• Policy

    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.

    Our priority areas

    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.

    Meat hanging in abattoirWelfare at slaughter

    64% of UK vets think welfare at slaughter or pre-stunning should be a top priority for government.

    Rabbit in enclosureWelfare of pet animals

    52% of UK households own a pet yet many vets have concerns about irresponsible pet ownership.

    Medicines on shelfAMR and veterinary medicines

    Antimicrobials are essential to veterinary medicine, but inappropriate use could render them ineffective.

    Vet and vet nurse with puppiesWorkforce issues and veterinary wellbeing

    We want to support members throughout their careers, from student to retirement.

    Vet with a horseAnimal welfare

    Our strategy, ‘Vets speaking up for animal welfare’, provides a framework to help the veterinary profession advocate good animal welfare outcomes for all animals.

    Vet looking through microscopeVeterinary surveillance and disease eradication

    The UK veterinary surveillance network is vital to controlling and monitoring outbreaks of disease in both large and small animals.

    All policy positions

    All our policy positions are categorised below.