By No U-turn On TB Policy In England

BVA Veterinary associations have welcomed news that there has been no u-turn on the Government’s policy to include badger culling as part of England’s TB eradication policy. Defra Secretary of State Ow...
Posted: Tuesday 23rd October, 2012. 14:12:00

Badger Cull Delay: Science Has Not Changed, Say Vets

BVA Responding to reports that the proposed badger cull pilots to tackle bovine TB in England are to be delayed, Peter Jones, President of the British Veterinary Association, said: “Although this news ...
Posted: Tuesday 23rd October, 2012. 11:48:14

Plans To License Wild Animal Circuses In The Hands Of The Lords

Animal Defenders International On Wednesday, 24 October, the draft regulations for the licensing of wild animals in circuses will be discussed at a Grand Committee in the House of Lords. The debate will provide peers with the oppor...
Posted: Tuesday 23rd October, 2012. 11:00:55

Advertising Ban On Antimicrobials The Right Decision, Say Vets

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the decision to prohibit the advertising of antimicrobials directly to animal keepers from 2013 in a bid to reduce antimicrobial resistance. T...
Posted: Thursday 11th October, 2012. 19:21:37

Former Great British Circus Elephants Escape Trainer In Copenhagen

Animal Defenders International Two elephants that Animal Defenders International (ADI) caught on film being abused whilst at the Great British Circus, and now with Circus Benneweis, yesterday escaped their trainer in rush-hour traf...
Posted: Thursday 13th September, 2012. 13:55:32

Cabinet Reshuffle: BVA Comments On Changes At Defra

BVA British Veterinary Association President Carl Padgett has welcomed Owen Paterson and David Heath to their new positions in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and paid tribu...
Posted: Thursday 6th September, 2012. 11:46:31

DEFRA To Spend Nearly Ł300,000 Of Public Money On Developing A Licensing Scheme For Wild Animals In Circuses

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) is appalled to hear that DEFRA plans to spend Ł261,000 on developing a licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses, when the majority of members of parliament (6...
Posted: Thursday 6th September, 2012. 11:44:37

A Big Step Forward To Finding A Good Breeder - Advisory Council Launches Its Standard

BVA The Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding has today (Tuesday) launched its Standard which sets out the Council’s formal recommendation of the minimum standards which must be met to pr...
Posted: Tuesday 4th September, 2012. 10:45:21

Britain’s Biggest Wild Animal Circus To Close

Animal Defenders International The largest wild animal circus in the UK is to close and sell off its animals. Martin Lacey, owner of the Great British Circus told Horse and Hound magazine that he is giving up because the Gov...
Posted: Wednesday 22nd August, 2012. 11:04:26

Vision Express Ends Use Of Wild Animals In Advertising

Animal Defenders International Vision Express has agreed with Animal Defenders International (ADI) to introduce an ethical policy on animal use and will no longer feature any wild or exotic animals in their advertising. The...
Posted: Tuesday 14th August, 2012. 11:09:53

Vets Welcome Report Addressing Dog Welfare Challenges

BVA The Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding has recently published a report which sets out eight priority welfare problems. Commenting on the report, BVA President Carl Padgett said:...
Posted: Wednesday 1st August, 2012. 10:26:10

Australian Vets Say Banning Aggressive Breeds Is Not The Solution

AVA Australia’s peak veterinary body, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) says adopting more stringent breed specific legislation in South Australia will not reduce the risk of attacks by aggressi...
Posted: Monday 16th July, 2012. 14:46:27

Reaction To Circus Consultation Draft Legislation Announcement

BVA The Born Free Foundation, The British Veterinary Association, The Captive Animals' Protection Society and the RSPCA welcome the news that the Westminster Government has begun work on draft legislation...
Posted: Friday 13th July, 2012. 19:41:44

Vet Associations Welcome High Court Go Ahead For Badger Cull In England

BVA The legal challenge to Defra’s plans for targeted badger cull pilots has failed in the High Court. The Badger Trust’s challenge failed on all three grounds. The British Veterinary Association (BVA)...
Posted: Thursday 12th July, 2012. 13:03:37

Animal Experiments Increase By 40 Per Cent Since 2000

Animal Defenders International Today’s publication of the annual “Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals” for 2011, compiled by the Home Office, has once again shown a disturbing, but predicted, increase in the numbe...
Posted: Tuesday 10th July, 2012. 15:07:36

Vets Welcome APGAW's Dog Breeding Report

BVA The Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) has released an update report on dog breeding issues. Working with a small group of stakeholders including the British Veterinary Associat...
Posted: Thursday 5th July, 2012. 18:04:09

Vets Call For Action On Slaughter, Dog Welfare And TB At Annual Welsh Dinner

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh Government to take action on welfare at slaughter and asked the Environment Minister not to water down proposals for dog breeding legis...
Posted: Wednesday 4th July, 2012. 15:12:28

EU Decision To Improve Animal Welfare Brings No Relief To Slaughter Horses

World Horse Welfare World Horse Welfare is disappointed that horses will continue to endure horrific and needless long-distance journeys across Europe to slaughter as European Agriculture Ministers unanimously agreed the...
Posted: Wednesday 20th June, 2012. 14:57:02

Vets Call For Action On Welfare Legislation And Surveillance Plans At Annual Scottish Dinner

BVA The British Veterinary Association has called on Scottish Government to make progress with secondary legislation under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006 at its annual dinner, hosted in the Scotti...
Posted: Wednesday 20th June, 2012. 10:57:08

