About the project

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), the representative body for the veterinary profession, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which sets, upholds and advances veterinary standards, have joined forces to consider the issues that will face the veterinary team in the future.

Through a programme of research, engagement with the profession and the public, and a consideration of strategic issues that have affected the profession overseas and other comparable sectors, we have developed an action plan that will help deliver the best for animal health and welfare, the public and the profession.

The project was launched at the BVA Congress at the London Vet Show on 20 November 2014, and a report was published at the next year’s event on 20 November 2015.

During 2016, an Action Group developed an Action Plan based on the recommendations published in 2015.

We have now set up various working groups to deliver these actions. Oversight is carried out by the Vet Futures Project Board, which includes the Presidents, Vice-Presidents, CEOs and communications directors of both RCVS and BVA.

Have you been inspired?
Are you working on an initiative that supports the ambitions of Vet Futures? We are keen to recognise activity that has been inspired by Vet Futures, and have a logo that we can provide for you to use to show your alignment with our aims.

Our Project Board will consider applications on a case by case basis, but in general terms, the proposed activity must:
• Have a clear and demonstrable link to one of the six ambitions in the Vet Futures Report, published in November 2015
• Not cause confusion with any existing activity powered by Vet Futures, or run by RCVS or BVA outside of Vet Futures
• Be provided for the benefit of the veterinary profession(s)
• Have animal health and welfare at its heart
• Be prepared to account for its progress and impact on an annual basis in order to continue to use the Vet Futures branding

If you would like to use the ‘inspired by’ logo, please contact Ian Holloway at the RCVS on i.holloway@rcvs.org.uk or Sally Burnell at the BVA at sallyb@bva.co.uk and provide a synopsis which includes a summary of the activity and how it helps to further the aims of Vet Futures, proposed target audience, likely duration and funding model.

  • Research

    Planning must be based on evidence. A robust research programme lies at the heart of Vet Futures. Visit Research to discover our results and get involved.

  • Engagement

    The initial engagement phase of the project informed the final Report. Now that we have published our Action Plan we are setting up teams and working groups to take the actions forward. If you have a passion and are interested in getting involved with any of the streams of activity, please do let us know by emailing.

  • Action

    We are now in the ‘action phase’, with activities flowing from the Vet Futures Action Plan informing the strategic plans of both the RCVS and the BVA. Look at our News section for updates on what we are up to, plus follow the CEO’s updates as part of RCVS Council meeting papers.

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London EC1N 2SW

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