Who we are

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) was formed in 1952 but stems from the National Veterinary Association created in 1882.

The BVA is the only UK veterinary association that looks after the interest of all vets in all disciplines and at every stage of their career.

We currently have over 14,000 members and an annual turnover approaching £5 million. 

Read about our history.

BVA structure

Our organisational structure is comprised of

Also included in our structure are

Objectives and powers

Our objectives and powers are set out in our Memorandum and Articles of Association  


The purpose of the BVA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to transact a number of business items that relate to the internal affairs of the Association. These include:

  • The election of the President and President Elect
  • The appointment and re-appointment of non-member Directors
  • The election of Honorary Members and Life Members as recommended by Council
  • The consideration of the annual report, income and expenditure account balance sheet, and auditors’ report as presented by the Board
  • The appointment of auditors

The AGM is usually held in September and members are notified in advance via the Veterinary Record. The AGM 2013 was held on 26 September at Cardiff City Hall.

Further information on the remit and operation of the AGM is contained within the Articles of Association.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The veterinary profession’s UK governing body is the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The RCVS is a statutory body set up to administer the Veterinary Surgeons Act and is responsible for the registration, education and discipline of the profession - the BVA does not carry out these functions. 

More information on the RCVS.