December 2017

Surgeons have successfully performed a keyhole surgery – believed to be a world first for feline medicine – on a kitten with a rare heart condition.

7 mins

Vets interested in standing for the association’s junior vice-president position have until 15 January to put their names forward, with successful applicant taking the top job in 2019-20.

5 mins

In total, the UK has now seen 112 confirmed cases across 31 counties since Alabama rot was first detected in 2012. So far in 2017, there have been 29 cases.

3 mins

The BEVA Trust was presented with The British Horse Society Welfare Award “for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare” from president Martin Clunes.

4 mins

Postmortem confirms animal from Northwich is latest victim of mystery disease, taking UK toll to 110 confirmed cases since 2012.

4 mins

Final-year RVC students bare all for array of charity snaps, ranging from studying in classrooms and clinics, to horse riding.

5 mins

Despite Northants vet admitting charges, RCVS disciplinary committee reaches “unusual conclusion” he was “not guilty of disgraceful conduct in a professional respect”.

10 mins

The Veterinary Defence Society hopes its significant event reporting system, Vetsafe, which is due to launch next year, will encourage managers to overhaul practice cultures.

6 mins

Survey finds a fifth of dog owners spend less than two weeks researching before buying a dog, while 1 in 5 people confess to buying a dog simply because it was a cute accessory.

5 mins

Associations to host event aimed at anyone thinking of setting up a practice from scratch, joining a partnership or becoming a joint venture partner.

4 mins

Oh yes they did – clever, heartfelt and innovative staff from Clent Hills Veterinary Group raises funds for organisation helping elderly, terminally ill people and their pets.

4 mins

“Meeting our targets will not be easy; they are intended to be ambitious and to stretch us,” said Lesley Griffiths. “Achieving them will require the cooperation and dedication of everyone involved.”

5 mins

“This bill captures the substantive obligation Article 13 puts on the national Government to consider animal welfare, as well as explicitly recognising animals as sentient beings” – John Fishwick.

5 mins

The 2018 Welcome to My World tour will see Noel Fitzpatrick visit major arenas and theatres across the UK and Ireland to shed light on his life in practice.

4 mins

Round table debate among experts cast a spotlight on degenerative joint disease problems, including owner understanding and impact of when treatment takes place.

6 mins

“We plan to introduce a straightforward licensing system that will deal effectively with cases where animal welfare is not being sufficiently protected, while not being overly burdensome for those already doing a good job” – Roseanna Cunningham, cabinet secretary.

4 mins

Resources from BEVA provide key information to help support employers and highlight best practice.

6 mins

“This won't be an easy thing – I love my hair and haven't had it short in more than 30 years. It'll be tough, but not as tough as having cancer and losing it to chemotherapy,” said vet Lisa Roan.

4 mins

A paper by MSD Animal Health aims to lift low vaccination rates and calls for support in looking beyond antibiotics to protect animal health and welfare.

7 mins

Online breeder kept dogs in “inhumane” conditions, telling buyers he would deliver puppies to them so he could do a “home check” to make them believe he was caring and responsible – RSPCA.

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