Becoming a Student Council Member for the BVNA

It's nomination time! The BVNA Council Elections are coming up and we want passionate Student Veterinary Nurses (SVNs) to join us.

There are 2 Student Council Member seats, so if you want to support the Veterinary Nursing industry then you can put yourself forward or nominate someone else!

We outline what being on the BVNA Council means for you and the profession, and how to apply. Get nominating now, as the closing date is Tuesday the 31st of March! You can submit your nominations here.

The BVNA and the role of a BVNA Council Member

The BVNA is the only organisation representing veterinary nurses in the UK, which has been running for over 50 years and has a membership of over 6500 people! On the council there are 15 members who make up part of the formal decision making body of the BVNA; they work with other key regulating bodies like the RCVS and British Veterinary Association about the perspective of veterinary nurses on legislation, good practice and the challenges and opportunities within our industry.

Council members have a responsibility for the conduct and operation of the BVNA. They attend a bimonthly meeting on the second Saturday of every other month at the BVNA’s office in Harlow, and are also available for online discussions and conference calls. For a more in-depth breakdown about the role of a Council member, you can read more here.

There is also British Association of Veterinary Nursing Students (BAVNS) which the SVNs Council members are representatives of. You can read about how the BAVNS supports students here.

As you can see, it is run by veterinary nurses for veterinary nurses! With the elections, you have your say on who’s representing YOUR Association.

What past student Council members have to say!

Past student Council member Suzanne Bedford felt she had made an impact in the industry as “joining council will allow you to make a difference to the issues in veterinary nursing that matter to you, in such a supportive and constructive network!”

Suzanne also said “during my time on council, I met and worked alongside some of the most inspiring people in our industry.” She was involved in:

●       Organising and running the first British Association of Veterinary Nursing Students [BAVNS] social evening at Congress 2017

●       Helping to provide a platform for SVN networking

●       Collaborations with the Animal Welfare Foundation on the provision of thought-provoking welfare talks

●       Chairing a CPD session at Marwell Zoo

●       Writing for the Veterinary Nursing Journal

●       Attendance at council meetings, allowing my voice to be heard in discussions and responses to topics including veterinary telemedicine, brachycephalics in advertising and, a subject I am very passionate about, the incidence of bullying in veterinary nursing"

Present Council officer shares her views…

Our BVNA Junior Vice President, Jo Oakden, says that “You should apply for BVNA Council if you are passionate about our profession. We are so fortunate to be able to be involved at a time where we are pushing for change, and change is happening”.

You can read more about our current Council members here, and also see what our previous Council members have to say!

Eligibility

To be eligible for election as Student Council Member, you must:

●       Be enrolled and undertaking a FE or HE veterinary nursing qualification

●       Have not less than 6 months left in education at the time of being ratified as a Council Member

●       Have confirmation of support from their college tutor or clinical coach

●       Be nominated by 2 members of the BVNA

Feeling inspired? Put forward your nomination by the 31st of March!

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