Members can begin voting this week as elections begin to find eight new BVA council members.

Over the next six weeks voting will take place in four regions: London, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber. Where there is only a single candidate standing he or she will be elected unopposed.

The remaining four regions (Scotland, south-east, south-west, and East of England) will be contested in 2015 to allow for a level of continuity on the council.

Winning candidates will take up their role at the meeting on April 16, 2014 and serve for three years. Regional representatives are eligible to serve for two consecutive terms of three years.

BVA president Robin Hargreaves said: “Council is the key policy making body at BVA and this year will see us tackle a number of significant veterinary topics, which we know are of utmost importance to our members.

Our regional representatives play a vital role in ensuring every member has the ability to feed in their views and ideas on issues such as welfare at slaughter, bovine TB, pet travel and new regulations on veterinary medicines.

“We are delighted to have such a strong group of candidates keen to represent our members across the UK. You can get to know them better by visiting the regional forums to share your questions and opinions on issues in your area.

“I would encourage as many of you as possible to get involved in the selection of the candidate you would most like to see represent you at council.”

Candidate manifestos are available at

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