Anne The Elephant Trial Delayed Until November

Animal Defenders International Following a fifth hearing for legal arguments today at Kettering Magistrates Court, District Judge Chinnery ruled that the trial of Bobby and Moira Roberts is to proceed, but delayed until November. ...
Posted: Tuesday 19th June, 2012. 16:58:04

Bogotá, Colombia, Bans Bullfighting

Animal Defenders International The Mayor of Bogotá has announced that bullfighting will no longer be allowed in Colombia’s capital city, following a campaign by Animal Defenders International (ADI) and other local groups, highlight...
Posted: Monday 18th June, 2012. 14:57:50

Paraguay Bans Wild Animals In Circuses

Animal Defenders International With the British Government still stalling on when it will implement its promised ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, yet another country, Paraguay, has banned this archaic practice. Animal...
Posted: Friday 8th June, 2012. 17:57:42

European Commission Agrees On Need To Review EU Legislation On Long-distance Transport Of Animals To Slaughter

World Horse Welfare An end to the horrific long-distance journeys horses endure on their way to slaughterhouses in Europe came a step closer yesterday when EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli, ...
Posted: Friday 8th June, 2012. 17:53:14

BVA Supports Vet Medicine Website Accreditation

BVA The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has launched a voluntary scheme for online veterinary medicines retailers to receive accreditation from the regulator so that animal owners can source medici...
Posted: Monday 28th May, 2012. 14:38:35

Vets Welcome Retention Of The UK's High Standards For Animals Used In Scientific Research

BVA The British Veterinary Association and Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association welcome the Government’s response regarding the transposition of European Directive 2010/63/EC on the protection of ani...
Posted: Friday 18th May, 2012. 15:33:28

Veterinarians Removed From Skills Shortlist

Janet Naughton Veterinary surgeon at work, removing stitches following minor surgery on an abscess on cat's face. Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 11 July 2005. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is an inde...
Posted: Friday 18th May, 2012. 14:16:26

Vets Back Compulsory Microchipping Of Dogs In Wales

BVA Moves to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales have been welcomed by veterinary associations. Environment Minister John Griffiths launched the consultation today (Wednesday) which set...
Posted: Thursday 17th May, 2012. 18:14:02

BVA Delighted At Veterinary Appointment To House Of Lords

BVA The British Veterinary Association has warmly welcomed the announcement that Professor Alexander (Sandy) Trees will become a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, following the recommendation of the ...
Posted: Thursday 17th May, 2012. 18:10:16

Fourth Pre-Trial Hearing For Anne The Elephant Court Case - Friday 4 May, 10am

Animal Defenders International Please note that the location of the trial has been moved to Wellingborough Magistrates Court Friday 4 May, 10am, Corby Magistrates Court, Northants This Friday, ADI representatives will attend ...
Posted: Thursday 3rd May, 2012. 16:48:33

New Micro Chip Legislation Not Enough

Janet Naughton It has been announced that micro chipping dogs is likely to become compulsory in England following Government plans to formalise the original proposal started by the Labour Government. The move wo...
Posted: Friday 27th April, 2012. 18:34:00

Missed Opportunity To Prevent Dog Attacks, Say Vets

BVA Veterinary associations have described the Government’s package on dangerous dogs as a missed opportunity to prevent future dog attacks. The package (for England) includes an extension of dangerous...
Posted: Monday 23rd April, 2012. 13:40:51

Animal Welfare Organisations Refuse To Participate In Ill-conceived Consultation On Wild Animals In Travelling Circuses

Animal Defenders International Statement on animal circus consultation from: Animal Defenders International, Animal Aid, Born Free Foundation, Captive Animals Protection Society, Four Paws, OneKind, People for the Ethical Treat...
Posted: Monday 23rd April, 2012. 10:28:46

BVA Welcomes New Professional Code For Vets

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the new Code of Professional Conduct, launched this week by the veterinary profession’s regulator, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)...
Posted: Saturday 14th April, 2012. 14:39:12

Vet Surveillance Report Must Be Followed By Costed Plans

BVA The Surveillance Advisory Group (SAG) set up by the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency to recommend a future delivery model for veterinary surveillance in England and Wales has delivered its...
Posted: Wednesday 11th April, 2012. 14:35:00

Third Pre-Trial Hearing For 'Anne The Elephant' Court Case

Animal Defenders International This Friday morning at a pre-trial hearing at Corby Magistrates Court, Northants, Bobby and Moira Roberts will lay out their defence on charges that they failed in their duty of care to protect Anne, ...
Posted: Thursday 29th March, 2012. 10:39:59

MPs Seek Assurances For Veterinary Labs In Wales

BVA The Welsh Affairs Select Committee has expressed concerns to Defra Minister Jim Paice MP about the impact of the proposed closure of veterinary laboratory facilities in Wales by the Animal Health Vete...
Posted: Thursday 29th March, 2012. 09:42:47

Wild Animal Ban Will Help Circus Industry But The Government Must Act

Animal Defenders International Circus master Gerry Cottle: “I believe a ban will, in the end, improve the image of circuses in Britain. The animal issue has given circuses a bad name. Animal Defenders International (ADI) have fo...
Posted: Friday 23rd March, 2012. 13:56:56

Vets Say Welsh Decision On Badger Cull Will Set Us Back Years

BVA Veterinary associations have expressed enormous disappointment at the backwards step being taken by the Welsh Government, which has announced that it will not go ahead with a targeted badger cull to t...
Posted: Wednesday 21st March, 2012. 10:51:04

Vets Respond To Appalling Badger Baiting Reports

BVA Veterinary associations have added their voice to the call to tackle the abhorrent practice of badger baiting following detailed reports by BBC Newsline. The North of Ireland Veterinary Association...
Posted: Friday 16th March, 2012. 17:08:04

