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Honorary members

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.

Current BVA honorary members:

  • Mr Martin Alder
  • Professor Peter M Biggs CBE
  • Mr Edward Boden MBE
  • Lord Boswell of Aynho (Non-Affiliated)
  • Baroness Byford DBE 
  • Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP (LibDem)
  • Lord Curry of Kirkharle KB CBE FRAgS (CB)
  • Baroness Fookes DBE (Con)
  • Rt Hon Sir Roger Gale MP (Con)
  • Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP (Con)
  • Mr Dai George
  • Ms Jo Gibson
  • Mr Llyr Gruffydd MS (PlC)
  • Mr Ben Lake MP (PIC)
  • Dr Lars Holsaae
  • 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
  • Mr John Scott MSP (Con)
  • Ms Angela Smith
  • Rt Hon Dr Gavin Strang
  • Dr Alex Thiermann
  • Lord Trees of the Ross in Perth and Kinross (CB)  
  • 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 the Lord Clark of Windermere DL (Lab)
  • Baroness Young of Old Scone (Lab)
  • Mr Daniel Zeichner MP (Lab)
  • Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Con)
  • Lord de Mauley TD (Con)
  • Mr Tim Farron MP (LibDem)  
  • Lord Grantchester (Lab)
  • Mr James Gray MP (Con)  
  • Baroness Mallalieu QC (Lab)
  • Baroness Masham of Ilton DL (CB)
  • Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Con)
  • His Grace the Duke of Montrose (Con)
  • Mr Ian Paisley MP (DUP)
  • Baroness Parminter (LibDem)
  • Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP (Con)  
  • Mr Andrew Rosindell MP (Con)
  • Rt Hon Liz Saville Roberts MP (PlC)
  • Mr Alyn Smith MP (SNP)
  • Lord Taylor of Goss Moor (LibDem)
  • Lord Teverson (LibDem)
  • Rt Hon the Viscount Thurso (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 Mark Ruskell MSP (Green)
  • Ms Maureen Watt MSP (SNP)

Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru

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

Northern Ireland Assembly

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


  • Dr David Drew
  • Mrs Avril Doyle
  • Ms Jill Evans
  • Mr Jim Fitzpatrick
  • Mr Rob Flello
  • Mr Mike Flynn MBE
  • Mr Andrew George 
  • Mr David Heath CBE
  • Ms Marisa Heath
  • Mr Peredur Hughes OBE
  • Mr Jim Hume
  • Dr Julian Huppert  
  • Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB CBE
  • Mr George Lyon
  • The Countess of Mar
  • Mr John McCallister
  • Dr Elaine Murray
  • Mr Jim Nicholson
  • Mr Tony Pexton
  • Mr Dennis Robertson
  • Sir Bob Russell
  • Ms Antoinette Sandbach
  • Mr Tavish Scott
  • Mr David Simpson
  • Mr Struan Stevenson
  • Brigadier Roly Walker DSO
  • Mr Richard Wright

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.