I.V.C. acquires 500th practice.

Independent Vetcare

So what is the corporisation of the veterinary industry? It has suddenly taken a major foothold. Independent Vetcare (IVC) said, in a record year, it had acquired its 500th practice “to become the UK’s market leader in veterinary care”. IVC Group built from a platform of just 20 practices in 2011 to Britain’s largest (numerical) practice group and now employs … Read More

Gender Pay Gap Still Exists in the Vet Profession!

Vet Profession

Two new surveys reported in the Vet Record   this week have revealed a gender pay gap of up to 36% in the UK veterinary profession. The first survey, which was conducted by CM Research, found that male veterinary surgeons get paid more across all levels and roles. Based on 2016-17 salary data collected from 810 vets across the UK, the survey showed … Read More

Bird flu prevention zone in England!

A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across the whole of England, Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens has confirmed today. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. It comes as 13 dead wild birds were confirmed to have the virus in Warwickshire. Last week 17 wild birds tested positive in Dorset and … Read More

Being a Vet – Popular Girls Career Choice!

The BBC news reported: The findings are from a survey of 20,000 children by the Education and Employers careers charity. The results are to be presented to business leaders at Davos next week. The study asked primary school children, aged seven to 11, in 20 countries to draw pictures of the jobs they wanted to have when they grew up. Gender roles … Read More

#BreedtoBreathe Campaign

BVA encourages UK vets to join #BreedtoBreathe campaign New initiative aims to mount collective veterinary effort to help combat “normalisation and rise in popularity of brachycephalic features in dogs”. The BVA is urging practices to avoid using images of brachycephalic dogs across their communication channels. The BVA is appealing to UK vets to support its campaign to help stem the … Read More

A new Tb Test?

A unique test to detect diseases such as bTB and Johne’s disease, with the global potential to be worth “billions” of pounds, will be commercially available to UK veterinary laboratories from the end of November. The test, Actiphage, which is in the process of securing a worldwide patent, is based on advanced bacteriophage research conducted by Cath Rees, associate professor … Read More

A recruitment crisis?

The Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) has published the results of its Recruitment Survey which concludes that there is a very real recruitment crisis in the veterinary profession which is set to worsen. 238 veterinary surgeons responded to the survey which found that 52.3% of practices reported that they do not have all the veterinary surgeons they need, with … Read More