BVA Northern Ireland Branch

BVA Northern Ireland Branch exists to represent members in Northern Ireland. It brings together representatives of our specialist divisions, government, academic institutions and research organisations in Northern Ireland.

If you are a BVA member living in Northern Ireland, you will automatically be a member of BVA Northern Ireland Branch.

Role of Northern Ireland Branch

Our aims are to:

  • Foster the interests of the veterinary profession in Northern Ireland
  • Promote BVA in Northern Ireland
  • Advise on the consensus view of BVA members in Northern Ireland on Northern Irish and UK issues, particularly with reference to the NI Assembly, DARDNI, the Ulster Farmer's Union and Northern Ireland animal welfare organisations
  • Promote meetings in any part of Northern Ireland for the discussion of veterinary topics and related subjects

Veterinary voice for Northern Ireland

We want to ensure the veterinary voice is heard in the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive.

View our latest campaign activity in Northern Ireland

Representation on BVA Council

Northern Ireland is represented on BVA Council by Alan Gordon as the elected regional representative, and Esther Skelly-Smith as the Branch representative.

You can contact your representatives directly on NIpresident@bva.co.uk or northernireland@bva.co.uk or via the Northern Ireland forum on the BVA community.

Northern Ireland Branch team

  • Alan Gordon - President and regional representative
  • Seamus O’Kane - Senior Vice President
  • Aurelie Moralis - Junior Vice President
  • Esther Skelly-Smith - Honorary Secretary

Northern Ireland Branch Council

The role of the Northern Ireland Branch Council is to:

  • Discuss veterinary policy issues as they relate to Northern Ireland and make all efforts to reach a consensus view on those issues
  • Assist BVA in formulating policy

Northern Ireland Branch meetings

Minutes of the Northern Ireland Branch AGM 2018 (PDF 132 KB)

Minutes of the Northern Ireland Branch AGM 2016 (PDF 156 KB)

Minutes of the Northern Ireland Branch AGM 2015

Minutes of the Northern Ireland Branch Council meeting held August 2014

The inaugural meeting and AGM of the Northern Ireland Branch took place on 12 February 2013.

Minutes of inaugural meeting

More information

To learn more about the work of the Northern Ireland Branch please contact  policy@bva.co.uk

You can also download the Northern Ireland Branch Constitution


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