Work for BVA

BVA is run by a small team of around 35 people based at our headquarters in London. We're passionate about supporting our members and making a positive difference to animal health and welfare.

Current vacancies

- EMS placements - open to vet students studying veterinary medicine at a UK vet school.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the BVA EMS placements, due to take place in June and October, will be on hold until further notice. Thank you for expressing an interest in working with us and we will update this page as soon as we have further information.

Please note that the RCVS has agreed to temporarily suspend its requirements for UK veterinary students and veterinary degree programmes around extra-mural studies (EMS), in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

For up to date information on coronavirus disease and the veterinary profession, please visit our dedicated webpage

EMS placements

We are offering vet students an opportunity to join us for a non-clinical EMS placement centred on veterinary politics and animal welfare. This placement is ideal for vet students who are interested in exploring career paths outside of clinical practice.

Benefits for the placement applicant are to:

  • Learn about policy development in the UK
  • Find out how a campaign idea develops with media and social media teams
  • Learn about wellbeing initiatives in the profession
  • See how BVA manages its stakeholder management e.g. media, government, veterinary organisations
  • Learn about the impact of the work of BVA’s charity, Animal Welfare Foundation

Each placement will last one week at the BVA offices at 7 Mansfield Street, London, W1G 9NQ.

We will do our best to ensure a broad range of learning experiences.

Criteria and eligibility

The BVA EMS placement programme is open to all vet students studying veterinary medicine at a UK vet school. This includes students on Gateway, Year 0, Foundation courses, or any other widening access routes. Please note, you must be a BVA member to apply.

Due to limited capacity, we can only accept one student per placement. We intend to run three placements this year:

  • Placement 1: Week commencing 9 March 2020 (closed)
  • Placement 2: Week commencing 1 June 2020 (deadline 1 April 2020)
  • Placement 3: Week commencing 26 October 2020 (deadline 1 April 2020)

How to apply for a BVA EMS placement

If you are interested in applying for an EMS placement at BVA, please submit your CV and 300 words about why you are interested in veterinary politics and/or animal welfare.

Please submit your application to Executive Assistant, Lauren Braithwaite, [email protected], stating which week you would prefer to attend.

The successful candidate will be selected randomly from applications which meet the placement criteria.

Travel and subsistence expenses

BVA will provide up to £130, in line with the member expenses policy, to cover your travel expenses during your placement and subsistence.


Please ensure you disclose any accessibility requirements you may have so that we can make sure you’re supported during your placement with us.

Non-disclosure agreement

Placement applicants will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Applicants must not disclose any confidential information they obtain during the placement to any third parties.


BVA student membership provides you with personal liability insurance and BVA’s employer insurance policy will cover you during the placement.

Career opportunities 

A veterinary degree is a gateway to many career paths. Clinical practice is the most obvious route for new graduates but there are many different and exciting career options available to you as a qualified veterinary surgeon. This can include working in industry, government, teaching, research, policy, communications, research, or the Army. For more information, we recommend reading the BVA graduate guide or visiting the My Vet Future career website.