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BVA policy priorities

What are our policy priorities? 

Our policy priorities determine the focus of our policy and campaigning activity each Association year, helping us to direct resources for maximum impact. They're created in collaboration with our Divisions, Branches in the devolved countries of the UK, and Policy Committee, and signed off by our Council in September each year. Progress against each priority is reviewed throughout the year.

BVA policy priorities 2021-22

Animal welfare

  • Lobby on key asks as the Kept Animals Bill and Sentience Bill pass through Parliament, including ear cropping, primates as pets, and the commercial and non-commercial movement of pets into GB.
  • Develop BVA’s position on confinement systems for production animals.
  • Lobby for a ban on the export of products from animals that were not stunned before slaughter through the Kept Animals Bill and respond to the Defra consultation on labelling.
  • Develop and publish a review of BVA’s Animal Welfare Strategy, incorporating new recommendations which recognise the post-Brexit landscape.

Environmental sustainability

  • Using the opportunity of COP26 to raise awareness about how veterinary professionals can take action to help tackle climate change, develop and execute a communications campaign around the Greener Veterinary Practices Checklist.
  • Complete and launch BVA’s position on small animal parasiticides, including identifying and creating supporting resources for vets.
  • Develop BVA’s position on sustainable aquaculture.

Future of the veterinary professions

  • Represent and defend our members’ interests as the legislative reform proposals are progressed by RCVS and Defra.
  • Engage with the RCVS review of under care and campaign on key asks from BVA’s position on under care and the remote provision of veterinary services.
  • Support the development of the BVNA-led campaign to protect the veterinary nurse title.
  • Complete the evaluation of the Vet Futures Action Plan and work with RCVS to develop the next phase.

Education and widening participation

  • Develop BVA’s vision for the delivery of EMS in a post-Covid world.
  • Develop and publish a package of resources to support widening participation and diversity and inclusion outreach.

Workforce and good veterinary workplaces

  • Develop and execute focused awareness campaigns on specific elements of the Good Workplaces position, including flexible working, micro-aggressions, and working conditions for OVs.
  • Develop and execute new phase of the vet value campaign, building on #RespectYourVet
  • Launch a veterinary workforce survey to inform targeted campaigning and lobbying on veterinary capability and capacity.

Agriculture and post-Brexit trade

  • Develop BVA’s position on a veterinary agreement to facilitate trade, protect biosecurity, maintain animal health and welfare standards, including promoting the valued role of Official Veterinarians and recognising the challenges presented by the NI protocol.
  • Play a key role in the design and delivery of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway for England, and equivalents in the devolved countries of the UK, and support timely and appropriate communication with vets ahead of delivery.
  • Lobby government to facilitate improved data sharing between government and private vets, in line with our position on the control and eradication of bTB.

Pet animals

  • Develop and execute a communications campaign around the disease risk from imported dogs, raising awareness and lobbying for pre-movement testing.
  • Complete and launch BVA’s position on non-traditional companion animals.
  • Support a RUMA led campaign on responsible use of antimicrobials in companion animals.


We’ve worked hard to support the profession through the Covid-19 pandemic. We remain committed to responding to any further impact on the profession across all sectors, and in relation to:

  • The sustainability of veterinary businesses, including financial viability
  • The wellbeing of the veterinary team, including concerns around burnout
  • Students and newly qualified vets whose career plans have been impacted
  • Possible future full or localised lockdowns
  • Incorporating lessons learned into ways of working for the future