BVA Statement On Eye Scheme Examinations Following Crufts Veterinary Checks

BVA At Crufts 2012 the Kennel Club introduced veterinary checks of the 15 high profile breed Best of Breed (BOB) winners. Although the individual reasons why six of the breeds failed the veterinary checks...
Posted: Thursday 15th March, 2012. 11:23:49

The NAVS Responds To Statement About Transportation Of Laboratory Animals

Animal Defenders International The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has followed with interest comments in the media today, from Lord Drayson, a former Labour Science Minister, and wishes to address many of the inaccuracies...
Posted: Wednesday 14th March, 2012. 16:30:46

ADI Applauds North Lanarkshire Council For Voting To Ban Animal Circuses

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) is delighted that North Lanarkshire Council has decided to ban all travelling circuses with performing animals from its land. This decision follows a recent an...
Posted: Tuesday 13th March, 2012. 16:19:23

Vet Checks At Crufts Applauded By BVA

BVA Veterinary checks of the Best of Breed (BOB) winners in each of the 15 high profile breeds were introduced at Crufts 2012, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham 8-11 March. The British Veterina...
Posted: Tuesday 13th March, 2012. 11:00:06

EfraCom Agrees Robust Veterinary Surveillance Is Vital In Tackling Disease

BVA The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom) has warned Defra that plans to close AHVLA laboratory services at sites across the UK may risk a reduction in the Agency’s ...
Posted: Monday 12th March, 2012. 11:47:57

Prime Minister Fails To Explain Wild Animal Circus Ban Delay

Animal Defenders International During Prime Minister’s Question Time today, Conservative MP Mark Pritchard pressed David Cameron on whether a ban on the use of wild animals would be introduced before the next general election. Aga...
Posted: Wednesday 7th March, 2012. 17:16:20

Vets Highlight Veterinary Surveillance, Welfare At Slaughter And Dog Breeding At Annual London Dinner

BVA BVA President Carl Padgett The President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) used his annual London dinner speech (Tuesday 6th March) to call on the Government to protect the UK’s veter...
Posted: Wednesday 7th March, 2012. 09:54:40

Mayoral Candidates Urged To Keep Wild Animal Acts Out Of The Capital And Back National Ban

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) is contacting 2012 London Mayoral candidates, Mayor Boris Johnson (Conservative), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat), Jenny Jones AM (Green...
Posted: Monday 5th March, 2012. 16:01:52

Government Defies Public Opinion On Animal Circuses

Animal Defenders International ‘Defra’s public ‘consultation’ on animal circuses slammed’ Government plans to announce (on Thursday 1st March) a consultation on the licensing of wild animals in circuses have been condemned as ye...
Posted: Thursday 1st March, 2012. 16:47:05

End In Sight For Wild Animals In Circuses

BVA The Government announced today (Thursday) that it will introduce primary legislation to ban travelling circuses from using performing wild animals. In the meantime, owners of travelling circuses will...
Posted: Thursday 1st March, 2012. 16:31:28

Pedigree Dogs Exposed Three Years On: Still More To Be Done

BVA Commenting on the BBC programme Pedigree Dogs Exposed Three Years On broadcast on 27 February, BVA Past President Harvey Locke said: “The programme featured some good progress but highlighted the f...
Posted: Tuesday 28th February, 2012. 15:52:38

Survey Reveals Animals Killed In University Teaching Continuing Despite Available Alternatives

Animal Defenders International UK fourth highest user. Political commitment called for to end unnecessary animal use The findings of a survey of European universities reveal that thousands of animals including mice, rats, guinea...
Posted: Monday 20th February, 2012. 13:15:21

Anne The Elephant Court Case – Pre-trail Hearing - Legal Team Of Circus Owners Criticised By Magistrate

Animal Defenders International Legal team of circus owners criticised by Magistrate for delays and failure to present defence At Thursday’s pre-trial hearing at Corby Magistrates Court, Northants, the legal team of circus owners...
Posted: Friday 17th February, 2012. 15:08:16

Pre Trial Hearing For Anne The Elephant Court Case Thursday 16th Feb 2012

Animal Defenders International Duty of care and responsibility of owners to be tested in landmark case This Thursday morning at a pre-trial hearing at Corby Magistrates Court, Bobby and Moira Roberts will lay out their defence o...
Posted: Wednesday 15th February, 2012. 11:31:42

Pet Insurance Axe A Huge Blow To Responsible Pet Owners

BVA Veterinary associations are highlighting consumer guidance on pet insurance following news reports that thousands of pets have been left uninsured by Lloyds TBS and Halifax pulling out of the pet insu...
Posted: Wednesday 8th February, 2012. 14:02:48

Greece Bans Animal Circuses

Animal Defenders International Our video exposes the reality of life for circus animals, showing the confinement and deprivation endured by animals on the road as well as the violence inflicted on them behind the scenes. The vi...
Posted: Friday 3rd February, 2012. 17:10:24

Dogs Spared As Laboratory Factory Farm Is Blocked

Animal Defenders International The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is delighted that the Government has rejected plans for new breeding units for beagle dogs to be used in laboratory experiments in Yorkshire. Laboratory...
Posted: Thursday 26th January, 2012. 18:07:29

Vets Cite Robust Enforcement As Essential To Success Of EU Welfare Strategy

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has broadly welcomed the European Commission’s new Animal Welfare Strategy but urges the Commission to ensure robust implementation and enforcement of existing...
Posted: Thursday 26th January, 2012. 14:25:18

