BVA Council

BVA Council represents all members and is the key debating chamber within the Association. All BVA committees report to Council.

Regional representative elections

We’re inviting members in the following regions to vote for their preferred representative to BVA Council. Find out more about the candidates in your region:

Voting closes on 19 February and is managed by the Electoral Reform Services (ERS). You should have received voting instructions from ERS. If you haven’t, email

We are pleased to announce that the following candidates were elected unopposed:

Vacancies in the South East, South West, East of England, North West and Scotland will be coming up in late 2017.

Role of Council

  • to represent members’ views on matters of veterinary policy
  • to advise the Board on matters of veterinary policy 
  • to appoint four members as Directors of the Board
  • to approve new members of the Association and to recommend honorary members, honorary associates and life members for election at the AGM
  • to recommend for election at the AGM the Council’s preferred candidates for President and Junior Vice President

Composition of Council

BVA Council is chaired by the President and has 43 voting members and 6 non-voting members:

  • 3 Officers (President, Junior Vice President and Senior Vice President)
  • 3 immediate past presidents
  • 9 elected regional representatives for England
  • 1 elected regional representative for Scotland
  • 1 elected regional representative for Wales
  • 1 elected regional representative for Northern Ireland
  • 1 Scottish Branch representative
  • 1 Welsh Branch representative
  • 1 Northern Ireland Branch representative
  • 19 specialist division representatives
  • 2 recent graduate representatives
  • 1 Chair of Policy Committee
  • 1 Chair of Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel (in attendance by agreement, non-voting)
  • 1 Chair of AWF Trustees (in attendance by agreement, non-voting)
  • 4 affiliate representatives from BVNA, VPMA, AVTRW and BVLGBT+ (non-voting)

Council members

BVA Officers

  • Gudrun Ravetz - President (Chair)
  • Sean Wensley - Senior Vice President
  • John Fishwick - Junior Vice President

Regional representatives

  • Kathleen Robertson - Scotland
  • Douglas Palmer- North-east
  • Stephanie Walsh - North-west
  • Brendan Clarke - Yorkshire & Humber
  • James Russell - East Midlands
  • Alison Anderson - West Midlands
  • Julia Boness - East of England
  • Joe Sprinz - South-east
  • Stephen Barabas - London
  • Nicola Eisenhauer - South-west
  • Ifan Lloyd - Wales
  • Seamus O'Kane - Northern Ireland

Branch representatives

  • Neil Paton - Welsh Branch
  • Grace Webster - Scottish Branch
  • Jean Wales - Northern Ireland Branch

Specialist division representatives

  • Adrienne Conroy - Association of Government Vets
  • Ronan Fitzgerald - Association of Vets in Industry
  • Hannah Mason - Association of Veterinary Students
  • David Barrett - British Cattle Vet Association
  • Vicki Nicholls - British Equine Veterinary Association
  • Susan Dawson - British Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Judith Skerritt - British Veterinary Hospitals Association
  • Sara Perez - British Veterinary Poultry Association
  • Mark Stidworthy - British Veterinary Zoological Society
  • Ronnie Soutar - Fish Veterinary Society
  • David Harwood - Goat Veterinary Society
  • Rita Rose - Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association
  • Mandy Nevel - Pig Veterinary Society
  • TBC - Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • Tim Bebbington - Sheep Veterinary Society
  • Debra Teo - Society of Greyhound Veterinarians
  • Stephanie Writer-Davies - Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons
  • Pete Goddard - Veterinary Deer Society
  • John Lawrence - Veterinary Public Health Association

Past Presidents

  • John Blackwell
  • Robin Hargreaves
  • Peter Harlech Jones

Chairs of BVA standing committees

  • TBC - Policy Committee
  • TBC - Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel (non-voting)
  • TBC - Animal Welfare Foundation (non-voting)

Recent graduates

  • Becky Richardson
  • Nicola Mansell

Affiliate representatives

  • Ruth Mackay - Veterinary Practice Managers' Association
  • Sam Morgan - British Veterinary Nursing Association
  • Robin Flynn - Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work
  • Mat Hennessy – British Veterinary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and others Society