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 need vets and vet students from all areas of the profession and across the UK to take part in future surveys.

Join the survey panel

Why join the survey panel?

We use the survey results in a variety of ways to support the profession and to promote the profession’s opinion and expertise on a wide range of animal health and welfare issues.

In particular, we use Voice of the Veterinary Profession statistics to:

Your Voice in national media

Members told us that they want BVA to be more visible in the media.

We have increased media coverage by nearly 140% since 2013, with the help of statistics from the Voice of the Veterinary survey. 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

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

At the end of 2015, we provided survey panel members with a news release template based on Voice survey statistics about Christmas hazards that could be tailored by vets to their respective locations using regional statistics also sourced from the survey. Over 30 regional news stories were generated by the template, including:

Borough vets offer advice for hazard-free Christmas, Solihull Observer, 21 December 2015

More templates using survey statistics will be released exclusively to panel members in 2016, together with a local media guide for BVA Members.

Your Voice in owner education

We've used survey statistics to produce engaging Infographics to support the introduction of the new microchipping legislation that could be shared via social media or displayed in surgery waiting rooms.

Voice survey statistics also feature in the Veterinary View programme that we produced in partnership with ITN Productions.

Watch Veterinary View on YouTube 

Your Voice in government

We use the Voice of the Veterinary Profession statistics to make sure vets’ voices and opinions are heard and acted on by governments throughout the UK.

Voice survey statistics provide evidence in developing briefings for individual meetings with parliamentarians and for use at lobbying events, on priority issues such as welfare at slaughter and dog breeding and trade.

They are also used in the BVA President’s speeches at BVA dinners attended by Peers, MPs, MSPs, AMs, MLAs and other key influencers in the devolved countries of the UK

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 can join?

Panel membership is open to all UK-based BVA members who are qualified veterinary surgeons or veterinary students. Before every survey we ensure the panel is representative of the BVA membership 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 will always ensure a mix of questions relevant to members in all areas of work.

Who runs the survey panel?

The independent research company Alpha Research is working with us on this project. Alpha Research works to the Market Research Society Code of Conduct, so your comments and views will always remain anonymous with findings reported on a general, rather than individual, level.

Find out more about the survey panel

For more information about the Voice of the Veterinary Profession surveys please email media@bva.co.uk or call 020 7908 6340.

To update your details or to unsubscribe from the Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey panel please email Alpha Research at bva@alpharesearch.co.uk

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