The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) was formed in 1965. It is the only representative organisation for veterinary nurses and other veterinary support staff in the UK.

Mission Statement

“The aim of the British Veterinary Nursing Association is to promote animal health and welfare through the on going development of professional excellence in veterinary nursing”.

The BVNA undertakes to:

  • Represent the veterinary nursing profession and specifically its members
  • Develop, provide and monitor continuing professional development for veterinary nurses
  • Provide education and training for associated individuals and allied professionals
  • Promote the veterinary nursing profession and work proactively with other organisations and professions to shape its future development
  • Disseminate advice and guidance to its members

Our values

The association’s key values are summarised below:

  • Members
  • Reputation
  • Professionalism and excellence
  • Animals’ well-being.

The BVNA Business Plan

The association is committed to a 5-year business plan which identifies 3 delivery objectives based around:

1. Esteem and respect of our Professional Colleagues

  1. Professional representation for our members
  2. Provide quality CPD
  3. Maintain a high profile in the UK and other parts of the world
  4. Promote regulation of the Veterinary Nurse
  5. Quality, honesty, integrity and diversity is at the heart of the Association and forefront of everything we strive to achieve

2. Educational Development

  1. To continue to provide educational resources
  2. We will do this by identifying the evolving needs of the veterinary nursing profession and developing and providing innovative and challenging CPD

3. Changes to the existing legislative environment, including the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

  1. BVNA will continue to maintain good links and professional relationships with other representative and regulatory bodies so that it can continue to voice the opinions of its members and influence change. This will be achieved by joint Officer meetings and BVNA representation on working groups
  2. Objectives in the business plan include:
    • Government time given to review and update the Veterinary Surgeons Act, 1966. While any change to the veterinary Surgeons Act is some way off, due to the lack of government time to dedicate to the issue, there has been much progress in the objective of recognition of veterinary nursing as a profession. Recent approval of changes to the Royal Charter (Nov 2014) will see the veterinary nursing profession becoming fully regulated in early 2015. Crucially, the Charter will recognise veterinary nursing as a profession, confirm the RCVS role as the regulator of veterinary nurses and give registered veterinary nurses the formal status of associates of the RCVS. – Read more on this topic
    • Contribution and input is sought on all BVNA related working parties
    • The BVNA shall actively contribute to other veterinary resources when the veterinary nurse voice is required