How BVA is structured

BVA's overarching structure includes BVA Board, responsible for corporate and financial governance, and BVA Council, responsible for setting policy direction.

Underneath Board and Council sit a number of committees and working groups, and BVA's structure also incorporates representation from BVA divisions. BVA Officers sit on both the Board and Council. 

BVA Board

BVA Board sets the Association's strategic direction and is responsible for corporate and financial governance. It comprises nine members - veterinary and non-veterinary. Since April 2017 BVA Board has been chaired by Philip Lowndes. 

Read more about our Board.

BVA Council

BVA Council represents the views of all members on matters of veterinary policy and is the key debating chamber. Council has 41 voting members and two non-voting members, and is chaired by the BVA President. It meets four times a year.

Read more about BVA Council

BVA Officers

BVA Officers are the face of the Association and sit on both Council and Board. They are elected at the Annual General Meeting in September to serve three years - one each as Junior Vice President, President and Senior Vice President. The BVA President chairs Council and acts as the Association's main spokesperson.

Read more about our Officers.

BVA Branches

BVA Branches represent members in the three devolved nations of the UK. Branches in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland each have an officer team and bring together representatives from specialist and local divisions. Branches interact with the Chief Veterinary Officers and administrations as animal health and welfare is a devolved matter.  

Read more about BVA Scottish Branch, BVA Welsh Branch, and BVA Northern Ireland Branch.

BVA Divisions

BVA specialist and territorial divisions are part of the wider organisation. Specialist divisions are represented throughout BVA's organisational structure and BVA works with its territorial divisions to deliver services and support in local areas.

Specialist divisions

There are 21 specialist divisions delivering training and resources and representing the different specialities within veterinary science.

Territorial divisions

There are 24 territorial divisions across the UK delivering information and support at a local level.