Campaigns and policy

We develop evidence-based policy drawing on our members' expertise and experience.

Each year we will focus on priority areas inspired by member feedback and agreed by BVA Council that will drive our campaigns for the coming year.

Our priority policy areas

64% of UK vets think welfare at slaughter or pre-stunning should be a top priority for government.

52% of UK households own a pet yet many vets have concerns about irresponsible pet ownership.

Antimicrobials are essential to veterinary medicine, but inappropriate use could render them ineffective.

We want to support members throughout their careers, from student to retirement.

Our strategy, ‘Vets speaking up for animal welfare’, provides a framework to help the veterinary profession advocate good animal welfare outcomes for all animals.

The UK veterinary surveillance network is vital to controlling and monitoring outbreaks of disease in both large and small animals.

Our aim is to ensure the best possible outcome for veterinary science, animal health and welfare and public health following the UK's departure from the EU.

We have worked in collaboration with RCVS to create Vet Futures, a project that focuses on issues that will face the veterinary profession in the future.

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  • Lobbying activity

    To ensure the veterinary voice is heard around the UK and in Europe, we provide briefings and information to parliamentarians and minsiters in Westminster, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and members of the European Parliament. We work closely with our honorary associate member MPs, MSPs, AMs, MLAs and MEPs. We also work with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) to lobby the European Commission.

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    • Wales
    • Northern Ireland
    • Europe


    General Election Manifesto 2017


    BVA’s 2017 manifesto (226 KB PDF) highlights 20 key recommendations for the next Government to consider in terms of domestic policy setting and throughout Brexit discussions. We have sent it to all major UK political parties urging them to consider adopting our policy recommendations in their own General Election manifestos.

    BVA hosts record number of peers and MPs from all parties

    Our parliamentary briefing in November 2016 included key discussions about Brexit, antimicrobial resistance, welfare at slaughter, and the welfare of pets.


    Scottish parliament

    Our manifesto for Scotland 2016–2021

    We have launched our manifesto for Scotland (754 KB PDF) urging incoming parliamentarians to take action on animal health and welfare as part of a One Health government agenda in Scotland.


    Welsh assembly

    Our manifesto for Wales 2016–2021

    We have launched our manifesto for Wales (750 KB PDF) urging incoming assembly members to take action on animal health and welfare as part of a One Health government agenda in Wales.

    Northern Ireland

    NI assembly

    Our manifesto for Northern Ireland 2017–2022

    We have launched our manifesto for Northern Ireland (3.2 MB PDF) urging incoming assembly members to take action on animal health and welfare as part of a One Health government agenda in Northern Ireland.


    European parliament

    Protecting status of vets and VNs in Brexit negotiations

    We're seeking reassurance from UK governments that non-British EU vets and vet nurses who are currently living, studying or working in the UK will continue to be able to do so in future. We're also seeking reassurance for UK veterinary professionals working and studying in other EU member states. Prior to the vote we compiled an EU referendum briefing document (58.6 KB PDF) and we encourage members to continue discussing the implications of 'Brexit' for the UK veterinary profession on the BVA community.

    EU Animal Health Regulation

    Legislation on animal health is being consolidated into the new EU Animal Health Regulation. BVA supports the new legislation, in particular the provision for mandatory health visits for farms and we are lobbying for these to be carried out by local veterinary surgeons. Working with FVE we have been lobbying to secure the best outcomes for veterinary surgeons and for animal health across Europe. See FVE's press release.