Vets and veterinary nurses formalise collaborative working

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) announced a new strategic alliance in the signing of a new memorandum of understanding by BVA President Gudrun Ravetz and BVNA President Samantha Morgan at BVA Members’ Day held in Belfast on 21 September.

BVNA President Sam Morgan delivered the following speech during the signing:

"I am very pleased to be here with BVA today to sign this agreement to really formally recognise the close relationship both professions have and therefore both representative bodies have. Working alongside BVA will not be new for BVNA, just formalised. For a number of years, the BVNA President has sat on BVA’s council to bring the VN voice to matters that effect both professions. BVNA also sits on the Animal Welfare coalition founded by BVA, the issues discussed here of course the heart of both professions. However, it is not just BVNA council that has worked with BVA but also BVNA members, especially with social media campaigns like ‘don’t throw sticks for dogs’.

I think my time on BVNA council has really convinced me why this is important for BVNA; we want to become a louder voice politically. Veterinary nurses have a lot of important messages to improve animal welfare that are the same as Veterinary Surgeons but sometimes from a different perspective. I have witnessed how well BVA gets those messages across and BVNA can firstly learn and develop from these but also enhance that voice. We want to be more proactive on welfare and professional issues, this will help our membership grow and mature as a profession and I believe this is a good first step.

This is going to be a symbiotic relationship, with both professions retaining their own unique identity but forming a single, strong voice.

This is a very proud milestone for BVNA, something we have worked towards and we believe this formal understanding between both of our representative bodies is a positive step in the VN profession.

Thank you."

Sam Morgan RVN, BVNA President

Click here to read BVA's press release on the event 


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