Episode 35 (15/01/2024): Vets Claire Grigson and Katie Ford talk to Kat Hart about meeting life’s personal and professional challenges. They tell us about how their careers in the veterinary profession, combined with personal struggles, led them to combining all these experiences to develop Vet Empowered, a coaching programme offering one-to-one and group support. A great introduction to ways we can all consider how to build on strength, confidence, and resilience.
Episode 34 (07/11/2023): Laura Donavan, from Nantwich Farm Vets, talks to Kat Hart about the incoming veterinary attestations. With signs now being displayed at markets, it is more likely that farm vets are going to be asked about this by their clients. Laura outlines a realistic approach to the definition of ‘regular visits’ – how these fits in with accreditation schemes, and how to communicate that to the veterinary team. The legislation comes in from 13th December 2023 and will require all producers selling livestock for slaughter to have had an annual farm veterinary visit to allow their animals, and/or part of any animal, to be exported out of the UK. You can see useful FAQs here - https://www.bcva.org.uk/content/regulation.
Episode 33 (24/10/2023): Vet Record Editor in Chief, Suzanne Jarvis, talks to Kat Hart about working with BVA publications since 1998 and the changes in the profession that she’s covered in her various editorial roles. She tells us about the impact of online publishing, being editorially independent of BVA, the role of the advisory group, connecting the profession, and inspiring healthy debates.
Episode 32 (10/05/2023): Each July we open nominations for BCVA Board positions, and here we talk to some of those new members who joined us in 2022. Rose Jackson, James Adams, Amy Cox, and Lara Robinson tell Kat Hart about what made them want to be a part of the association. They talk about the opportunity to learn, grow their connections, shape the organisation and influence the future of the profession. Common concerns include retention, sustainability, pay, and client relationships. Their shared passion for the profession comes through, as well as a desire to help create an environment where everyone can thrive.
Episode 31 (30/03/2023): In this episode Kat Hart talks to vet George Brownlee, CEO of Farm Vet Systems Ltd and VetIMPRESS. He outlines how his love of working with farmers and his own desire to have more information and data as a farm vet to inform clinical decision making, led to the development of the business. A truly inspiring talk about how the vet profession and those working on farm not only bring value but can also demonstrate that value to our clients, having a huge personal impact in food production and environmental sustainability.
Episode 30 (01/03/2023): An important and informative CattleCast where Kat Hart talks to Renzo Di Florio, a farm vet with a special interest in infectious diseases who transferred from practice to industry in 2022 to work with Ceva. He tells us about the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of Q Fever, also known as coxiellosis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that primarily effects cattle, sheep and goats. Join them to explore the most recent studies, consider management strategies, and gain an understanding of the zoonotic risk to farm vets.
Episode 29 (06/01/2023): Kat Hart talks to David Black, Tom Angel, Megan Williams, and Lisa Morgans about the new Vet Sustain/Vet Salus course that is helping our profession become sustainability leaders in UK agriculture. The conversation explores how improving animal health and welfare – the day-to-day activities we’ve all been doing as farm vets for our entire careers – these are all sustainability endeavours. And we can reframe the conversations we have with clients to include how health, welfare and productivity are all entwined in their carbon footprint.
Episode 28 (19/12/2022): Nicole Baldry, Dairy Veterinary Technical Advisor with MSD Animal Health, talks to Kat Hart about Salmonella. We explore the seen and hidden clinical signs, prevalence rates (higher than you might imagine!), the impact on a herd, and how to prevent an outbreak.
Episode 27 (05/12/2022): Ele Brown, head of the TB policy team at Defra, outlines the ongoing impact of the government’s bTB eradication strategy – where there have been improvements and the status of the worst hit Edge Areas. She shows appreciation for the work of the private farm vet and talks to BCVA’s Kat Hart – a cattle vet and farmer – about the role of BCG vaccination as the cull strategy starts to wind down.
Episode 26 (25/07/2022): BCVA’s Kat Hart talks to Jayne Buxton, author of a new book called The Great Plant-Based Con to explore some of the claims being made in the ongoing conversation about plant-based diets and how the debate around health and the environment is being informed.
Episode 25 (01/07/2022): Lisa Morgans, is Head of Livestock at Innovation for Agriculture, an independent knowledge exchange charity, based in the UK. She talks to Kat Hart about moving from mixed to farm practice because of the unique vet-farmer relationships, and how that resulted in a PhD that has in turn inspired a career to help agricultural researchers, businesses, landowners, and farmers to develop the knowledge and technologies that will make modern farming more sustainable, resilient, and productive. They explore the role of benchmarking, discussion and action groups, client clubs, using facilitators, multi-actor farm health teams and sharing knowledge through networks.
