Become the voice of the veterinary profession for your region

Posted On: 
18th November 2019

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is seeking nominations for seven new regional representatives to speak for vets from those regions and represent their views to BVA Council in order to shape BVA's strategy and policy development.

Opportunities have opened up in the North-East, Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, London, Wales, and Northern Ireland on BVA Council. Representatives from all sectors of the veterinary profession are encouraged to apply. All that is required of candidates is to be based in that geographical region and to have time available to commit to gathering members’ views on key policy areas, representing those views at three meetings per year in London, and one elsewhere in the UK (attached to BVA Members’ Day), meeting members at local events where possible, and promoting the good name and values of BVA. All of this work is full supported by BVA headquarters.

The term of the BVA regional representative role is for three years and is ideal for a motivated individual with an engaged interest in the current issues affecting the profession. BVA pays your expenses and you’ll get free BVA membership for the duration of your term.

Daniella Dos Santos, President of the British Veterinary Association, said:

“BVA Council plays a key role in helping us to achieve our mission as the leading body representing, supporting and championing the whole UK veterinary profession. Our regional representatives are integral to that mission and to the activities of Council - contributing to effective horizon scanning on matters of veterinary policy and providing an informed steer to BVA’s Policy Committee.

“With an increasingly complex veterinary landscape, and wide range of issues and potential outcomes for animal health and welfare and the veterinary profession it’s essential that members have the best person to represent them at the highest level within BVA.”

Emma Callaghan, BVA Scottish Branch regional representative and 2019 Bleby Cup winner, added:

“I am currently in the middle of my first term on BVA Council and I would encourage anyone who is considering taking part to put themselves forward for election. This is a fantastic chance to represent the views of your region and to help BVA members to get their voices heard. I’m really enjoying my time as a regional representative - it’s been such a wonderful opportunity to meet a range of people from across the profession and to develop new skills outside my day-to-day role.”

BVA members who are interested in becoming a representative for their area can apply before 9am on 16 December 2019 when nominations close. For more information or to submit your application please click here.