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BVA Welsh Branch

BVA Welsh Branch exists to represent members in Wales. It brings together representatives of our specialist and territorial divisions, Government, academic institutions, and research organisations in Wales.

If you're a BVA member living in Wales, you'll automatically be a member of BVA Welsh Branch.

Role of Welsh Branch

Our aims are to:

  • Foster the interests of the veterinary profession in Wales
  • Promote BVA in Wales
  • Advise on the consensus view of BVA members in Wales on Welsh and UK issues, particularly with reference to the Welsh Assembly Government, the National Farmers Union and the Farmers Union of Wales, and Welsh animal welfare organisations
  • Promote meetings in any part of Wales for the discussion of veterinary topics and kindred subjects, including assisting in the promotion of CPD provided by the territorial and specialist divisions

Veterinary voice for Wales

Latest blog posts from Wales

Representation on BVA Council

Your 2 Welsh Branch representatives on BVA Council are Sarah Carr and Les Eckford.

Welsh Branch Council

The role of the Welsh Branch Council is to:

  • discuss veterinary policy issues as they relate to Wales and make all efforts to reach a consensus view on those issues
  • assist the BVA in formulating policy

Our newest Welsh Branch Council members

Emma Harris

Emma is a recent graduate from the R(D)SVS in Edinburgh. Throughout her time at university she was involved in a number of clubs and societies. Her biggest achievement was being the Student Representative of BSAVA, where she was able to set up the first Scottish Student BSAVA Conference for fourth and final year students, taking place in February 2018. After graduating she returned home to Wales and is currently working as a small animal vet in Cardiff. 

Eilidh Hawkins

Eilidh graduated from the R(D)SVS, Edinburgh with an intercalated MSc in animal health and welfare, specifically researching immune responses to tick borne disease in bovines. She is currently a Partner in a large mixed practice in north Wales, and has worked in New Zealand, the south Pacific, and south east Asia. She is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in small animal surgery and a BSAVA Certificate mentor, with interests in anything surgical, parasitology, sheep health and welfare, and education.

Helen Phillips

Having graduated from Cambridge in 2014, Helen has worked for the last 4 years at Tysul vets, in Carmarthenshire. She classes her work as truly mixed - her week can involve anything from TB testing to an endoscopy of a cat and just about anything in between.

Helen Scott

Helen is a senior large animal vet who has been practising in Wales for the last 9 years. She's passionate about developing the profession and making sure that Wales is represented on a national scale, especially with regards to the changes happening in the veterinary profession and the pressures Brexit may bring.

Amelia Stevens

Amelia graduated from from Szent Istvan University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest in February 2016. Amelia spent 2 years as a mixed practitioner, and now focuses her interests on equine work. She established the Herefordshire and Powys BVA Young Vet Network group in 2016 and remains regional coordinator for the group.

More information about Welsh Branch

To learn more about the work of the Welsh Branch, including meeting papers and consultation responses, please contact policy@bva.co.uk

You can also download the BVA Welsh Branch Constitution (PDF 68 KB)

  • Branch Officers - Sarah Carr (President), Dinika Procter (Junior Vice President), Les Eckford (regional representative)
  • Neil Paton(Past President and South Wales Practitioner Group)
  • Vacant (North Wales)
  • Kate Hovers (Animal Welfare Foundation)
  • Collin Wilson (VPHA)
  • Tricia Sutton (SVS)
  • Becky Norton (AVS)
  • Kate O'Sullivan (BSAVA)
  • Ian Jones (BVPA)
  • Nikki Hopkins (BCVA)
  • Jane Clark (AGV and APHA)
  • Tom Bailey (BVZS)
  • Gwen Rees (University of Bristol Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Dai Grove-White (University of Liverpool Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Fenella Johnson (graduate representative)
  • Ifan Lloyd (Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group)
  • Jim Hopkins (Wales Veterinary Science Centre)

Role description for Welsh Council members