Nominations open for BVA Council regional representatives

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is seeking seven vets from across the UK to join BVA Council, to help inform and shape the organisation’s policies for the next three years.

Opportunities have opened-up for new council representatives based in Wales and Northern Ireland, alongside the England regions of the North East, Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands and London. BVA is encouraging representatives from all sectors of the veterinary profession to apply for these important roles. 

Representatives sit on BVA Council for three years. The ideal candidate is highly motivated and engaged in the issues affecting vets, the profession and animal health and welfare. Representatives will influence the development of BVA’s policy positions, bringing the perspective of vets from their region and communities to the process. They will also be an ambassador for BVA, fully supported by the team at BVA headquarters, and receive free BVA membership for the duration of their term with travel expenses paid.

BVA President Malcolm Morley, said: “Vet teams across the UK are facing extraordinary challenges and BVA’s role in representing, supporting and championing their diverse needs continues to grow. BVA Council forms the bedrock of the organisation, shaping strategic policy that will deliver a more resilient profession and improved animal welfare.

“Regional Council representatives are vital to that process, ensuring we capture the unique perspectives and experience of vets across the country. It’s a thoroughly rewarding opportunity and I would urge all vets to consider applying, everyone has something to offer as we navigate today’s complex veterinary landscape.”

Outgoing BVA North East representative, Paul Freeman, added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on BVA Council, representing the North East of England. It has given me the opportunity to engage with the wider profession and also with the issues currently affecting vets, their clients and their animals. It has been a turbulent time, in which Brexit and the pandemic have figured prominently, but I have never ceased to be impressed by the BVA, its officers and staff, in response to the challenges we’ve faced. For anyone with an interest in the ‘bigger picture’ of the profession and keen to make a contribution to BVA’s work, I would encourage you to stand as a regional rep.”

BVA members interested in becoming a representative for their area can apply before 9am, Monday 28 November 2022 when nominations close.

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