Tenancy reforms receive a warm vet welcome

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) welcomed the Victorian Government’s recent announcement that it will make renting fairer, ending discrimination against renters with pets. Paula Parker, president of the AVA, said the body had been contributed to the Government’s review, and had advocated for more pet-friendly accommodation. “There needs to be […]

Copenhagen Congress calls for brachycephalic dog action

According to the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and the Danish Small Animal Veterinary Association (DSAVA/FHKS), the increased popularity of brachycephalic breeds – including pugs and French bulldogs – is linked to concerning trends for dog health and welfare. Issues […]

Vet ethics: Emotional damages for animals: further considerations

In the previous Vet Ethics column, I raised the issue of whether veterinarians should be held legally liable to pay emotional damages in civil suits to bereaved clients for medical or surgical malpractice. This is a debate being had in Animal Law circles, particularly in the US. One reason for […]

Livestock voyage conditions may be reviewed

Changes to bedding and assessment protocols on live export voyages are being considered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, following a controversial journey and calls by Vets Against Live Export (VALE). The department told The Veterinarian it is establishing a technical advisory committee to review the Australian Standards […]