BVA Scottish Branch

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

If you are a BVA member living in Scotland, you will automatically be a member of BVA Scottish Branch.

Current vacancies

We are currently looking for up to 6 new members of Scottish Branch Council.

Joining Scottish Branch Council is a great way to help shape the future of the veterinary profession in Scotland and to ensure the voices of your peers are heard. This voluntary position provides a fantastic opportunity for networking, a chance to attend the annual political dinner with MSPs at Scottish Parliament, and the work carried out can count towards CPD.

Nominations are open until 9am on Monday 20 August.

For more information, view the description and person specification (PDF 160 KB)

Application form

Role of Scottish Branch

Our aims are to:

  • Foster the interests of the veterinary profession in Scotland
  • Advise on the consensus view of BVA members in Scotland on Scottish and UK issues, particularly with reference to the Scottish Parliament and government, Scottish law, the National Farmers Union of Scotland and Scottish animal welfare organisations
  • Promote meetings in any part of Scotland for the discussion of veterinary topics and kindred subjects, including assisting in the promotion of CPD provided by the territorial and specialist divisions

Veterinary voice for Scotland

We want to ensure the veterinary voice is heard in the Scottish Parliament and Government.

View our latest campaign activity in Scotland

Representation on BVA Council

Your two Scotland representatives on BVA Council are Melissa Donald and and a new regional representative who will be elected in early 2018. 

You can also contact your representatives directly on Scottishpresident@bva.co.uk or scotland@bva.co.uk or via the Scotland forum on the BVA community

Scottish Branch Officer team

  • Melissa Donald, President
  • TBC, Junior Vice President
  • Grace Webster, Senior Vice President
  • Robert Anderson, Honorary Secretary

Scottish Branch Council

The role of the Scottish Branch Council is to:

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

Scottish Branch meetings

The Scottish Branch Council meets three times a year.

Scottish Branch teleconference minutes, December 2017 (PDF 241 KB)

Scottish Branch teleconference minutes, March 2018 (PDF 244 KB)

Annual General Meeting

The Scottish Branch holds its AGM in May/June and all BVA members who live in Scotland are welcome to attend.

Scottish Branch AGM minutes, May 2017 (PDF 254 KB)

Scottish Branch activity

Scottish Branch regularly respond to Government consultations on a range of BVA’s priority policy areas and campaigning issues, including pet welfare, welfare at slaughter, animal health and disease monitoring, workforce issues and Brexit.

Read BVA Scottish Branch’s previous responses to consultations

All current consultations are available via Consultations - get involved

More information

To learn more about the work of the Scottish Branch, including meeting papers and consultation responses, please contact policy@bva.co.uk

You can also download the BVA Scottish Branch Constitution (88 KB PDF)