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Honorary members

Current 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 have none of the liabilities of members and aren't entitled to vote unless previously members of the Association. They're entitled to attend our annual Congress and receive free copies of the official journal and the annual report, plus other privileges Council may decide on with the sanction of an AGM.

Life members

Any member who, in the opinion of Council, has given long and valuable support to the Association may be elected a life member of the Association by a general meeting of the Association on the recommendation of Council.

Life members retain all their rights and privileges including the right to vote and receive publications of the Association, but are exempted from payment of future subscriptions.

Current BVA life members:

  • Mr Martin Alder
  • Sir David Barnes CBE
  • Professor Peter M Biggs CBE
  • Mr Edward Boden MBE
  • Lord Boswell of Aynho (Con)
  • Baroness Byford DBE (Con)
  • Lord Curry of Kirkharle KB CBE FRAgS (CB)
  • Baroness Fookes DBE (Con)
  • Sir Roger Gale MP (Con)
  • Mr Dai George
  • Ms Jo Gibson
  • Mr Llyr Gruffydd AM (PlC)
  • Dr Lars Holsaae
  • Sir Dawda Jawara
  • Dr Bruce Little
  • Dr Sandor Mile
  • Dame Bridget Ogilvie
  • Mr Neil Parish MP (Con)
  • Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles OBE
  • Lord Plumb of Coleshill DL
  • Dr Alastair R W Porter CBE
  • Dr S Abdul Rahman
  • Lord Rea (Lab)
  • Mr John Scott MSP (Con)
  • Earl of Selborne KBE FRS DL (Con)
  • Ms Angela Smith MP (Independent)
  • Rt Hon Dr Gavin Strang
  • Dr Stephen Sundlof
  • Dr Alex Thiermann
  • Lord Trees of the Ross in Perth and Kinross (CB)
  • Mr Derek Williams
  • Mr Roger Williams CBE

Honorary associate members

Honorary associates are also eminent professional and scientific persons and others who, in the opinion of the Council, will confer honour on or advance the interests of the Association. They may, on the recommendation of Council, be elected honorary associates by an AGM until the conclusion of the next AGM of the Association. 

Every honorary associate is, on the recommendation of Council, eligible for re-election as an honorary associate at the next AGM of the Association following appointment or re-appointment.

Honorary associates have none of the liabilities of members and are not entitled to any vote but are entitled to attend our annual Congress and receive free copies of the official journal and the annual report of the Association.


  • Sir David Amess MP (Con)
  • Rt Hon Nick Brown MP (Lab)
  • Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP (LibDem)
  • Rt Hon the Lord Clark of Windermere DL (Lab)
  • Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Con)
  • Dr David Drew MP (Lab)
  • Lord de Mauley TD (Con)
  • Mr Tim Farron MP (LibDem)
  • Mr Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Lab)
  • Lord Grantchester (Lab)
  • Mr James Gray MP (Con)
  • Mr Simon Hart MP (Con)
  • Mr Ben Lake MP (PlC)
  • Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB CBE MP (Con)
  • Baroness Mallalieu QC (Lab)
  • The Countess of Mar (CB)
  • Baroness Masham of Ilton DL (CB)
  • His Grace the Duke of Montrose (Con)
  • Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP (Con)
  • Mr Ian Paisley MP (DUP)
  • Baroness Parminter (LibDem)
  • Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP (Con)
  • Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Con)
  • Mr Laurence Robertson MP (Con)
  • Mr Andrew Rosindell MP (Con)
  • Ms Antoinette Sandbach MP (Con)
  • Rt Hon Liz Saville Roberts MP (PlC)
  • Lord Taylor of Goss Moor (LibDem)
  • Rt Hon the Viscount Thurso (LibDem)
  • Lord Teverson (LibDem)
  • Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP (Con)
  • Rt Hon the Lord Wigley (PIC)

Scottish Parliament

  • Mr Maurice Golden MSP (Con)
  • Ms Emma Harper MSP (SNP)
  • Mr Liam McArthur MSP (LibDem)
  • Mr Edward Mountain MSP (Con)
  • Mr Tavish Scott MSP (LibDem)
  • Mr Mark Ruskell MSP (Green)
  • Ms Maureen Watt MSP (SNP)

Welsh Assembly

  • Ms Angela Burns AM (Con)
  • Mr Andrew R T Davies AM (Con)
  • Mr Vaughan Gething AM (Lab)
  • Mr Mark Isherwood AM (Con)
  • Dr Dai Lloyd AM (PlC)
  • Mr Huw Irranca-Davies AM (Lab)
  • Mr Rhun ap Iorwerth AM (PlC)

Northern Ireland Assembly

  • Mr William Irwin MLA (DUP)
  • Mrs Naomi Long MLA (Alliance)
  • Mr Patsy McGlone MLA (SDLP)

European Parliament

  • Ms Jill Evans MEP (PlC)
  • Mr Alyn Smith MEP (SNP)


  • Mr Chris Davies
  • Mrs Avril Doyle
  • Mr Rob Flello
  • Mr Mike Flynn MBE
  • Mr Andrew George
  • Mr Jim Hume
  • Mr David Heath CBE
  • Ms Marisa Heath
  • Dr Julian Huppert
  • Mr George Lyon
  • Mr John McCallister
  • Dr Elaine Murray
  • Mr Jim Nicholson
  • Mr Tony Pexton
  • Mr Dennis Robertson
  • Sir Bob Russell
  • Mr Struan Stevenson
  • Brigadier Roly Walker DSO
  • Mr Richard Wright