The British Veterinary Association is calling on all members to consider standing in the upcoming elections for the organisation’s primary representative body, BVA Council.
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.
The call follows overwhelming support for changes to the council structure, which were introduced 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 Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the 9 English government regions.
- Nominations open on November 1 and close on December 15, 2010.
- Elections will be held between January 10 and February 18, 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.
To help regional representatives reach their members quickly and easily, the BVA claims says it is developing an online communication structure, allowing representatives 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.
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.
BVA president Harvey Locke 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, said: “It is a privilege to be a member of BVA Council representing the diverse views of grassroots vets […] I would urge anyone with an interest in the future of our profession and our association to stand as a regional representative.”
- For all information on the BVA’s council changes, the nomination process, role profile and more, visit www.bva.co.uk/councilchanges