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 and RCVS hold Brexit briefing for MPs and Peers

    Our joint parliamentary briefing in June 2017, hosted by Professor Lord Trees, highlighted the vital role the veterinary profession plays in order to ensure that the veterinary resource in clinical practice, public health, government services, academia and research is appropriately considered and effectively used during Brexit negotiation.


    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.

    Focus on vets’ unique role and responsibility at annual Scottish Dinner

    BVA and Scottish Branch welcomed parliamentarians and stakeholders from Scotland to the annual Scottish dinner hosted by John Scott MSP at Holyrood on 16 May. BVA President’s speech highlighted the unique role and responsibility that vets play in order to secure the best health and welfare outcomes for Scotland’s animals and the wider public. Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing MSP was the guest of honour.


    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.

    Focus on Brexit at annual Welsh Dinner

    BVA and Welsh Branch welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, alongside Assembly Members, Welsh Government representatives and key stakeholders to the annual Welsh dinner in Cardiff on 13 June. BVA President’s speech highlighted Wales’ forward-thinking approach to veterinary education, policy-making and rural partnerships in achieving successes for animal health and welfare across 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

    Brexit and the veterinary profession

    BVA’s Brexit and the veterinary profession report, which has been developed through extensive consultation with BVA members, devolved branches, BVA specialist divisions and other key stakeholders, outlines the essential role that the UK veterinary workforce plays in not only caring for animals, but in enabling trade, ensuring food hygiene and safety, and undertaking cutting-edge research. Using the report’s recommendations, we will continue to work hard to secure the best possible outcomes for animal health, animal welfare, public health and the veterinary profession post-Brexit. We encourage members to continue discussing the implications of 'Brexit' for the UK veterinary profession on the BVA community.