A New Excuse From Government Regarding The Wild Animal Circus Ban

Animal Defenders International Defra’s preposterous circus of excuses continues Animal Defenders International (ADI) has accused the government of desperation and contradiction over its continued attempts to block a ban on wild ...
Posted: Wednesday 25th January, 2012. 14:58:13

New Wild Animal Circus Ban EDM Tabled Highlighting Defra Lethargy

Animal Defenders International Momentum maintained as government continues to fail to act A group of cross-party MPs has launched an Early Day Motion (EDM 2586) in Parliament to pressurise the Government to release Defra inspect...
Posted: Wednesday 18th January, 2012. 13:00:30

UK Prohibition Of The Keeping Of Primates As Pets Is Long Overdue Says Animal Defenders International

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) has contacted all MPs requesting that they attend a Ten Minute Rule Motion to bring in a prohibition of the keeping of Primates as Pets in the UK. ADI is fully ...
Posted: Wednesday 18th January, 2012. 10:45:32

BVA Welcomes Consultation To Improve Regulation Of Vets

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the publication of proposals by Defra to improve the regulation of vets by reconstituting the committees of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeo...
Posted: Tuesday 17th January, 2012. 10:41:52

New Wild Animal Circus Ban EDM Tabled

Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) says the Coalition Government is out of time and out of legal excuses as it supports an Early Day Motion (EDM 2563) on wild animals in circuses tabled in Parliamen...
Posted: Wednesday 11th January, 2012. 15:06:01

Vets Welcome New Vet Surveillance Group For England And Wales

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the new advisory group on veterinary surveillance in England and Wales and called for the future model to be shaped by good surveillance strategie...
Posted: Wednesday 11th January, 2012. 14:24:19

Vets Welcome Latest Action To Improve Dog Welfare In Wales

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the publication of draft regulations to control dog breeding in Wales. The Welsh Government has produced a second draft of the regulations follow...
Posted: Monday 9th January, 2012. 00:00:00

Pet Travel Rules Changed On 1 January 2012

Defra Pet travel rules changed on 1 January 2012 when the UK brought its procedures into line with the European Union. From this date all pets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world with...
Posted: Friday 6th January, 2012. 18:09:46

No Legal Obstacles To UK Ban On Wild Animals In Circuses

Animal Defenders International Government objections to ban swept aside as court upholds Austria’s ban on wild animal acts TODAY, the Austrian Constitutional Court in Vienna announced that it had thrown out the application by Ci...
Posted: Wednesday 21st December, 2011. 10:01:00

Badger Cull Pilots A Major Step On Long Road To Tackling TB

BVA Veterinary Associations have given their full support to Defra’s announcement that two pilot badger culls will go ahead in 2012 in the next step in the battle against bovine Tuberculosis (TB). Secr...
Posted: Wednesday 14th December, 2011. 13:54:51

EU Antimicrobial Action Plan Must Recognise Importance Of Animal Medicine

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the European Commission’s Action Plan on Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), but expressed concern that the Commission has given only qualified suppor...
Posted: Thursday 17th November, 2011. 11:40:37

Captive Wildlife Specialist Veterinarian Tells Members Of Congress “wild Animals In Circuses Suffer, It’s Time It Stopped”

Animal Defenders International Measures that could see an end to elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys and bears touring with circuses in the U.S. were unveiled yesterday at a press conference attended by TV personality Bob Barker,...
Posted: Wednesday 16th November, 2011. 16:48:04

Animal Defenders International Calls For Anne The Elephant’s Plight To Become Symbolic Of UK Wild Animals In Circuses Ban

Animal Defenders International Sir Paul McCartney pledges support for ADI’s campaign Following the announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service that it has agreed to take on the prosecution of Bobby and Moira Roberts in relatio...
Posted: Friday 11th November, 2011. 15:00:43

BVA Urges DARD To Make More Use Of Private Veterinary Practices For Disease Control

BVA Speaking at the British Veterinary Association (BVA) North of Ireland Dinner tonight (Thursday) President Carl Padgett said that there is an economic case for Northern Ireland’s Department of Agricult...
Posted: Friday 11th November, 2011. 14:18:13

Vet Surveillance Report Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the publication of the Kinnaird Review of Scottish Government Veterinary Surveillance but expressed concern that it still leaves many questions un...
Posted: Wednesday 9th November, 2011. 00:00:00

Celebrities Bob Barker, Jorja Fox And Animal Protection Organisations Launch ‘Travelling Exotic Animal Protection Act’

Animal Defenders International ‘Historic U.S. Bill to end cruelty to wild animals in circuses – UK Government urged to now do the same’ Wednesday, Nov 2nd on Capitol Hill, renowned celebrity animal protectionists Bob Barker ...
Posted: Wednesday 2nd November, 2011. 11:06:58

European Move To Ban Prophylactic Medicine Could Compromise Animal Welfare

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is deeply concerned by a European Parliament resolution calling on the Commission to legislate against the prophylactic use of antibiotics (antimicrobials) in ...
Posted: Tuesday 1st November, 2011. 16:36:23

Difficult Task Ahead For New Animal Health & Welfare Board For England

BVA Defra has announced the first non-executive members of the new Animal Health and Welfare Board for England: Stewart Houston, Stuart Roberts, Mark Tufnell and veterinary surgeon Tim Morris. They will j...
Posted: Friday 28th October, 2011. 00:00:00

Vets Criticise Conclusions Of Badger Vaccine Project

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has criticised the conclusions drawn by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust in its report on badger vaccine deployment. The report considers the effectivenes...
Posted: Thursday 13th October, 2011. 15:39:52
Veterinary Practices Are Unprepared For Agency Worker Regulations, Affecting Both The Practice And The Agency

