Episode 12 (04/12/2020): Rob Simmons is a cattle vet from Paragon Vets in Cumbria and a member of the British Embryo Technologies Association (BETA). In this edition of CattleCast, Rob demonstrates how embryo transfer can have a significant impact on the health and welfare of the UK cattle population – and highlights the vital role of highly trained, experienced technicians as part of a vet-led team. This is an important topic at a time when RCVS are considering a recommendation to DEFRA that would see epidurals removed from exemption orders as part of its review of the Veterinary Surgeons Act.
Episode 11 (23/11/2020): BCVA Board Member, Colin Mason, highlights the importance of the vet-farmer team when it comes to health planning, prevention and treatment of serious respiratory diseases as we enter what some call ‘Pneumonia Season’.
Episode 10 (26/10/2020): Former BCVA President, Professor David Barrett of Bristol Vet School, describes what impact the pandemic is having on students and illustrates what actions vets in practice can take to make the transition into the profession more inclusive and accessible – from offering EMS places where possible, to being an important diversity ally.
Episode 9 (06/10/2020): Welcome to this special edition of CattleCast – an occasional addition to this series, where we will bring you highlights from BCVA Congress – talks you might have missed – and the ones you will want to listen to again. In this episode Colin Lindsay from 2018 BCVA Congress talks about Antimicrobial Reduction - Past present and the future - are the days of retail practice over?.
Episode 8 (16/09/2020): Sally Wilson offers invaluable, quickfire tips on talking to your farm clients about BVD and Johne’s in order to secure more successful outcomes. This is a great, short masterclass in client communications.
Episode 7 (28/08/2020): BCVA Board Member Sarah Tomlinson explores what can we do to play our part and help our clients play their part in creating a bTB free future. She also shares some details from APHA that show the picture since Coronavirus made everything even more challenging.
Episode 6 (04/08/2020): Phil Elkins talks about the aims of the BCVA Sustainability Working Group and how, as cattle vets, we can combat some of the criticisms of farming practice and support our clients in creating a more sustainable future.
Episode 5 (10/07/2020): Sally Wilson and George Giles talk about how they both started their own businesses within a decade of graduating; the highs and lows – as well as the how and the why.
Episode 4 (25/06/2020): A recording from BCVA Congress 2019 of ‘An holistic approach to TB - there’s more to it than just testing’ by Sarah Tomlinson.
Episode 3 (10/06/2020): BCVA Board member Rachel Hayton offers a useful review of the latest updates relating to Red Tractor; including the scheme to replace physical assessments with live streamed farm audits.
Episode 2 (28/05/2020): The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the UK dairy industry. In this 2nd episode of CattleCast, BCVA Board member Colin Mason offers this invaluable update for vets looking at dairy farmers’ responses to milk supply chain issues since lockdown began.
Episode 1 (20/05/2020): Join President, Nikki Hopkins, for an update on COVID-19 resources in this inaugural podcast from BCVA