Representation and Education

What will cattle health and welfare look like in a post-Brexit world?

In a post-Brexit world, British agriculture will no longer be governed by the Common Agricultural Policy. This provides an opportunity to shape future English agricultural policy whilst ensuring that we maintain world-leading health and welfare standards within our thriving agricultural sector. This webinar will provide an overview of the current structures being established and details of how farm animal vets can have their say.

This is a FREE webinar for BCVA members and will be broadcast on TUESDAY 18th February from 8-9pm and will be presented by Jon Statham and BCVA representatives to consult on what the proposed Animal Health Pathway will look like for the cattle industry. Join and have your say in what it should look like. We need your views!.

Jonathan graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He is a cattle vet & partner in Bishopton Veterinary Group, a 40 vet practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire (a member of XL Vets) and is director and Chief Executive of RAFT solutions Ltd (an innovative veterinary research, consultancy and knowledge exchange company). He is Past-President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society and has sat on the GB ‘Cattle Health & Welfare Group’ (CHAWG), GB ‘Sheep Health & Welfare Group’ (SHAWG), the Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and is a past director of Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) and member of the ‘Farmskills’ Steering Group.

He is an examiner for the University of Liverpool, member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner Panel, a member of the Nottingham Dairy Innovation Forum, the International Embryo Transfer Society & served on the Veterinary Residues & Products Committees (VRC & VPC) of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). He currently sits on the UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Research Industry Advisory Board, Dairy Cattle Mobility Steering Group, is a fellow of Askham Bryan College & is a non-executive director of the Animal Health & Welfare Board of England (AHWBE). Main veterinary interests include reproductive technologies, nutrition, mastitis control and progressive herd health & production management. He has published a wide range of papers, articles and book chapters and is a co-author of textbook ‘Dairy Herd Health’. He holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Diploma in Cattle Health & Production, is a RCVS recognised specialist in Cattle Health & Production and was named UK Dairy Vet of the year 2015.

The Animal Health & Welfare Pathway

What is the pathway?

  • Brexit offers an opportunity for innovation and positive change in livestock food production
  • The Pathway is a sustainable long-term framework for animal health and welfare;
  • The Pathway will be able to launch programmes to reduce instances of endemic diseases and improve animal welfare
  • The Pathway will be adaptable to changing requirements and environmental influences
  • The Pathway will be co-designed; led by industry representatives and supported by government to develop the long-term resilience of the livestock industry


Principles of the pathway

  • Industry leadership supported by government
  • Support provided to help farmers improve health and welfare in partnership with their veterinary surgeons
  • Taking steps to reduce endemic disease will support productivity improvements, reduce environmental impacts and reduce the use of antibiotics.
  • Co-design and co-funded
  • Bottom up approach
  • Enable farm to fork audit
  • Enable widespread uptake across the country

Register for this Webinar now at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements:

PC-Based attendees - Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees - Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees - iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

We look forward to 'seeing' you there! The Webinar counts as 1 hour of CPD and a CPD certificate will be available to download after attending the webinar.


Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. After clicking on the link within this invitation, you will be invited to register for the webinar and will be given a unique log-in to access the live webinar at the time. You should enter your BCVA membership number where indicated. By enrolling for the free webinar you are giving permission for BCVA office staff to later verify your membership status. Some individuals may be contacted directly by BCVA office in order to do so. The webinar is also available to purchase by non-members for £40.

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