News in Brief – Veterinary Community

News in Brief

BSAVA rolls out CPD resources and benefits in absence of Congress

6th April 2020

A package of CPD resources and benefits are set to be rolled out on BSAVA's social media channels over the coming days in a bid to fill the gap left by the cancellation of BSAVA Congress.

The package includes a 10 discount voucher on all printed manuals and access to the BSAVA Library. BSAVA said that it will also be recording more than 100 hours of planned Congress lectures over the following weeks so that vets don't completely miss out on the Congress experience.

The resource, titled Congress on Demand will be ready in early May.

LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

30th March 2020

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact

BVA senior vice president appointed chair of FVE working group

25th March 2020

Senior vice president of the BVA Dr Simon Doherty has been appointed as chair of the Food Safety & Sustainability working group of the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe (FVE).

Dr Doherty has 20 years' experience in farm animal and equine veterinary practice, industry and academia. He has been working as a senior lecturer at the Queen's University Belfast Institute for Global Food Security since 2018 and is a trustee of Send a Cow and the Animal Welfare Foundation.

The Food Safety & Sustainability working group will support FVE in all matters related to food safety, food security and sustainable livestock systems. It will also assist FVE in taking the most effective policies at EU level.

Blue Cross launches new podcast for pet owners

11th March 2020

The Blue Cross has announced the launch of a new podcast which aims to provide information and advice about pet welfare owners.

The series, called the Petcast, is hosted by actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson and will involve discussions with celebrity pet owners, veterinary surgeons and animal behaviourists.

The first two episodes are available now. The first episode, titled 'Pets and your wellbeing', discusses the positive impact that pets can have on their owners mental and physical health, while the second episode provides expert advice on choosing the right pet to suit your lifestyle.

The Petcast is available on all podcast platforms.

BEVA offering free membership to vet students

13th February 2020

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.

Applications open for Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant

11th February 2020

The RCVS has announced that applications are now open for the 2020 Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) Sarah Brown Research Grant. This is the second year of a five-year commitment in which the 20,000 grant will be awarded.

Named for an elected RCVS council member who tragically passed away in 2017, the grant funds research focusing on any aspect of mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary profession.

Applications are welcome from researchers at all stages of their careers, including those who have not previously been published.

The deadline for research proposals is 5pm on Thursday 30 April.

Information and guidance for applicants is available at:

Image (c) RCVS/MMI