Our structure

BVA Board

The BVA Board sets the Association's strategic direction and is responsible for corporate and financial governance. We have 9 Board members - both veterinary and non-veterinary.

Our Board

BVA Council

BVA Council represents the views of all members on matters of veterinary policy and is our key debating chamber. Council has 41 voting members and 2 non-voting members, and is chaired by the BVA President.

Our Council

BVA Officers

BVA Officers are the face of the Association and sit on both Council and Board. They are elected at the Annual General Meeting to serve 3 years - one each as Junior Vice President, President, and Senior Vice President.

BVA Officers

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.

Scottish Branch

BVA Welsh Branch

BVA Welsh Branch exists to represent members in Wales. It brings together representatives of our specialist and territorial divisions, Government, academic institutions, and research organisations in Wales.  

Welsh Branch

BVA Northern Ireland Branch

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

Northern Ireland Branch

BVA working groups

Our working groups are convened by Policy Committee according to priority policy development

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee (PC) is a standing committee of BVA Council and advises Council on all veterinary policy matters, including animal health and welfare, public health, and veterinary professional issues. PC sets up working groups on proactive policy work.

Policy committee

Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel

The panel is a standing committee of BVA Council and exists to advise the Policy Committee (PC) and policy working groups on ethical and welfare issues.

Ethics and welfare panel

BVA Electoral College

The Electoral College is responsible for assessing nominations and formally selecting the BVA Officer team.

Electing BVA officers

Member Benefits and Events Committee

The Member Benefits and Events Committee (MBEC) is accountable to the BVA Board. They help develop new member benefits and our CPD programme to attract and retain members.


CPD Committee (now MBEC)

The BVA CPD Committee (CPDC) has merged with the Member Benefits Committee to create the Member Benefits and Events Committee (MBEC). Please visit the MBEC page for the latest updates.

CPD committee

Animal Welfare Foundation

The Animal Welfare Foundation, BVA’s charity, uses veterinary knowledge to improve animal welfare through science, education, and debate.

Animal Welfare Foundation

Honorary members

Honorary members are elected at the AGM on the recommendation of Council and are eminent professional and scientific persons and others who have rendered distinguished service to the Association, to the veterinary profession, or to the advancement of veterinary science.

Honorary members

Our Divisions

BVA specialist and territorial divisions are part of the wider BVA organisation. Specialist divisions are represented throughout BVA's organisational structure and we work with our territorial divisions to deliver services and support in local areas.

Our divisions

BVA diary

Find the dates for all upcoming Council and committee meetings, plus expense forms for volunteers.

BVA Council and committee diary

Want to get involved in our work?

Take a look at our current committee vacancies and opportunities to get involved. Full details of the available positions and how to apply are available on our committee vacancies page. 

View our committee vacancies