Veterinary Practices Are Unprepared For Agency Worker Regulations, Affecting Both The Practice And The Agency

Workhorse Recruitment On October 1st, the new Agency Worker Regulations were set in place, ensuring agency workers get a fairer deal in the workplace. But many veterinary practices are unaware of the legislation and at ri...
Posted: Monday 3rd October, 2011. 10:50:26

Student Fees Decision Leaves Northern Ireland's Veterinary Students Out In The Cold

BVA Veterinary Associations have raised concerns over the freezing of tuition fees in Northern Ireland not extending to all students from Northern Ireland. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and it...
Posted: Friday 9th September, 2011. 13:33:35

Microchipping Makes Sense

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has renewed its call for compulsory microchipping of all dogs in response to two major reports on dogs today. Dogs Trust revealed the number of stray dogs ...
Posted: Monday 5th September, 2011. 17:46:58

Parliament Praises Veterinary Profession To Mark World Veterinary Year

BVA The House of Commons has officially recognised 2011 as World Veterinary Year in an Early Day Motion (EDM) sponsored by Neil Parish MP, chair of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (AP...
Posted: Monday 15th August, 2011. 00:00:00

Vets Challenge FSA To Act Against Animal Abuse

BVA The BVA has challenged the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to take further investigative action to enable Defra to consider prosecutions against the Essex abattoir where appalling animal welfare abuses we...
Posted: Friday 5th August, 2011. 11:23:53

BVA Response To Unite Union Recruitment Campaign

BVA Responding to reports that Unite the Union has launched a recruitment campaign for those working in veterinary practice and set up a provisional Professional Advisory Committee within its health secto...
Posted: Tuesday 19th July, 2011. 15:09:27

Success For Veterinary Lobbying To Keep UK Free From Dog Tapeworm

BVA The European Commission has agreed with the UK veterinary profession that controls must be maintained to keep the UK free from the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis (EM). The British Veterinary ...
Posted: Thursday 14th July, 2011. 18:18:25

Vets Urge EU Commissioner To Keep Slaughter High On The Agenda

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) welcomed the European Parliament’s decision to extend mandatory country of origin labelling to fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry but reaffirmed it...
Posted: Wednesday 6th July, 2011. 17:32:26

New Pet Travel Rules To Come Into Force In 2012

BVA Defra has announced that new rules on pet travel will be introduced from 1st January 2012. The changes will mean that the rules on rabies vaccination for entry into the UK will be in line with the res...
Posted: Thursday 30th June, 2011. 12:01:22

Further Delays To TB Programme In Wales Extremely Disappointing

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed its extreme disappointment after the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) announced a review of the scientific evidence base regarding the eradication...
Posted: Tuesday 21st June, 2011. 18:16:51

Wildlife Vets Call For Lead Shot Ban

Massey University Massey University wildlife veterinarians want a total ban on the use of lead shot in hunting, saying it is having a detrimental effect on many native species. Dr Kerri Morgan says the Wildlife Heal...
Posted: Monday 20th June, 2011. 17:06:30

BVA President Outlines Impact Of Changing World In Annual Scottish Dinner Speech

BVA The need to adapt to changing circumstances was the key theme of the Presidential speech at the British Veterinary Association’s Annual Scottish Dinner hosted at the Scottish Parliament by John Scott ...
Posted: Friday 17th June, 2011. 14:49:33

European Approval For Intramuscular Administration Route Of NUFLOR Minidose

FOUR PAWS June 16, 2011 – Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announced today that it has recently received approval via the decentralized procedure in the European Union for the intramuscular (IM) route of ...
Posted: Thursday 16th June, 2011. 13:28:29

U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Confirms Patentability Of The Formulation Claims Covering Merial’s FRONTLINEŽ Plus

Merial Animal Health Merial, a leading animal health pharmaceutical company, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reconfirmed the patentability of formulation claims covering Merial’s FRON...
Posted: Wednesday 15th June, 2011. 16:13:39

VMD Drops Controversial Plans For New Medicine Category

BVA Following ongoing lobbying by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and other veterinary bodies the Veterinary Medicines Directorate has dropped controversial plans for a new veterinary medicines c...
Posted: Monday 13th June, 2011. 10:54:30

Shortage In Number Of Veterinarians Is A Major Constraint To World Food Security And Safety

OIE Veterinarians play a pivotal role in all stages of the food chain namely safe production, processing, transport, and distribution of products of animal origin, but their low numbers in both the privat...
Posted: Thursday 2nd June, 2011. 18:06:44

Vets Celebrate A World Without Rinderpest

BVA Today (Wednesday) marks the declaration of the eradication of rinderpest, one of the world’s most dreaded animal diseases. This unique event in the history of animal health compares to the eradication...
Posted: Wednesday 25th May, 2011. 16:35:04

Vets Disappointed At DEFRA Climbdown On Circus Animals

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reacted with disappointment at the Government’s decision to introduce a licensing regime rather than impose an outright ban on the use of wild animals in t...
Posted: Friday 13th May, 2011. 12:31:05

EU Parliament Votes On Mandatory Labelling Of Textiles Containing Fur - Four Paws Demands More Comprehensive Regulation

FOUR PAWS Brussels, 12.05.2011: The European Parliament voted on a new directive on the labelling of textiles. According to the directive, textiles sold in the EU must, in the future, contain labels identifying...
Posted: Thursday 12th May, 2011. 15:58:35

New Animal Health And Welfare Board The Right Mechanism For Policy Making, Say Vets

