Member grades and fees

BVA is the voice of the veterinary profession in the UK. By becoming a member you help make us stronger whilst also taking advantage of the great member benefits we offer.

To become a member of BVA you must be either

  • a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), or
  • on the Supplementary Veterinary Register, or
  • studying for a degree that will enable you to join the RCVS, or
  • a holder of EU veterinary qualifications or those from another country accepted by RCVS

To become an Associate member of BVA you must be working in a role related to the veterinary profession.

Find the membership category most applicable to you below to see the annual fee.

Membership grades and annual costs

Membership categories Direct debit/payments before renewal date and new members Monthly payments (by direct debit) After renewal date for members paying by cheque/card
Standard £312 £26 £322
Associate £312 £26 £322
YVN (first/second year after graduation) £104 £8.67 £114
YVN (third/fourth year after graduation) £156 £13 £166
YVN (fifth/sixth year after graduation) £208 £17.33 £218
YVN (seventh/eighth year after graduation) £260 £21.67 £270
Concessionary* £156 £13 £166
Joint (cohabiting) £435 £36.25 £445
Student** £42.75 £3.56 £52.75

*Career break, not currently earning from professional qualifications, earning under £21k pa, parental leave, studying full-time as a post-grad, retired.

**Joining fees payable can differ because some universities contribute to the cost of membership for their students.

Group membership*

Membership categories Direct debit/payments before renewal date and new members Monthly payments (by direct debit) After renewal date for members paying by cheque/card
Group (1 to 5 members) £810 £67.50 £860
Group (per each additional member six to 25) £162 £13.50 £172
Group (per each additional member 26 to 50) £135 £11.25 £145
Group (per each additional member 51+) £107 £8.92 £117

*BVA group membership is open to everyone. Groups with up to 5 members of staff pay £810. For groups with more than 5 members, there is a discounted price per head for each member. All veterinary medicine degree holders within a group must join as part of the scheme. The inlcusion of additional support staff is optional.

Join BVA

The easiest way to join is to sign up online. By joining online you’ll have instant access to all member benefits. Alternatively you can print off membership forms and email, fax or post them to us.

Claim your tax back on your membership fee

BVA is an HMRC “approved body” so your BVA membership can be offset as an allowable expense against professionally earned income.

A higher rate tax payer could save more than £100 against the annual subscription and a basic rate tax payer over £50.

Self-employed people and locums

If you're self-employed or a locum you can deduct the fees as an allowable expense before calculating your taxable profits.

Employers and employees

If you pay your own BVA membership subscription you can claim the tax back on your annual tax form.

If a practice pays your membership on your behalf the practice may have a dispensation with HMRC so that you won't be taxed. Alternatively, the practice will include these fees on your annual P11D tax form - then you claim the tax back on your annual tax return.

BVA membership: claim tax relief form

Claim form to send to HMRC

Renewing your existing BVA membership

You will receive a membership renewal request at least a month before your renewal date.

If you need to rejoin after a gap in your BVA membership you can do that here, online.

Further information

BVA membership graduate application form

BVA membership student application form

BVA membership direct debit form

BVA membership self-declaration form

HMRC link