We develop evidence-based policy drawing on our members' expertise and experience. Find out more under the headings below or use the site search to look for specific issues.
Each year we will focus on priority areas inspired by member feedback and agreed by BVA Council that will drive our campaigns for the coming year.
64% of UK vets think welfare at slaughter or pre-stunning should be a top priority for government.
52% of UK households own a pet yet many vets have concerns about irresponsible pet ownership.
Antimicrobials are essential to
veterinary medicine, but inappropriate use could render them ineffective.
We want to support members throughout their careers, from student to retirement.
Our strategy, ‘Vets speaking up for animal welfare’, provides a framework to help the veterinary profession advocate good animal welfare outcomes for all animals.
The UK veterinary surveillance network is vital to controlling and monitoring outbreaks of disease in both large and small animals.
All our policy positions are categorised below.
The Policy Committee (PC) leads the development of BVA policy and sets up working groups on proactive policy work. PC receives advice from the Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel (EWAP) and liaises closely with our divisions and our branches in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
BVA Council is the final arbiter.
BVA Council is the final arbiter. We encourage all members to feed in their views via their regional representatives on BVA Council, their divisions, the BVA community, or by emailing
Get involved in our community to discuss policy changes with other members.
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