The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has opened voting today (Monday, January 18), for four new regional representatives to be the voice for vets in their area and to represent their views to BVA Council.

BVA’s regional representatives are integral to the activities of the council, contributing to effective horizon scanning on matters of veterinary policy and providing an informed steer to the BVA’s Policy Committee.

BVA members in the east of England; south east; north west; and Scotland are being invited to pick their preferred candidate out of the nominees for each region.

The nominees are: 

  • South east: Eleanor Duffy; Paul Horwood; Fieke Molenaar; Christina Ratcliffe;
  • East of England: Louise Rayment-Dyble; Johanna Sharples;
  • North west: Ben Dustan; Kate Higgins; Neil Howie; Vanessa Whitfield;
  • Scotland: Emma Callaghan; Matthew Erskine; Bobby Kirby; James Wallace.

The elected candidates will serve on the BVA Council for a three-year term.

‘An increasingly complex veterinary landscape’

BVA President James Russell said:

“With an increasingly complex veterinary landscape and a year marked by huge challenges to the profession, it is more important than ever that our members have robust representation at the highest level within BVA.

I’d encourage everyone who’s eligible to vote to take this opportunity to elect a candidate who can be a strong voice for vets in their region.

All BVA members in the four regions will receive voting instructions directly via email from UK Engage, who are administering the election on the association’s behalf.

Voting closes at 5:00pm on February 15.