BVA Commenting on the announcement by Defra that a new Animal Health and Welfare Board for England will be set up in response to a report by the Responsibility and Cost Sharing Advisory Group, Harvey Lock...
Posted: Tuesday 26th April, 2011. 14:56:35

BVA And FVE Fight To Save Vets' Right To Dispense Medicines

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) have successfully seen off an attempt by MEPs to restrict the ability of vets to sell veterinary medicines dire...
Posted: Tuesday 12th April, 2011. 16:53:59

Vets Help Government To Combat Serious TB Fraud

BVA Veterinary associations are taking urgent action to address the serious problem of TB fraud that has come to light. Defra Minister of State Jim Paice today announced that he has received evidence ...
Posted: Thursday 31st March, 2011. 12:31:27
New Golden Jubilee Award To Celebrate Outstanding Veterinary Nurses

New Golden Jubilee Award To Celebrate Outstanding Veterinary Nurses

RCVS The Veterinary Nurses Council has launched a new award to celebrate outstanding achievement, to mark the 50th anniversary of veterinary nursing. The Golden Jubilee Award will recognise an exceptio...
Posted: Wednesday 30th March, 2011. 13:00:27
Feedback Sought On New Draft Code Of Professional Conduct

Feedback Sought On New Draft Code Of Professional Conduct

RCVS The RCVS is seeking feedback on a new draft Code of Professional Conduct, which would replace the existing RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons. The draft Code has been produc...
Posted: Monday 28th March, 2011. 14:39:00

Upcoming Vote On A Romanian Law Enables Mass Killings Of Dogs

FOUR PAWS Brussels, Friday 18th March, 2011: On Thursday, MEP and Vice President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals of the European Parliament Elisabeth Jeggle, sent an Appeal by MEPs ...
Posted: Friday 18th March, 2011. 13:35:40

Action To Tackle TB In Wales Should Progress Without Delay

BVA Wales’ Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones has today laid the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011, which authorises the destruction of badgers in a specific area of West Wales known as the Intensiv...
Posted: Wednesday 9th March, 2011. 15:08:13

A Disappointing Blow For Rabbit Welfare

BVA The British Veterinary Association is very disappointed to learn that the Government has no plans to publish a code of practice on the welfare of rabbits. The news came to light in a response to a ...
Posted: Friday 4th March, 2011. 18:43:39

Disappointment At Backwards Step On Religious Slaughter Labelling

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed its significant disappointment with the EU Council decision to scrap plans for compulsory labelling of meat from animals slaughtered without stun...
Posted: Friday 25th February, 2011. 13:49:27

Historic Animal Welfare Bill Passed In Northern Ireland

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the passing of the Welfare of Animals Bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (Tuesday 22 February). The Welfare of Animals Act is exp...
Posted: Wednesday 23rd February, 2011. 11:32:04

Battery Cage Ban Welcomed By BVA

BVA An attempt by some EU Member States to delay a ban on ‘battery cages’ for laying hens was thwarted by Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman’s attack on the proposals during yesterday’s (Monday) me...
Posted: Tuesday 22nd February, 2011. 11:32:42

WSPA Celebrates Withdrawal Of Plans Of UK’s First Mega Dairy

WSPA Following a recent governmental objection and sustained campaigning by WSPA UK, Nocton Dairies has withdrawn its planning application to farm 8,100 cows intensively. WSPA UK launched it’s “Not in m...
Posted: Monday 21st February, 2011. 09:30:58

Vets Tackle Defra Secretary On Budget Cuts And Dangerous Dogs At Annual Dinner

BVA The President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) used his annual London dinner speech tonight (Tuesday 8th February) to call on the Government to take action on veterinary student fees and th...
Posted: Tuesday 8th February, 2011. 22:04:17

Veterinary Development Council Looks To The Future

BVA The inaugural meeting of the Veterinary Development Council (VDC) heard perspectives on the role of the veterinary profession in food animal production and the wider food supply chain from industry, g...
Posted: Wednesday 26th January, 2011. 11:21:18

The People's Dog Control Bill Pushes On To Committee Stage To Improve 'Dangerous Dog' Legislation For Good

BVA Over 10,000 people signed up to support it; animal welfare organisations and charities are backing it; and now Lord Redesdale’s Dog Control Bill is moving a step closer towards changing dangerous dog ...
Posted: Tuesday 25th January, 2011. 14:51:48

The World Organisation For Animal Health And European Commission Launch Campaign That Celebrates 250th Anniversary Of Veterinary Medicine

World Organisation For Animal Health The European Commission (EC) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) launch the “Vets in your daily life” campaign that celebrates the 250th anniversary of the creation of the veterinary pr...
Posted: Friday 14th January, 2011. 16:25:10

Vets Collaborate To Improve Long-distance Horse Transport

BEVA ets attending the first veterinary-led European Equine Transport Forum, held in Brussels on 29th November 2010, have agreed that their profession needs to take a leading role to help enforce the curre...
Posted: Tuesday 4th January, 2011. 11:40:22

Mixed Response To New Medicines Regulations From BVA

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the tightening up of sales of veterinary medicines on the internet but is disappointed that the advertising of antimicrobials to farmers will cont...
Posted: Thursday 30th December, 2010. 14:31:01

Vets Back Common Sense Approach To Responsibility And Cost Sharing

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warmly welcomed the report of the independent Advisory Group on Responsibility and Cost Sharing, which has recommended a new ‘Partnership Board’ to become ...
Posted: Monday 13th December, 2010. 14:08:51