Episode 24 (09/05/2022): What are the challenges for today’s farm vet and how do we nurture positive relationships with our colleagues and clients? Former BVA President, James Russell, talks to Kat Hart about how graduating from the RVC in 2002, having been a part of the student cohort called on to help with the challenges of Foot and Mouth, informed his understanding of the relationship between vets and farmers. Having participated in the development of the BCVA’s TB position whilst on Board, he applauds the association for its developing approach to the key issues of the day, such as sustainability and wellbeing. James tells us about being BVA President during a pandemic, liaising with the divisions, the incoming Animal Health and Welfare Pathway, legislative reform, recruitment, and diversity in our profession. He also champions the work of VetLife – did you know there is a regular cohort of 100 people waiting to support our profession via their phoneline?
Episode 23 (23/03/2022): Kat Hart talks to Rachel Hayton about how QuarterPro offers farm vets an entry level approach to managing mastitis and the ability to create tailored strategies for their clients. She outlines the AHDB free tools and resources that are available and how the BCVA training helps farm vets get the most from QuarterPro (online CPD, just £10 for members, £55 for non-members). Rachel also illustrates the 2021 changes to MilkSure that mean from January 2022 only MilkSure trained vets can provide accreditation to their clients.
Episode 22 (02/03/2022): Sally Wilson, Kat Hart, talk frankly about being a farm vet and planning for a family – what it means for you, your family, your practice, and your clients. We hear how planning, pragmatism and thoughtful consideration can make all the difference.
Episode 21 (07/02/2022): Lizzie Lockett, CEO of RCVS, talks to Kat Hart about growing up on a farm with an ambition to be a vet, and then changing her mind while seeing practice after seeing the emotionally challenging reality. A career in journalism and PR led her to a comms role at the RCVS, and back into a profession she has huge admiration for. She gives us an understanding of the role of the Royal College as a ‘compassionate regulator’ - setting standards and helping our profession to develop and progress.
Episode 20 (24/01/2022): A great interview with BCVA President, Elizabeth Berry, who talks to Kat Hart about her incredibly varied career. Hear about her love of surgery, her passion for high welfare standards, working for change, how an injury led to a desk job and another side of veterinary life and a PhD in bovine mastitis.
Episode 19 (12/01/2022): verbal and non-verbal – Kat Hart talks to Fiona MacGillivray, Director of communications consultancy MacVet Ltd. Having worked as a vet in mixed practice she has seen how understanding communication can lead to more meaningful connections and less frustration. She shares her expertise and says everyone can learn techniques that can lead to genuine engagement with colleagues and clients.
Episode 18 (20/12/2021): Kat Hart talks to George Oikonomou, Professor of cattle health and welfare at Liverpool. George shares his lameness expertise and details about his latest genetics research. Lameness costs the UK dairy industry £250 million a year as over half of UK cattle are affected, so George shows us why prevention and treatment is crucial for so many reasons – and how farm vet engagement is key.
Episode 17 (18/11/2021): Emily Gascoigne is in practice with Synergy, having completed an internship there after graduating from Cambridge in 2012. She talks to Kat Hart about farmer training and the value of it as part of the role of the private farm vet. Discover how we don’t need to be a walking encyclopaedia on any given subject – just sharing the knowledge we have in creative ways will develop client relationships, and build understanding.
Episode 16 (15/07/2021): Kat Hart talks to Sarah Tomlinson and Bridget Taylor about new opportunities for farm vets to feel empowered and how they can engage their clients to better manage bTB. Through CHECS TB Entry Level Membership and the associated BCVA training course, everyone can get a clearer view of the potential risk pathways that give us back control – engaging our clients and fine tuning our approaches to reduce wildlife disease and reduce cattle to cattle transmission with accessible, no-risks approaches to biosecurity.
Episode 15 (21/04/2021): Ongoing education is an inevitable part of vet life and it can be fulfilling as well as career developing. Kat Hart talks to three other BCVA Board members about some of the options for structured CPD available to farm vets. Rebecca Cavill talks about taking on a Cert AVP after three years of graduation and what impact it has on work and life. Sally Wilson describes starting a Diploma after four years as a farm vet and her new role as an external examiner. John Remnant gained his RCVS Specialist status by undertaking the European Diploma, as part of his residency at Nottingham, where he now works and has also completed his PhD. What will your next step be?.
Episode 14 (07/04/2021): Fiona Lovatt is an RCVS-recognised Specialist in sheep health, and a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Nottingham. She talked to Kat Hart about her role as the Farm Vet Champions Clinical Lead – and how farm vet practices can participate in the initiative in order to advance responsible antibiotic use in cattle practice.