Becoming a BVA member

You can join BVA if you are:

  • 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, or
  • working in a role related to the veterinary profession (Associate membership).

  • 2019 membership grades and annual costs

    Membership categories Annual rate for new members and existing members paying before their renewal date or by Direct Debit Monthly rate (Direct Debit only) Annual rate for existing members paying after their renewal date
    Standard £329 £27.42 £339
    Associate £329 £27.42 £339
    Young Vet (1st/2nd yr post registration) £99 £8.25 £109
    Young Vet (3rd/4th yr post registration) £164 £13.67 £174
    Young Vet (5th/6th yr post registration) £218 £18.17 £228
    Young Vet (7th/8th yr post registration) £273 £22.75 £283
    Concessionary* £165 £13.75 £175
    Joint (cohabiting) £459 £38.25 £469
    Student** £45 £3.75 £55

    *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 Annual rate for new groups and existing groups paying before their renewal date or by Direct Debit
    Monthly rate (Direct Debit only)
    Annual rate for existing groups paying after their renewal date
    Group (1 to 5 members) £885 £73.75 £935
    Group (per each additional member six to 25) £177 £14.75 £187
    Group (per each additional member 26 to 50) £148 £12.33 £158
    Group (per each additional member 51+) £116 £9.67 £126

    *Terms and conditions:
    An employer may take out a group membership for its veterinary staff. All veterinary medicine degree holders employed by the employer must be included, but support staff are optional. The entry price for a group membership is £885. For groups with more than 5 members there is a price per head of £177 for up to 25 vets. For additional members 26 to 50, the price is reduced to £148. For additional members 51+ the price is further reduced to £116.

    If the employer hires new employees after the group membership has started, they may be added to the group membership free of charge. If an employee leaves the employer, they will be removed from the group, but no refunds will be issued. At the next renewal point the employer will be invoiced for all the members currently in the group.

    Join BVA

    The easiest way to join is to sign up online. By applying for membership you're confirming that you'd like to become a member/associate member of BVA and agree to abide by the rules as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association. You're also agreeing to pay your subscription on the due date, and to notify us in writing before your renewal date if you wish to cancel.

    Your right to change your mind

    If in the first 14 days of joining BVA you change your mind, you can cancel your membership and receive a full refund. To cancel your membership in this period you must notify us in writing. This right does not apply if you have previously been a member.

    Membership cancellations and refunds

    • Your membership will run for 12 months from the point of joining or renewal
    • You can cancel your membership part way through the year, but no refunds will be provided unless the cancellation is within 14 days of first joining
    • If you pay by installments and decide to cancel your membership part way through the year, the remaining balance will still be due
    • If you don’t wish to renew your membership at the end of the 12 months, you must give us written notice before your renewal date
    • If you pay by Direct Debit, your membership will automatically renew unless you give us written notice of your wish to cancel at least one month before the renewal date
    • If you wish to change your membership grade you can do this from your next renewal date but not mid-way through your current membership year
    • If you have outstanding membership fees due, we reserve the right to cancel your membership and all membership benefits, including access to BVA’s legal services and eligibility for discounts with our affinity partners, including Lloyd & Whyte and Bupa.

    To cancel your membership or make any changes before your renewal date, contact us in writing at BVA Membership, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ or email

    Claim tax back

    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.

    Claim form to send to HMRC