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British Veterinary Association Asks Members To Stand And Deliver The New Look Council

March 15, 2017

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling on all members to consider standing in the upcoming elections for the organisation's primary representative body, BVA Council.

Following overwhelming support for the changes to the Council structure at the BVA AGM in September the new Council will be slimmed down to 41 members, including 12 regional representatives for the UK. For the first time all UK members will have a directly elected representative on Council.

The BVA is looking for members to stand as regional representatives in the 9 English government regions, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Nominations open on 1st November and close on 15th December 2010
Elections will be held between 10th January and 18th February 2011

Ideal candidates must be committed to promoting the ideals of the BVA and the veterinary profession in general and have a willingness to devote time and effort to representing the members in their region. The BVA is developing an online communication structure to help regional representatives reach their members quickly and easily. Representatives will be expected to gather views and ideas to ensure there is a genuine two-way communication process between BVA Council and the wider membership. Regional representatives will also receive dedicated BVA staff support.

The BVA has written to every member with a copy of the role profile and details of how to nominate themselves. Any UK BVA members can nominate themselves for their region with a supporting statement of up to 500 words. All details are available on the BVA website www.bva/councilchanges .

The Council will continue to be served by representatives from the BVA's specialist divisions, the chairs of the BVA's five standing committees, two recent graduates, three past presidents and the BVA's three officers. In addition there will be representatives from BVA Scottish Branch and BVA Welsh Branch and two non-voting representatives from BVNA and VPMA.

Commenting, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:

"We want BVA Council to really drive our Association but it can only do that with representatives who are willing to communicate directly with the members in their region, bringing opinions and ideas to meetings and feeding back afterwards.

"Members should not rule themselves out of veterinary politics by saying they are 'just an ordinary vet'. We are looking for anyone who is committed to improving the BVA and who has good communication skills. It doesn't matter what your background is, it's about what you can offer to members in your region."

Andrew Parker, Cornwall Veterinary Association representative on BVA Council, added:

"It is a privilege to be a member of BVA Council representing the diverse views of grassroots vets. There is certainly a time commitment, but it is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience and I see it as a way of giving something back to the profession which has given me a privileged working life.

"It is also a fantastic way to meet other veterinary surgeons from a wide range of backgrounds to share thoughts and ideas both on a political front and clinically. I would urge anyone with an interest in the future of our profession and our Association to stand as a regional representative."


1. For all information on the BVA's Council changes, the nomination process, role profile and more visit bva/councilchanges

2. A video interview with Nicky Paull, a past president of the BVA, discussing the changes in Council is available on bva/vetsTv/2124.aspx

Sally Burnell
British Veterinary Association