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Defra launches mandatory CCTV consultation

Defra has launched a consultation on implementing mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses.

Theresa May’s EU citizen offer ‘falls short’

EU veterinarians and veterinarian nurses living in the UK deserve better than the Prime Minister’s proposals for ‘UK settled status’, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

Political parties praised by British vets

The inclusion of animal health and welfare in the main political parties’ manifestos has been commended by the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

Vet association welcomes results of antibiotic resistant bacteria testing

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has labelled the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) risk assessment on MRSA and LA-MRSA as “very positive news”.

BVA survey reveals data surveillance concerns

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reiterated the importance of a “robust surveillance system” and how vital it is to the health of UK livestock. 

Vets condemn CCTV recommendation report

British vets have today (19 December) expressed disappointment at a report instructed by the Welsh Government. 

British vets call for mandatory animal welfare labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on meat and dairy products. 

FSA acknowledges significant threat of antimicrobial-resistant E.coli

Following on from a report revealing concerning levels of antibiotic-resistant E.coli found in UK supermarket poultry and pork, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it recognised the "significant threat" it poses to human health.

Badger cull row rumbles on following extension

A reported extension to the badger cull has reawoken an ongoing row regarding the process and its impact on tackling TB in cattle.

BVDFree campaign gathers support

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has joined a 70-strong coalition of organisations from the veterinary profession, industry, science sector and government to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from England ahead of the 2016 BVDFree campaign launch on Friday (1 July). 

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future “uncertainty” following Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 

British vets lead the way in animal welfare

A new British Veterinary Association (BVA) survey has shown that 71% of vets check meat labels and question the produce before purchase. 

Industry experts to debate antibiotic report

Following on from the recent Jim O’Neill report, which called for a global initiative to decrease the number of antibiotics used in livestock, leading veterinarians and stakeholders are coming together to discuss the welfare considerations, ethics and economic pressures of livestock production for the meat industry. 

AIMS issues response to CCTV calls from BVA and VPHA

The recent call from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, and that official veterinarians (OV) should have unrestricted access to footage, has sparked debate within the industry. 

CCTV footage call ignites debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s recent call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and that official veterinarians (OV) to have unrestricted access to footage has divided the sector. 

Trade groups back call for global action against superbugs

Global action and country-specific targets to reduce antimicrobials’ use in livestock are called for by a report tackling antimicrobial resistance launched today (May 19). 

RSPCA backs CCTV in abattoirs campaign

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has added support to a campaign backed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses. 

Animal welfare enters election debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), including its Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh branches, has launched three manifestos urging parliamentarians to act upon animal health and welfare under a One Health agenda for government, ahead of next month’s national elections in the three areas of the UK. 

BVD testing welcomed in Northern Ireland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), alongside its Northern Ireland branch, welcomed the commencement of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) education programme in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 1 March. 

Industry in disagreement over lack of animal slaughter policy

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said it is concerned about figures revealing that almost two-thirds of food companies have no information on their commitment to stunning animals on slaughter.

Abolishment of pre-export testing on brucellosis welcomed

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Association Northern Ireland have welcomed the announcement that pre-export testing for brucellosis in Northern Ireland will be made redundant. 

Badger vaccination project suspended in Wales

The decision to suspend the badger vaccination project in Wales has been met with disappointment.

BVA react to Defra cuts

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed relief at the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, which was announced on Wednesday 26 November. 

Concerns over new poultry slaughter regulations

New slaughter regulations from Defra regarding the killing of poultry have raised concerns over the welfare of the birds with the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

Scotland’s bovine TB measures welcomed

Scotland’s latest measures against bovine TB have been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the BVA’s Scottish branch.

Veterinary body urges trapping badgers before shooting

Badgers killed as part of anti-bovine TB culling programmes in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire should be trapped in a cage before being shot, rather than being shot while roaming free.

Northern Ireland seeks brucellosis-free status for cattle

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed news that Stormont’s Department of Agriculture is applying to the EU for Northern Ireland cattle to be declared brucellosis-free. 

Pro-religious slaughter e-petition smashes signature target

An e-petition calling for non-stun slaughter to be supported in the UK and the EU has smashed through its 100,000 signature target, only days after it was launched.

Rival e-petition launched in support of non-stun slaughter

A e-petition in support of religious slaughter in the UK and the EU is gaining momentum, amassing more than 60,000 signatures in one week.

Date set for debate on non-stun slaughter

MPs are set to debate the issue of non-stun slaughter after an e-petition by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reached its 100,000 signature target, at the end of last month.

Vet bodies issue joint statement on piglet disease

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) have released a statement on the isolation of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in piglets in eastern England.

Vets’ body urges action on animal welfare and disease

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has set out its 2015 general election manifesto, urging parties to commit to action on animal welfare and disease prevention.

BVA non-stun petition reaches 100,000 signature goal

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) e-petition on calling for an end to non-stun slaughter has reached its target of 100,000 signatures, it was announced today (29 January).

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Veterinary body pushes for consumers to be better informed on slaughter

Nine out of 10 British vets believe consumers need to be better informed about slaughter methods and welfare at slaughter, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

BVA recognises veterinary excellence at awards

A number of impressive individuals won awards for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession at the British Veterinary Association’s Members Day in Manchester.

New president for veterinary body

Shropshire farm animal and equine veterinary surgeon John Blackwell has been elected as president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2014/15.

Vast majority of vets buy British meat

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

BVA calls for early intervention in animal health issues

A survey has revealed that musculoskeletal conditions, infertility and mastitis are the most common reasons for vets to be called out to farms, and The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging farmers to work with them to prevent the health concerns.

BVA welcomes launch of new badger vaccination scheme

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the launch of the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS), announced by Defra earlier this week.

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

Halal body condemns BVA ‘attacks’ over non-stun slaughter

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has written an open letter to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), accusing it of “continuous attacks against the Muslim and Jewish communities”.

BVA ramps up pressure on government on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to party leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its campaign to end non-stun slaughter.

Parliamentary group calls for more halal labelling research

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report calling for more research into labelling of halal products.

Prime Minister orders review into antibiotic resistance

The Prime Minister has commissioned an independent review to explore the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Veterinary body to reassure MPs on antimicrobial resistance

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has announced it will reassure members of parliament (MPs) of its dedication to tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

BVA calls on Defra to explain poultry stunning delay

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that Defra “must explain” for the delay in implementation of EU poultry stunning laws.

Badger Trust moves to challenge cull decision

The Badger Trust has made an application for a judicial review to challenge the legality of Defra’s decision in April to continue the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

BVA calls for clarity on future regulations in Scotland

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) expressed “frustration” over Scottish independence and outlined views on non-stun slaughter at its annual Scottish conference.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

BVA takes proactive stance on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a government epetition to end the non-stun slaughter of animals, to support animal welfare.

BVA concerned at calls for sick animals to be slaughtered

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has questioned remarks made by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dame Sally Davies that sick animals should be slaughtered rather than treated, and has asked for clarification on the issue.

Sharia Halal Board issues response to BVA

The Sharia Halal Board (SHB) has hit back at comments made by the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) John Blackwell, regarding the morality of non-stun slaughter, calling them confusing to Muslims and Jews.

BVA reiterates position on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA’s), president-elect John Blackwell would like ministers to consider following Denmark’s example and ban non-stun slaughter, it has been reported.

Receding flood waters pose dangers to animals, say vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says that animals in flood-stricken areas are at risk from disease as waters recede.

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