Representation and Education

A ‘Good to Know’ Round-up

As well as BCVA, organisations across our profession have been working hard to help in these challenging times. Here is some of the information from us and from others that has come across the BCVA desk that we know you will want to be aware of:


A Response to BCVA’s Critical Business Request

On 27 March BCVA wrote to key ministers urging the government to recognise farm veterinary practices as ‘business critical’ in order for the profession to gain access the £350 billion package of measures that includes rates relief and grants.

The letter was sent to:
George Eustice MP, Secretary of State Defra
Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State BEIS 
Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State Wales
Brandon Lewis MP, Secretary of State Northern Ireland
Alister Jack MP, Secretary of State Scotland

We have so far received this response from the office of Alister Jack, MP.


RABDF Calls for Dairy Farmers to Record Losses

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is urging producers affected by the COVID-19 milk crisis to submit an online daily account of their losses after the Government calls for data on the severity of the issue in the UK. The association is urging every producer who has been affected to fill out the short 2-minute survey each day. It would be useful for the industry if vets could promote this to your affected dairy farmers.

Access the survey. 


Request for Bulk Milk Samples

There has been a request for vets to provide bulk milk samples to assist in Enferplex test validation. Briefly, samples are required from herds with disclosed reactors at their TB test (taken on day 1 or day 2) and also from herds that have had no TB for more than 8 years and are more than 10km away from any issue.  A small fee is available to cover the cost of the samples. For more information please email Alistair Hayton - [email protected].


Surrey and Axiom Services Still Open

The University of Surrey is still accepting submissions from farmers and veterinary surgeons as part of the on-going national surveillance scheme despite the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Investigations can be initiated by veterinary surgeons where there are farm animals with disease and sudden death.

For those based in the South East of England, the University of Surrey’s Veterinary Pathology Centre (VPC) is welcoming submissions to assist practitioners with cases during this time and would urge those experiencing issues with animal disease to make contact.

The free-to-submitter carcase collection service is available to those farms more than an hour from either an APHA Veterinary Investigation Centre (VIC) or one of our partner post-mortem examination (PME) providers.

Check if your farmer is in an area where free collection.

Axiom also plans to maintain as full a farm animal diagnostic service as possible, including routine screens, cattle health schemes testing and pharmaceutical company sponsored testing such as Dairycheck and Beefcheck. The company says that that they are currently able to provide results within our turnaround times.


AHDB Healthy Feet Survey

The Healthy Feet Programme was launched in 2011 – there are now 138 Mobility Mentors trained and using the programme. AHDB are funding an update and asking for your ideas to make HFP more useful. Please participate – the deadline is 4 May.

Access the survey links


RVC PhD Survey – Call for Volunteers

The RVC are looking for vet volunteers to take part in a study that aims to explore the views and experiences of cattle vets, regarding animal health and disease and the challenges they can face in practice. Participants are required to undertake a one-hour telephone or skype interview. Please contact Mary Tivey at [email protected] if you are interested. 

If you like participating in questionnaires, then do keep an eye on the Survey pages of the website.


Take part in the 2.6 Challenge for Send a Cow

Although many fundraising events have been cancelled, you can still take on a 2.6 challenge and help communities in rural Africa to stop the spread of Coronavirus. The event takes place this weekend on 26 April – the original date of the London Marathon – so you can make 26 cupcakes, or dance in your kitchen for 26 minutes, or run 2.6 miles as part of your daily exercise. See the Send A Cow website for more information.


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