Nominations Now Open For 2019 BVA Junior Vice President
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for nominations for a 2019/20 Junior Vice President (JVP) with all veterinary surgeons invited to self-nominate or nominate a fellow BVA member with their consent.
The officer position is open to all BVA member vets who believe that they (or their nomination) is a strong, talented member of the profession who can contribute and represent ‘the voice of the veterinary profession’. This year, in order to ensure that the nomination covers as broad a range of veterinary expertise as possible, BVA would welcome applications from veterinary surgeons with a range of professional backgrounds and experience.
Nominations for the next JVP are confidential and will be assessed by the BVA Electoral College, which assesses nominations and formally selects members for election to BVA officer status.
The role of JVP involves being a brand ambassador for BVA, using their expertise to provide veterinary and political advice and working closely with the BVA chief executive and policy and media team. Each officer role (JVP, President, Senior Vice President) is for a one-year term from BVA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September to the AGM the following September. Candidates for JVP and President must be elected by the membership at the AGM to serve the coming year. The total commitment is therefore three years as a BVA officer, plus a further three years serving as a past president on BVA Council (four meetings per year).
Current BVA Junior Vice President, Daniella Dos Santos said:
“I had been involved with BVA on their Ethics and Welfare Panel and was amazed by the work they did to represent the whole of the veterinary profession. I decided to apply this time last year, as I wanted to give something back and felt I could be the voice of the general practitioner at BVA.
“I can honestly say it is the best decision I have made, and it has so far been the highlight of my career. I work with an incredible team of people and get to meet amazing vets along the way. Never did I ever think when I graduated I would be lobbying government, be involved in policy development, and working with large parts of the profession I would never otherwise have the opportunity to meet. We are part of an amazing profession, and I would encourage everyone to apply to be part of this amazing organisation!”
BVA members who are interested in applying for, or nominating a fellow BVA member with their consent to become part of the officer team, can find out more on the BVA’s officers page. The closing date for nominations is 9am on 14 January 2018.
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