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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BVA Electoral College
The Electoral College is responsible for assessing nominations and formally selecting the BVA Officer team.
Member Benefits Committee
The Member Benefits Committee (MBC) is accountable to the BVA Board. They help develop new member benefits to attract and retain members.
The BVA CPD Committee (CPDC) is made up of 9 veterinary surgeons who help plan and deliver our CPD programme. Each committee member is an expert in their area of veterinary practice, and many are regularly involved in delivering CPD.
Animal Welfare Foundation
The Animal Welfare Foundation, BVA’s charity, uses veterinary knowledge to improve animal welfare through science, education, and debate.
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.
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.
Find the dates for all upcoming Council and committee meetings, plus expense forms for volunteers.