Study Seeks To Explain Feminization Of Veterinary Profession

AVMA The fact that women will soon dominate the field of veterinary medicine has been widely reported (see JAVMA, Feb. 15, 2010, page 376). As of 2010, the veterinary profession is about 50 percent men and...
Posted: Monday 6th December, 2010. 13:50:39

Historic Decision In Brussells - Dogs And Cats And EU Protection

Vier Pfoten/Four Paws Brussels, 29 November 2010: FOUR PAWS strongly welcomes the result of the Belgian initiative to include dogs and cats into the Animal Welfare Programme of the EU. Today, the EU Council of Ministers ag...
Posted: Monday 29th November, 2010. 16:55:17

Overwhelming Support For Deed Not Breed In Dangerous Dogs Consultation

BVA The government has published the results of the Defra consultation on dangerous dogs revealing overwhelming support for an overhaul of the failed Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. The consultation closed in...
Posted: Thursday 25th November, 2010. 16:42:57

EU Closer To Granting Protection To Companion Animals

FOUR PAWS Brussels, 24 November 2010: the EU Member States representatives have decided today that companion animals should formally come under the protection of the EU. The Agriculture and Fisheries Council...
Posted: Wednesday 24th November, 2010. 16:48:35

Summary Of The Conference 'Responsible Dog Ownership In Europe' Published

FOUR PAWS The Summary of the conference 'Responsible Dog Ownership in Europe' has been published. You can access it at this address or in the News section of the CAROdog home page www.carodog.eu...
Posted: Monday 22nd November, 2010. 16:35:39

BVA Questions BBC Screening Of Illegal Horse Mutilations

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has contacted the BBC programme ‘Countryfile’ following the broadcast of an item on identifying wild ponies in North Wales using ‘ear marking’ on 31st October ...
Posted: Friday 19th November, 2010. 12:05:21

Stark Message To Vets On Antibiotic Awareness Day

BVA To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2010 today (18 November) the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is warning veterinary surgeons in the UK that failure to use antimicrobials responsibly coul...
Posted: Thursday 18th November, 2010. 11:57:57

RCVS Approves Compassionate Approach To Those With Health Problems

RCVS At its November meeting (4/11/10), the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) approved a new Health Protocol, which formalises a more compassionate approach to veterinary surgeons ...
Posted: Monday 15th November, 2010. 12:49:39

RCVS Approves Disciplinary System For Registered Veterinary Nurses

RCVS At its November meeting (4/11/10), the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) unanimously approved the introduction of a disciplinary system for registered veterinary nurses on 1 A...
Posted: Monday 15th November, 2010. 12:49:39

Animal Welfare Included In New Standards For Social Responsibility

WSPA WSPA is celebrating the inclusion of animal welfare in the newly launched ISO Standard 26000 as a historic first. The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) new guidelines, the ISO ...
Posted: Tuesday 9th November, 2010. 13:01:08

Tomorrow In Brussels Historic Chance For Dogs And Cats In Europe

Vier Pfoten/Four Paws Updated Brussels, 27 October 2010: A historic decision for the welfare of companion animals in the EU has been made by the Councils’ Working Group of Veterinary Experts, just a few days after an inter...
Posted: Tuesday 26th October, 2010. 14:54:22

Wales Leaves Rest Of The UK Behind On Dog Welfare

BVA Veterinary associations have strongly welcomed moves to tighten up the rules on dog breeding in Wales with the publication of the proposed Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2011. ...
Posted: Monday 25th October, 2010. 13:37:18

CSR: Elements To Welcome But Concern Remains Over Animal Health And Welfare Priorities

BVA Commenting on the Comprehensive Spending Review, Harvey Locke, President of the British Veterinary Association, said: “Clearly this is a substantial hit on Defra’s overall budget but there are som...
Posted: Wednesday 20th October, 2010. 18:32:21

Woodley Are Hosting A BLOOD GAS & ELECTROLYTE ANALYSIS Workshop At London Vet Show On 22nd 23rd October

Woodley Equipment Come to London Vet Show and gain CPD hours Woodley Equipment are holding a workshop each day at London Vet Show WITH Matt Gurney BVSc CertVA DiplECVAA MRCVS The workshop will be part theory and...
Posted: Friday 24th September, 2010. 15:11:21

TB Consultation Receives Strong Support From Vets

BVA The veterinary profession has warmly welcomed the launch of the Defra consultation on tackling bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) in England, which includes recommendations for badger control in areas where bT...
Posted: Wednesday 15th September, 2010. 11:57:59

Belgian Presidency Wants EU Strategy On Dog Welfare

EurActiv.com Belgium wants to use its EU presidency to underline the key societal role played by companion animals like dogs and cats, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister for Health and Social Affairs Laurette Onkelinx ...
Posted: Sunday 12th September, 2010. 13:59:22

BVA Welcomes EU Decision On Laboratory Animals

BVA Welcoming the announcement of a new EU Directive aimed at reducing the number of animals used in laboratory experiments, tightening controls over such procedures and harmonising improved standards of ...
Posted: Friday 10th September, 2010. 19:40:25

EU Legislation Says Fewer Animals Should Be Used For Scientific Experiments

European Parliament The number of animals used in scientific experiments should be reduced under new EU legislation approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The aim is to strike a better balance between animal w...
Posted: Friday 10th September, 2010. 10:46:02

Government To Consult On Badger Cull To Tackle TB

BVA Responding to media reports that the Government will consult on a cull of badgers in areas worst affected by bovine Tuberculosis (TB), Professor Bill Reilly, President of the British Veterinary Associ...
Posted: Tuesday 7th September, 2010. 14:37:48

