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Taylor On 17 July 2020, Robert William Taylor, BVM, BVS, MRCVS, of Northwich, Cheshire. Mr Taylor qualified from Nottingham in 2015.

doi: 10.1136/vr.m3064

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Survey on foreleg problems in Glen of Imaal terriers

The Glen of Imaal terrier is a chondrodystrophic breed, with ‘forelegs short, well boned and slightly bowed’ and ‘front feet to turn out slightly from pastern’.1

The Glen of Imaal Terrier Association and Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts and Fanciers Club (EFC) are hearing about young dogs with foreleg problems, and so a survey is being conducted of those born on or after 1 January 2010 (alive and dead), to look at the numbers of owners seeking veterinary advice for their terriers.

If you have investigated, treated and/or referred a Glen of Imaal terrier with foreleg problems, please encourage the owner to complete the survey. To ensure the accuracy of information provided, respondents are encouraged to complete a checklist with their veterinary surgeon before starting the survey.

Links to the checklist and the survey can be found at: https://glenhealth.wixsite.com/forelegsurvey. The survey closes on 4 October...

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New bTB policy will help us tackle the disease

I’m going to be honest: as a farm animal practitioner watching bovine TB (bTB) spread slowly across Staffordshire and into Derbyshire over 15 years, it nearly beat me. I felt entirely helpless to do anything other than chart the disease’s steady spread. As a private vet, I was rarely included in the loop of conversations about the latest local herd breakdowns, nor the outcomes of postmortem examinations from my clients’ own farms by various government departments. My farmer clients and I felt embittered and battle weary. Farmers fell into two camps – either those with the disease on their farm, or those waiting to get it.

This is not a great starting point for controlling and eradicating a notifiable infection from a farm, region or country, and was certainly counter to the approach we were taking for other diseases.

This was high among the reasons why I was very...

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How can we futureproof vet education?

As a current final-year student at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, I am experiencing first hand the impact that unanticipated global events have on a clinical education.

I should have started my hospital rotations on the 1 June, but these have been pushed back until the 24 August, meaning my cohort will have lost three months of in-person, hands-on training compared to a normal graduating class, training that is vital to mould us into competent vets by graduation.

We now feel woefully under-prepared for entering the profession

This has highlighted the drawbacks of leaving so much of our practical teaching to the last year of training. Too much reliance is placed on final-year rotations and externships, and because much of our final year has been disrupted by the pandemic, we now feel woefully underprepared for entering the profession. We need to adapt the vet...

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Sharing stories in our BVA Covid Clinics

Following on from our popular Sunday Covid webinars, we set up the BVA Covid Clinics to keep the conversations going. Sally Burnell, director of policy, media and strategy, reports on a series of successful sessions.

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Not receiving BVA emails?

During the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve worked hard to keep all our members informed, mostly via email, but we don’t always know if we have your most up-to-date contact details.

If you’ve not been receiving emails from BVA HQ on everything from Council papers to event information to our weekly enews please log in to our website and visit the My BVA section to make sure your details are up to date.

If your details are correct but you’re still not receiving emails it might be because you’ve opted out of email communications from BVA. Contact us via membership@bva.co.uk to update your preferences.

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New BVA bTB policy sets out five key priorities

Our newly published policy on controlling and eradicating bovine TB is the most comprehensive review of bTB policy by the veterinary profession. Over 15 months, our expert working group reviewed, analysed and debated the latest evidence to set out a roadmap to guide the efforts of vets, farmers and government to tackle this devastating disease.

The membership of our working group drew on a breadth of experience from across the profession, with representatives from BVA branches and specialist divisions. They engaged with a wide range of experts from the UK and devolved governments, scientists, social scientists, practitioners, farming unions and animal welfare charities.

Our working group was guided by a growing evidence base, from a range of disciplines, that is deepening the understanding of all aspects of bTB. In particular, behavioural science research was at the front and centre of our thinking.

