ABSTRACT: There are over 9 million dogs in the UK and, according to statistics from the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey (Autumn 2015), two-thirds of vets (67%) reported seeing dogs that required conformation-altering surgeries and caesareans in the previous 12 months. The issue around dog health and welfare caused by the popularity of certain dog breeds is well known to those in the veterinary profession; however, statistics like this demonstrate that action needs to be taken to prevent the welfare situation of UK dogs declining further.


Gudrun Ravetz President of the British Veterinary Association

Gudrun Ravetz is the President of the British Veterinary Association. Growing up in North West England, Gudrun graduated from the University of Liverpool Institute of Veterinary Science in 2002. Now living in Skirwith, Cumbria, with her young family, Gudrun is an external interviewer for prospective veterinary students at the University of Liverpool and Chief Veterinary Officer for Denplan Pet Health Plans.

Keywords: Feature, Data, Altering surgeries 

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 32 (01) • January 2017 pp22-24

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