Groups Call On Prime Minister For Improved Dog Laws

BVA The British Veterinary Association, some of the UK’s largest animal charities, law enforcement agencies and unions have today (Tuesday) jointly called on the leaders of the main political parties to w...
Posted: Wednesday 25th August, 2010. 16:39:12

Milk From Cloned Cow's Offspring – Experts Respond

EBioNews.com The UK's Food Standards Agency is investigating claims that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow is on sale in British supermarkets, according to a statement released overnight. European Union rule...
Posted: Wednesday 18th August, 2010. 15:47:59

Hot Branding Ban A Very Important Decision For Welfare

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) are delighted at the announcement from the Scottish Government that the hot branding of horses and ponies will...
Posted: Friday 13th August, 2010. 13:04:31

Vets Lead Moves To Address Slaughterhouse Problems

BVA The Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) has taken action to address some of the issues raised by the Animal Aid undercover filming at a number of slaughterhouses in England. In June VPHA br...
Posted: Friday 13th August, 2010. 12:51:34

RCVS Calls For Comment On Draft Health Protocol

RCVS The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has called for comment on a new draft health protocol which aims to deal compassionately with veterinary surgeons who have health problems, such as alcohol or ...
Posted: Friday 6th August, 2010. 18:16:09

Defra Call For Voluntary Food Labelling Not Enough, Says BVA

BVA Responding to Defra Minister Jim Paice MP’s call for voluntary country of origin labelling, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has renewed its call for clearer animal welfare labelling across th...
Posted: Tuesday 3rd August, 2010. 11:57:49

Statutory Membership Exam Success Celebrated

RCVS Seventeen overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons who succeeded in passing the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Statutory Examination for Membership, were on Monday (26 July) admitted to the RCVS R...
Posted: Friday 30th July, 2010. 12:03:47

Australia: Veterinarians Launch 2010 Federal Election Priorities

AVA Increased funding to combat infectious diseases and improve biosecurity must be included in future Commonwealth Government planning, says Australia’s peak veterinary organisation. Today the Austral...
Posted: Friday 30th July, 2010. 10:12:18

Letter From Bella Moss Foundation Suggests More Medivet Shortcomings

The Bella Moss Foundation Jill Moss, President and Founder of The Bella Moss Foundation, a charity set up to highlight the dangers of MRSA in practice brings to light, her experience with Medivet. "You may not know but the ...
Posted: Monday 26th July, 2010. 14:30:04

Medivet Addresses Each Of The Issues Raised In Panorama's 'It Shouldn't Happen At A Vets'

Medivet Dear Client As you know, Panorama aired its programme on the veterinary profession on BBC1. Medivet featured in this programme, as a result of secret filming a year ago by Panorama's undercover rep...
Posted: Friday 23rd July, 2010. 15:46:30

Veterinary Associations Response To BBC Panorama It Shouldnt Happen At A Vets

BVA The veterinary professional associations have expressed concern and disappointment at the incidents revealed in the undercover footage in the BBC’s Panorama programme ‘It shouldn’t happen at a vet’s’ ...
Posted: Friday 23rd July, 2010. 00:00:00

Rigorous And Robust Regulatory Process In Place, Says RCVS

RCVS The animal-owning public should rest assured that there is a “rigorous and robust regulatory process in place” for the veterinary profession, according to Professor Sandy Trees, Senior Vice-President ...
Posted: Friday 23rd July, 2010. 00:00:00

RCVS: Concerned About Panorama Allegations And Will Investigate

RCVS We are concerned about allegations raised by last night’s Panorama programme, and would like to reassure the public that we will investigate the claims made, says veterinary regulatory body, the Royal...
Posted: Friday 23rd July, 2010. 00:00:00

Medivet Responds To Panaroma's 'It Shouldn't Happen At A Vets'

Medivet We are shocked and appalled at the behaviour of a few of our staff, and wish to apologise unreservedly for this. We have immediately suspended a number of staff shown in the programme to have behaved ...
Posted: Friday 23rd July, 2010. 00:00:00

BVA Statement On The Daily Mail Article 'Undercover At The Vets'

BVA Today (22 July 2010) the Daily Mail has published an article by an undercover reporter, Alex Lee, who spent time filming in a number of Medivet veterinary practices in the South East of England over n...
Posted: Thursday 22nd July, 2010. 00:00:00

Medivet's Statement About The Forthcoming Panorama Program 'It Shouldn't Happen At A Vets'

Medivet Panorama has announced this program, which will be aired on 22nd July 2010 at 9pm. Medivet first became aware of the program on December 2009 when some of our clients complained that Panorama had c...
Posted: Tuesday 20th July, 2010. 00:00:00

MPs Back Compulsory Microchipping Of Dogs

BVA Members of Parliament have recognised the British Veterinary Association’s contribution to the promotion of microchipping dogs and the campaign for compulsory microchipping through an Early Day Motion...
Posted: Friday 9th July, 2010. 00:00:00

Wales Takes Huge Stride Towards Better Dog Welfare

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) have warmly welcomed the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) announcement on reform of dog breeding legisla...
Posted: Thursday 8th July, 2010. 00:00:00

Vets Welcome European Parliament Vote For Better Welfare Labelling

BVA The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the European Parliament vote to improve the labelling of food, including new country of origin labelling and a requirement to label meat from anim...
Posted: Thursday 17th June, 2010. 00:00:00

New Bluetongue Status For Britain

BVA Veterinary associations have welcomed the European Commission announcement that Britain’s bluetongue status will be reclassified as a Lower Risk Zone (LRZ) for bluetongue virus (BTV8) and are asking m...
Posted: Friday 4th June, 2010. 00:00:00
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