Commissioning new research is vital to continue...

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BVA HQ reopens for Canine Health Schemes scoring sessions

Kelly Thatcher, head of CHS operations and business development, reports that the Canine Health Schemes are operating again and have started clearing the backlog of postal submissions that built up while BVA headquarters was closed.

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A strong voice for vets in UK parliaments

Mandy Ryan, head of media and public affairs at BVA, gives the final update on BVA’s political engagement activity ahead of the parliamentary recess.

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Free CPD from AWF

Following the cancellation of this year’s Discussion Forum, Erika Singh from the Animal Welfare Foundation recommends catching up on the CPD-accredited sessions from past Discussion Forums.

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Resilience in the face of change

Fabian Rivers, YVN rep on BVA Council, says it’s natural to feel anxious in uncertain times, but new grads can draw on the resilience that got them through their studies to overcome current concerns around Covid-19.

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Join us in June next year for BVA Live!

Eleanor Patterson, head of marketing, introduces BVA Live – an exciting new event for the UK veterinary community.

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'Job satisfaction was always my goal

Jo de Klerk studied vet medicine in the UK and now lives in South Africa. Her portfolio career gives her variety, plus the flexibility that allows her to spend time with her daughter.

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Ian Ramsey has been appointed president of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for 2020/2021. He graduated from the University of Liverpool and gained a PhD from the University of Glasgow. He gained both the UK and European diplomas in small animal medicine at the University of Cambridge and is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in small animal medicine. He returned to Glasgow university in 1998 where he has been professor of small animal medicine since 2009. He has published in the fields of infectious diseases, endocrinology and neurology, but is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine. In 2016 he became of fellow of the RCVS.

Tim Parkin has been appointed as the new head of Bristol vet school. He will take up the role on 9 November. He graduated from Bristol in 1998 and joined the University of Glasgow as a senior fellow in clinical...

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Locuming with health issues can be a positive experience

Despite suffering a variety of injuries over the past two years, Steven Impey has continued work as a locum vet. Being honest and open about your limitations can allow you to apply your skills in practice, he says.

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Diary of a parliamentary intern

The Veterinary Policy Research Foundation employs a veterinary intern to assist Lord Trees in advancing veterinary thinking in parliament. Here, the current intern Catrina Prince shares an update.

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UK crane numbers on the rise

Crane numbers in the UK are at a 400-year high after conservation efforts. Emma Culjat-Vukman reports

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Prolonged lockdown will make welfare suffer

By Josh Loeb

Lockdowns across Europe cannot carry on forever because the animal welfare costs are too high, the president of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) has argued.

In a webinar broadcast on 31 May, FVE president Rens van Dobbenburgh said that if countries in Europe persisted with restrictions on what services vets can provide, animal welfare would be badly impacted.

He said the problem was compounded because the stricter the lockdown, the higher the financial losses borne by vet practices – something that would have knock-on effects on animal health and welfare in the longer term because it meant fewer vets on hand to treat animals.

Van Dobbenburgh confirmed that, while countries in Europe were currently at different stages of their lockdowns, many were still far from ‘back to normal’, with many borders still closed or partially closed, social distancing in place and mandatory mask wearing...

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Covid-19: 10 lessons from young farm vets

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for farm vets and their practices across the world, but how has the pandemic been seen by younger vets? Annie Kerr discusses

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EAEVE is fully operational

The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) would like to clarify a few points made by Josh Loeb in a news article ‘Legal loophole closed for non-EU graduates’ (VR, 14 March 2020, vol 186, p 299).

EAEVE created and manages the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training together with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), the aim being to assess the quality of veterinary education in veterinary teaching establishments, not only in Europe but throughout the world. This system is based on standards and the regular evaluation of each member establishment every seven years, following a strict standard operating procedure (SOP).

EAEVE was evaluated by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and was considered compliant with the standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European higher education area, which led to the inclusion of EAEVE on the European quality assurance register...

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