Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey panel

Our Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey offers BVA members the chance to anonymously share their thoughts, opinions and experiences of working in the profession. We’re seeking vets and vet students from all areas of the profession and across the UK to take part in future surveys.

What's involved in joining the survey panel?

Each year panel members are asked to answer two 15-minute online surveys and a couple of shorter, more targeted surveys – a commitment totalling less than an hour a year.

Who runs the survey panel?

We work with the independent research company IFF Research. IFF Research is accredited by the Interviewer Quality Control Scheme (IQCS) and is a partner member of the Market Research Society (MRS). 

Who can join?

Panel membership is open to BVA members who are veterinary surgeons or veterinary students based in the UK. Before each survey we ensure the panel is representative of our membership as a whole, as well as RCVS membership. Due to the media interest in pet healthcare, the surveys do contain more questions directed at members in small and mixed practice. However we'll always ensure a mix of questions relevant to members in all areas of work.

Join the survey panel

To join the Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey panel simply login to My BVA and subscribe via your member dashboard. For more information email media@bva.co.uk or call 020 7908 6340.

Your Voice in the media

BVA aims to ensure the veterinary voice is heard through national and regional media. Since 2014 the Voice of the Veterinary Profession surveys have played a key role in ensuring BVA is visible in the mainstream medias well as in trade and specialist press.

We have doubled our media coverage since 2013, with the help of statistics from the Voice surveys. Hundreds of news stories, all with vets’ interests and voice at their heart, have been generated by survey statistics from the answers members gave us.

Highlights of media coverage

2018: Brachycephalic dogs

Think twice about buying 'squashed-faced' breeds, vets urge dog-lovers The Guardian, 6 January 2018

2017: Vet profession

Vets threatened on a regular basis by pet owners angry at cost of treatment Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2017

2017: Dog breeding

Look after your pugs: South East vets’ warning over pets overheating, Eastbourne Herald, 15 July 2017

2016: Puppy trafficking

Vets warn of puppy misery, as a third suspect illegal imports, Good morning Britain, 7 December 2016

Vet profession

A vet's most difficult task: euthanising healthy pets, The Telegraph, 15 August 2016

2015: Dog health

2m dogs have still not been microchipped, The Times, 1 July 2015

2014: non-stun slaughter

Unstunned meat 'should be labelled', Daily Mail, 4 November 2014

Your voice in local media

Local media can be a great tool for communicating animal health messages to owners. By working with your local media you can help to educate owners in your area, and to promote the Local practices are often best placed to contribute such stories, and statistics from the Voice surveys can be a valuable tool for supporting these messages on a local level 

Since the end of 2015, we have provided survey panel members with news release templates based on Voice survey statistics about a range of topics of interest to local media. These can be tailored by vets to their respective locations using regional statistics also sourced from the survey.

In 2016, we made this process even easier for members by producing a local media guide for BVA Members to use when engaging directly with the press.

We’re also happy to provide support for members, doing their own media engagement.

If you are approached by local media, or are looking to proactively engage with them, and would appreciate some advice please contact the BVA media team on 020 7908 6340 or on media@bva.co.uk.