BVNA joins Animal Welfare Coalition

As part of our commitment to animal welfare, BVNA has recently dedicated a council member to a new group, led by BVA, as they seek to improve welfare as part of the Vet Futures project.

The veterinary animal welfare coalition includes BVA, the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) and veterinary charities Blue Cross, PDSA and RSPCA. 

We are launching our collaboration to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Animal Welfare Acts (8 November) and we will be encouraging pet owners to talk to their veterinary practices about the five welfare needs. This means that you may start to receive questions from the pet-owning public about welfare needs and the coalition's purpose.

Two-third of pet owners are not familiar with their pet's legal welfare needs. Yet research from the soon-to-be-launched PDSA Animal Welfare (PAW) report 2016 shows that pet owners who feel more informed about each of the five welfare needs are significantly more likely to provide preventive healthcare to their animals.

We know that RVNs are at the forefront of the pet and owner relationship. Together we want to raise public awareness and encourage owners to have a closer relationship with their vet practice for regular discussions about their pet’s welfare needs, as well as encouraging the 15% of pet owners not currently registered with a veterinary practice to start that relationship.

Public-facing communications start on Monday 7th November and you can support the campaign by using the hashtag #5petneeds and by sharing our Facebook and Twitter posts. We have put together some Q&A to help support client conversations around the tenth anniversary of the Animal Welfare Acts and the five welfare needs. You can find the social media text and Q&A in the BVNA members area and please do share what you already use in practice as well.

Thank you in advance of your support with this.

BVNA

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