BVA Council

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

Regional representatives

Find out more about the regional representatives and how to contact the representative in your area.

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

  • John Fishwick - President (Chair)
  • Gudrun Ravetz - Senior Vice President
  • Simon Doherty - Junior Vice President

Regional representatives

Click below to find out more about your regional representative and to see their contact details.

Branch representatives

  • Sarah Carr - Welsh Branch
  • Melissa Donald - Scottish Branch
  • Esther Skelly-Smith - Northern Ireland Branch

Specialist division representatives

  • Adrienne Conroy - Association of Government Vets
  • Ronan Fitzgerald - Association of Vets in Industry
  • David Charles - Association of Veterinary Students
  • David Barrett - British Cattle Vet Association
  • Renate Weller - British Equine Veterinary Association
  • Philip Lhermette - British Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Judith Skerritt - British Veterinary Hospitals Association
  • John Tasker - British Veterinary Poultry Association
  • Fieke Molenaar - British Veterinary Zoological Society
  • Ronnie Soutar - Fish Veterinary Society
  • David Harwood - Goat Veterinary Society
  • Rita Rose - Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association
  • Jim Morris - Pig Veterinary Society
  • TBC - Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • Iain Richards - Sheep Veterinary Society
  • Debra Teo - Society of Greyhound Veterinarians
  • Peter Brown - Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons
  • Pete Goddard - Veterinary Deer Society
  • John Lawrence - Veterinary Public Health Association

Past Presidents

  • Sean Wensley
  • John Blackwell
  • Robin Hargreaves

Chairs of BVA standing committees

  • Liz Mullineaux - Policy Committee
  • Daniella dos Santos - Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel (non-voting)
  • Chris Laurence - Animal Welfare Foundation (non-voting)

Recent graduates

  • Becky Richardson
  • Nicola Mansell

Affiliate representatives

  • Pauline Graham - Veterinary Management Group
  • Wendy Nevins - British Veterinary Nursing Association
  • Steve Dunham - Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work
  • Leah Morley – British Veterinary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and others Society