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 – regional representatives

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 members based in:

  • North East
  • Yorkshire & Humber
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
  • London
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales

What’s involved?

  • Gathering members’ views on key policy areas, with full support from HQ
  • Representing those views at 3 meetings per year in London, and one elsewhere in the UK (attached to BVA Members’ Day)
  • Reading papers, contributing to debate, and providing constructive challenge
  • Meeting members at local events where possible
  • Safeguarding and promoting the good name and values of BVA

We pay your expenses and you’ll get free BVA membership for the duration of your term.

Members in each region will be invited to vote for their preferred candidate in January 2020, with the successful representative joining Council from April 2020 for a three-year term.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, then take a look at the role description (136 KB PDF) and submit your application, including a 500 word manifesto.

Closing date: Monday 16 December at 9am

Contact policy@bva.co.uk for further information.

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.

  • Emma Callaghan - Scotland
  • Paul Freeman - North-East
  • Steph Walsh - North-West
  • Jim Morris - Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Chantal Bryant - East Midlands
  • Ally Anderson - West Midlands
  • Louise Rayment-Dyble - East of England
  • Suzanne Martin - South-East
  • Anthony Ridge - London
  • Richard Walters - South-West
  • Les Eckford - Wales
  • Alan Gordon - Northern Ireland

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