Caring Vets is an Association of Dutch Veterinarians taking a stand to improve Animal Welfare, based on the Veterinary Code of Conduct.
This website is mainly in Dutch, however, we very much welcome our colleagues abroad to contact us to unite forces where possible. Statements and articles in English can be found below.
English Statements & Articles
Whenever animals are seen grieving the dead, we sit up and take notice. In August 2018, an orca calf died off the coast of Vancouver Island, and its mother, Tahelqua, kept its corpse with her for 17 days straight. The
There's more than enough science that shows animals are emotional beings.
"We like to see ourselves as special, but whatever the difference between humans and animals may be, it is unlikely to be found in the emotional domain." (Frans de Waal)
A recent New York
Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, have temporarily banned live exports. This decision was triggered by the transport of a pregnant cow due to travel from Bavaria to Uzbekistan, a 5000-km journey. The veterinary officer in charge refused to issue a health certificate, thus making it
Een film van de faculteit Diergeneeskunde te Utrecht (2012) / A film produced by the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht (2012) * scroll down for English text and filmversion with English subtitles.
Dierenartsen uit alle sectoren lopen tegen welzijnsproblemen bij dieren op. Er
Owners consider equine companionship an important part of horse welfare, but are they paying enough attention to the composition of the groups?
A study published this week in the journal Animals explores how the make-up of groups affects the welfare of horses kept
How can we “care for the carers” and help influence the next generation of veterinary practitioners towards more empathy for farmed animals?
Author: Elena Nalon, published on Faunalytics (reproduced with permission).
The general public identifies veterinarians as the most credible source of information regarding animal
It is the opinion of the vets, nurses, related professionals and organisations from all over the world listed on this website that the breeding of extremely brachycephalic animals is fundamentally wrong on welfare grounds and should be stopped. We would
The short nose in flat-faced dog and cat breeds is unacceptable and negatively affects animal welfare. Veterinarians call for action!
The French Bulldog, the Pug and the Persian are examples of flat-faced (brachycephalic) dog and cat breeds that are currently very
AVATMA report: Killing or slaughter of animals without prior stunning. Exceptions to European legislation on animal welfare.
Herewith the Caring Vets from The Netherlands declare that we fully support the report on “Killing or slaughter of animals without prior stunning. Exceptions to European legislation
2.1 Veterinarians and Animals
Veterinarians should be aware of the particular ethical status of animals as sentient beings
and the veterinary responsibility for animal health and animal welfare.
Veterinarians should always take into account the five freedoms for assessing animal welfare:
- Freedom from