Our structure

BVA 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

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

Current Council vacancy  – regional representative

Our regional representatives are integral to the activities of Council - contributing to effective horizon scanning on matters of veterinary policy and providing an informed steer to BVA’s Policy Committee.

We’re looking for a member based in the South East.

What’s involved?

  • Gathering members’ views on key policy areas, with full support from HQ
  • Representing those views at 4 meetings per year (currently by Zoom)
  • Reading papers, contributing to debate, and providing constructive challenge
  • Safeguarding and promoting the good name and values of BVA

Members in the region will be invited to vote for their preferred candidate in February 2022, with the successful representative joining Council from April 2022 for a three-year term.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, then take a look at the role description and submit your application, including a short manifesto.

Closing date: Monday 14 February 2022 at 9am

If you have any questions please contact BVA’s Head of Policy and Governance, Amelia Findon



Council members

BVA Officers

  • Justine Shotton - President (Chair)
  • James Russell - Senior Vice President
  • Malcolm Morley - Junior Vice President

Branch representatives

  • Collin Willson - Welsh Branch
  • Romain Pizzi - Scottish Branch
  • Mark Little - 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
  • Calum McIntyre - Association of Veterinary Students
  • Sally Wilson - British Cattle Vet Association
  • Huw Griffiths - British Equine Veterinary Association
  • Sheldon Middleton - British Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Mike Jackson - British Veterinary Hospitals Association
  • Charlotte Commins - British Veterinary Poultry Association
  • Liz Mulineaux - British Veterinary Zoological Society
  • Dario Mascolo - Fish Veterinary Society
  • Les Eckford - Goat Veterinary Society
  • Rita Rose - Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association
  • Jim Morris - Pig Veterinary Society
  • Ann O'Flynn - Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • Rebecca Mearns - Sheep Veterinary Society
  • Debra Teo - Society of Greyhound Veterinarians
  • Nick Lloyd - Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons
  • Kit Heawood - British Deer Veterinary Association
  • Lewis Grant - Veterinary Public Health Association

Regional representatives

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

Chairs of BVA standing committees

  • Iain Richards - Policy Committee
  • Madeleine Campbell - Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel (non-voting)
  • Chris Laurence - Animal Welfare Foundation (non-voting)

Affiliate representatives

  • Miles Russell - Veterinary Management Group
  • Jo Oakden - British Veterinary Nursing Association
  • Conor McAloon - Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work
  • Tom Doyle – British Veterinary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and others Society

Past Presidents

  • Daniella Dos Santos
  • Simon Doherty
  • John Fishwick

Recent graduates

  • Elyse Smith
  • Fabian Rivers