Veterinary News Headlines
  • Bedford vet struck off for allowing dog to suffer

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has struck off the Register a veterinary surgeon who delayed attending a dog that had been run over at a farm, causing her to suffer unnecessarily. Following a two-day hearing, the Disciplinary Committee found Munhuwepasi...
  • RSPCA accused of uncharitable behaviour

    The BBC has broadcast an investigation in which the RSPCA is accused of various acts of inappropriate and uncharitable behaviour towards a veterinary surgeon, a barrister, an aged pet owner and the owners of an animal sanctuary. The accusations were...
  • One in seven vets burnt out within 10 years

    The Veterinary Record has published new research which shows that one in seven vets is likely to be burnt-out within 10 years of qualifying. The study was conducted by a team of Dutch researchers led by Nicole Mastenbroek (pictured right) from the...
  • Vets4Pets set to revolutionise OOH with 24 hour clinics

    Vets4Pets has announced that it is piloting a 'revolutionary' new 24/7 service at its practices in Rayleigh in Essex, Rustington in Sussex and Bournemouth in Dorset. The company says that clients of the new 24/7 clinics will be able to have...
  • Homeopathic vet convicted of cruelty

    Dorset-based homeopathic practitioner Philippa Rodale, who requested that her name be removed from the RCVS Register in July , has been convicted of cruelty at Weymouth Magistrates Court. The case related to Mrs Rodale's treatment of a female foxhound...
  • Election result: landslide for Tory vet

    Neil Hudson MRCVS, one of three veterinary surgeons to stand in the general election, has been elected to represent Penrith and the Border for the Conservatives with a majority of 18,519. Danny Chambers MRCVS had a disappointing night after seeing...
  • Animalcare launches Plaqtiv+ dental care range

    Animalcare has launched Plaqtiv+, a range of dental care products for cats and dogs designed to reduce the formation of calculus. The range includes a water additive which received a Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) approval after being shown...
  • Discussion about new POM-EA medicine category 'premature'

    Urging vets to 'get off their backsides and respond to a VMD consultation' on the introduction of a new POM-EA category ( Vet Times, 19 th October ) is premature. Contrary to the report, the VMD has not yet launched a formal consultation. Jo Cawthorne...
  • Rare golden eagle dies after being placed in care of RSPCA

    A wild golden eagle, one of only 442 breeding pairs, has died after being confiscated from a falconry expert who was nursing the animal back to health, and placed in the care of the RSPCA instead. Roy Lupton, a falconer from Kent, saved the eagle...
  • Fake 'vet' removed from RCVS Register

    The Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons last week directed that the name of a man who had been illegally practising as a veterinary surgeon in the North West of England be removed from the RCVS Register, having found...
  • Genitrix launches new canine epilepsy treatment

    Genitrix has launched Libromide, the first licensed formulation of potassium bromide for the treatment of canine epilepsy, following what the company believes to be the largest ever trial of dogs suffering from epilepsy. Genitrix says the availability...
  • iPad reviewed for VetSurgeon

    The Apple iPad made its UK debut last week. I queued outside the Apple shop for over 15 minutes (well, it was Salisbury, not Regent Street) on launch day to get my hands on one of the first and review it for VetSurgeon members. For those that don't...
  • BVA expresses concern about new vet school

    The British Veterinary Association has expressed concern following the announcement by the University of Surrey that it is launching a new school of veterinary medicine, with the first cohort of students due to start in 2014. Peter Jones, President...
  • RCVS responds to OOH home visit petition

    RCVS President Neil Smith has issued a statement in response to the petition by Devon vet Jo Dyer which called for the removal of mandatory house visits from the Code of Professional Conduct and received just shy of 1300 signatures over the past 48 hours...
  • BVA hits the headlines with call for end to ritual slaughter

    BVA president-elect John Blackwell has found himself on the front page of The Times today, and interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme , with a call to end the practice of slitting animal's throats and allowing them to bleed to death in order to produce...
  • Suffolk vet struck off for bestiality

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has struck off Suffolk vet Oliver Fraser Lown after finding him guilty of five separate charges relating to the possession of extreme animal pornography and sexual activity with animals. Mr Lown, who graduated from...
  • Jack Russell gets royal treatment

    A Jack Russell from Thurso had a bit of a surprise last week, when it looked down the stethoscope to find Prince Charles at the other end. The slightly unlikely encounter happened when the prince visited the newly-extended North Highland College Rural...
  • Texas vet provokes outrage after posting picture of cat she'd killed with a bow and arrow

    A vet from Texas hit the headlines this weekend after allegedly killing a feral cat with a bow and arrow and then posting photographs and bragging about it on Facebook. According to various news reports, Kristen Lindsey DVM's post quickly went viral...
  • Government asks if foreign vets should have their English tested

    The RCVS is encouraging veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and other members of the practice team to respond to a government consultation on changing the law to introduce English language testing for veterinary surgeons who have qualified from elsewhere...
  • Homeopaths up in arms about new RCVS position on alternative medicine

    The Faculty of Homeopathy and the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) have responded to the RCVS's new position on the use of complementary and alternative medicines in veterinary practice. The organisations say that the...
  • STOP PRESS. BVA webinar: COVID-19 and the veterinary profession. Noon tomorrow.

    BVA President Daniella Dos Santos is hosting a COVID-19 webinar for all members of the practice team at noon tomorrow (Sunday 22nd March). The aim of the webinar is to help bring everyone together to support one another and review how the profession...
  • My name? Yes, it's Merial-Intervet-Schering-Plough

    Merck, part owner of Merial, has announced a merger with Intervet Schering-Plough. However, rumours that Merck plans to sell its 50% stake in Merial and move forward with Intervet Schering Plough are incorrect, according to Merck spokespeople. ...
  • ITV's 'Tonight' programme portrays vets as money-grabbing

    ITV's Tonight programme broadcast last night portrayed a veterinary profession in which overcharging is commonplace. Researchers for the programme took three healthy animals (a cat, a dog and a rabbit) to a number of different vets, telling them....
  • Vet students pushed to the brink

    A survey carried out in 2008 by the British Veterinary Association and its student branch, the Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) has found that that one in three students find themselves in difficult or severe financial situations, more than half...
  • Test your knowledge of the Guide to Professional Conduct

    The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has launched an online quiz to test its members' knowledge of the Guide to Professional Conduct . The Guide outlines what is acceptable professional and ethical behaviour for veterinary surgeons. It is developed...