Our structure

BVA Council

BVA Council represents all members and is the key debating chamber within the Association. All BVA committees report to Council.

Role of BVA Council

The role of BVA Council is:

  • to represent members’ views on matters of veterinary policy
  • to advise the Board on matters of veterinary policy 
  • to appoint 4 members as Directors of the Board
  • to approve new members of the Association and to recommend honorary members, honorary associates, and life members for election at the AGM
  • to recommend the Council’s preferred candidates for BVA President and Junior Vice President at the AGM

Current Council vacancies 

It’s election time at BVA and your opportunity to choose the best candidate to represent your views at BVA Council for the next three years.

Following the open nomination period we have two candidates standing in Wales, East Midlands and West Midlands. Visit those regional pages to find out more about the candidates.

We have selected UK Engage to manage the voting process, which will run for 4 weeks from Monday 20 January.

Composition of Council

BVA Council is chaired by the BVA President and has 43 voting members and 6 non-voting members:

  • 3 Officers (President, Junior Vice President and Senior Vice President)
  • 3 immediate past presidents
  • 9 elected regional representatives for England
  • 1 elected regional representative for Scotland
  • 1 elected regional representative for Wales
  • 1 elected regional representative for Northern Ireland
  • 1 Scottish Branch representative
  • 1 Welsh Branch representative
  • 1 Northern Ireland Branch representative
  • 19 specialist division representatives
  • 2 recent graduate representatives
  • 1 Chair of Policy Committee
  • 1 Chair of Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel (in attendance by agreement, non-voting)
  • 1 Chair of AWF Trustees (in attendance by agreement, non-voting)
  • 4 affiliate representatives from BVNA, VPMA, AVTRW, and BVLGBT+ (non-voting)

Council papers and minutes

BVA members can download the latest Council papers and minutes

Council members

BVA Officers

  • Daniella Dos Santos - President (Chair)
  • Simon Doherty - Senior Vice President
  • James Russell - Junior Vice President

Branch representatives

  • Ifan Lloyd - Welsh Branch
  • Kathleen Robertson - Scottish Branch
  • Aurelie Moralis - Northern Ireland Branch

Specialist division representatives

We have 20 Specialist divisions representing veterinary surgeons in different specialisms across the UK.

  • Adrienne Conroy - Association of Government Vets
  • Ronan Fitzgerald - Association of Vets in Industry
  • Katie Roberts - Association of Veterinary Students
  • Phil Elkins - British Cattle Vet Association
  • Tim Mair - British Equine Veterinary Association
  • Sue Paterson - British Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Judith Skerritt - British Veterinary Hospitals Association
  • Charlotte Commins - British Veterinary Poultry Association
  • Peter Kettlewell - British Veterinary Zoological Society
  • Nikos Steiropoulos - Fish Veterinary Society
  • David Harwood - Goat Veterinary Society
  • Rita Rose - Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association
  • Jim Morris - Pig Veterinary Society
  • TBC - Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • Nick Hart - Sheep Veterinary Society
  • Debra Teo - Society of Greyhound Veterinarians
  • Cat Curtis - Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons
  • Pete Goddard - Veterinary Deer Society
  • Lewis Grant - Veterinary Public Health Association

Regional representatives

We have 12 regional representatives on Council from across the UK. 

The election for regional representatives in Wales, East Midlands, and West Midlands is currently underway. Click on the region to view the candidates. If you are a BVA member in the contested regions you should have received voting instructions from UK Engage who are running the elections on our behalf. If you have not received voting instructions please contact council@bva.co.uk.

Voting closes 5pm on Monday 17 February 2020

Chairs of BVA standing committees

  • Liz Mullineaux - Policy Committee
  • tbc - Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel (non-voting)
  • Chris Laurence - Animal Welfare Foundation (non-voting)

Affiliate representatives

  • Pauline Graham - Veterinary Management Group
  • Wendy Nevins - British Veterinary Nursing Association
  • Valentina Busin - Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work
  • Dan Makin – British Veterinary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and others Society

Past Presidents

  • John Fishwick
  • Gudrun Ravetz
  • Sean Wensley

Recent graduates

  • Fabian Rivers
  • Chloe Roberts