BVA ensures the veterinary voice is heard in the Scottish Parliament and Government. We provide briefings and information to MSPs, Ministers, and officials, and we work closely with our Honorary Associate Member MSPs from all political parties.

Our manifesto for Scotland 2016–2021

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We have launched our manifesto for the 2016 national elections, urging incoming parliamentarians to take action on animal health and welfare as part of a One Health government agenda in Scotland. We’ve collated a snapshot of key commitments from the main parties’ election manifestos affecting animal health and welfare issues.

Highland cow

Compulsory microchipping in Scotland from Spring 2016

As part of the Microchipping Alliance, we secured legislation to ensure all dogs are microchipped in Scotland from Spring 2016. Let your clients know about the change in law by downloading our waiting room poster 

Making our voice heard at Holyrood

BVA and Scottish Branch welcomed parliamentarians and stakeholders from Scotland to the annual Scottish dinner hosted by John Scott MSP at Holyrood on 13 May. In his speech BVA President John Blackwell praised Scotland for leading the way in many areas of animal welfare but warned of challenges ahead for the Scottish Government and vets in Scotland.

Delegates at Scottish dinner and AGM 2015

Campaign to end non-stun slaughter

BVA has led the campaign for an end to non-stun slaughter to improve the welfare of millions of animals in abattoirs. Sign our petition, write to your MP or MSP using our template letters, and show your support on social media. Read more.

BVA Scottish Branch

BVA Scottish Branch exists to represent BVA members in Scotland.

  • Find your elected representatives

    Use your home or practice postcode to find out who represents you in Parliament, the devolved administrations, and the European Parliament.

  • Political support for BVA

    Every year BVA elects honorary associate members who support and champion the issues of concern to veterinary surgeons.

  • Science in Parliament

    As an associate member of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (PSC), BVA members can access the latest Science in Parliament journal which includes a feature on Judy Macarthur Clark in the article on ‘Women in science - so what?’ on page 21.