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RCVS Day: New RCVS President stresses importance of role models to inspire young vets and improve diversity in the profession

During his inaugural speech as President of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for 2019-20, Dr Niall Connell quoted US children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman on the importance of role models for diversity saying, "it's hard to be what you can't see". Niall was invested as RCVS President at this year's Royal College Day - the College's Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony - which took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Friday 12 July. He succeeds Amanda Boag who has now become Senior Vice-President of RCVS.  A graduate of Glasgow Vet School in 1982, Niall has been an elected member of Council since 2013 and had a career in small animal practice including managing the PDSA Petaid Hospital in East Glasgow for 15 years. In 2003, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and, in 2009, took ill-health retirement. As well as being a member of RCVS Council, since his retirement he also works as a Clinical & Professional Skills instructor at Glasgow Vet ...

RCVS Knowledge launches roadshows programme

RCVS Knowledge is to expand its CPD offering with the introduction of quality improvement roadshows, launching in October. The roadshows programme will initially cover the clinical management of hip dysplasia and, in an industry first, continuous quality improvement (QI) dedicated to equine veterinary professionals. 

Flu Update from Richard Newton at the AHT

Richard Newton warns of increasing flu confirmations and of horse owners seemingly ignoring guidance. "Following my last update two weeks ago, the AHT continues to report laboratory confirmed influenza outbreaks across Great Britain, with the total outbreaks now approaching 180 distinct foci so far this year." 

New Equine End of Life Service Launches Nationwide

A new facility providing equine services is being rolled out nationwide, after a successful initial pilot scheme in Scotland over the last few months. The new service assists with information to better help horse, pony and donkey owners with end of life decision making and the practicality of dealing with it.    Aptly called the Equine End of Life Service, it offers access to experienced, skilled and sympathetic  euthanasia and collection professionals by harnessing the network of independent and fully licenced collectors that NFSCo (The National Fallen Stock Company*) currently works with.  They adhere to the highest welfare standards, and bio-security levels are strictly upheld at all times. The web based platform acts as an information source on euthanasia decision-making, and the options for removal and disposal of the animal. The website provides a postcode-based quote generating facility, with a friendly experienced team of helpline staff on hand to offer advice and assist with th ...

MumsVet: Top tips for school starters

With September fast approaching the MumsVet team have put together some top tips for how to prepare for your child's first year at school.

BCVSp exploring options for a Practice Standards Strand for Multidisciplinary Specialist Hospitals

The British College of Veterinary Specialists (BCVSp) has approached the RCVS Practice Standards Group (PSG) to look at the feasibility of a Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) accreditation strand for Multidisciplinary Specialist Hospitals. The PSS aims to make it easier for animal owners to make informed decisions about veterinary care. The aim of the BCVSp proposal is to identify practices that offer a multi-disciplinary service on a referral basis, incorporating standards for specialist care and defining training, veterinary and nursing qualifications, behaviours and facilities which optimise management of cases with complex problems and those requiring advanced diagnostic and/or therapeutic approaches.   “Increasing numbers of veterinary graduates are choosing to pursue training leading to post-graduate diplomas and RCVS recognition as Specialists,” explained Terry Emmerson Hospital Director at North Downs Specialist Referrals and BCVSp trustee.   “Many vets and nurses ar ...

BEVA Congress keeps sport horses on the road

Keeping the sport horse on the road will be the theme for the final day at this year’s BEVA Congress 11-14 September 2019. The session on Saturday 14th will bring together leading vets, farriers and physiotherapists for an holistic look at keeping the sports horse at the top of its game.

Gove delivers new bill to punish animal abusers

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a new bill to enable tougher prison sentences for the worst animal abusers which will be introduced to Parliament today (Wednesday 26 June).

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill means that animal abusers could face up to five years in prison, a significant increase from the current maximum sentence of six months.

This will make it one of the toughest sanctions in Europe, strengthening the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare.

The elephant in the room: How to address the topic of obesity in horses

With equine obesity levels in the UK sky-high, discussions about weight should be one of the most common topics covered by vets, farriers, physios, nutritionists, instructors, and many other healthcare professionals. Of course, this is not an easy conversation to have, and many vets across equine and small animal medicine report being unsure how to approach the topic, particularly if the owner seems like they might be easily offended, or is overweight themselves.

Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons celebrates 60 years in practice with ‘Diamond Series’ CPD events

Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons, one of the largest independent equine veterinary practices in Europe, is celebrating 60 years of service to its clients and is hosting some unique ‘Diamond Series’ CPD events to mark this special anniversary.

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