Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities with BSAVA

The BSAVA could not function without its volunteer community. Volunteers help in all areas of the Association and we are always delighted to hear from potential candidates about areas that are of interest to them. We are currently looking to fill several positions, including Trustee/Director level roles. Full information on the vacancies and how to apply can be found in the links below. 

Time commitment

Members of committees are asked to attend meetings, the amount will depend on the relevant committee and post, to be an active participant between meetings on email discussions and to work on any assigned projects and tasks. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually for up to three years but progression through the volunteer structure is encouraged and any training requirements are met through the Volunteer Development Programme.

In exchange for your time 

You will be able to take part in the Volunteer Development Programme, which will provide training that may be useful in your day job and will equip you to progress within the Association, should this interest you in the future. You may also be eligible for complimentary attendance at CPD, complimentary registration for BSAVA Congress and in addition attendance at all committee meetings can be claimed as CPD within your RCVS log. Volunteering also affords you the opportunity to network with like minded peers, often resulting in a catch up with universities friends or making new links within the profession.

We invite applications for the following Trustee and Volunteer roles:


There are currently no opportunities with the Trustee/Director group, however future opportunities will be advertised here. If this is something that interests you please check back regularly or for an informal chat about becoming a Trustee/Director contact volunteer@bsava.com.

Volunteers for Chair Roles

To join working committees involved in with products and services offered to the membership and the wider audience of non-members.

If you wish to submit an application please complete the Volunteer Application Form and send it to volunteer@bsava.com. The deadline for applications is the 30th June 2021. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

This position subject to an application and a selection process which is overseen by the Volunteer Development Committee of the Association.

In the meantime if you have any questions or queries or need clarification on any of the information within the pack, please email volunteer@bsava.com.

Microvolunteering Roles

These are opportunities to get involved in two new short term projects and the committee meetings will be mainly virtual. To find out more please contact Carole Haile, Volunteers Manager in the first instance on volunteer@bsava.com.

  • The Member rounds will be a series of interactive sessions, delivered over a 12 month period.  There will be a session once every month, usually on the same day of the week, ie possibly the first Monday in every month.  This will be delivered via Zoom and the team are looking for volunteers to host these sessions, this would be a time commitment of 2 hours per session and you would obviously get to attend the session.

    We are looking for ‘chatty’ people who are comfortable using zoom webinar, interacting with delegates/monitoring the questions/chat box. They would need to follow the protocol for starting zoom and ensuring that the session is recorded. If you are not comfortable using Zoom, I can organise training sessions for you but I know that a lot of you are accomplished Zoom users!

  • We are looking for a group of volunteers to help us create a ‘Return to Work’ course to help support those who have been out of small animal practice for a while. We are particularly keen to have volunteers who have personal experience of returning to work after having a break (parental or otherwise) or who have made the switch from large animal or industry work to small animal practice.

    The course will consist of a live streamed, interactive day as well as a comprehensive online package of supporting resources. Volunteers will help to decide the content of the live day as well as curate relevant resources from the BSAVA Library (including Congress Podcasts, Companion articles, Learn @ Lunch webinars). Time commitment will be in the region of 8 - 10 hours per volunteer over a 3 month period.

Regional and Working Committee Volunteers

There are 12 regional committees of members who provide a valuable member benefit of local CPD, currently these are events that are being offered virtually because the current situation and those committees have risen to the challenge of adapting – if you feel that this would be something you would like to get involved with please get in touch for an informal chat and to find out if your region needs new volunteers.

The Association has five working committees who work with departments based at Woodrow House and these are based around the products and services that the Association provides to its members and non-members of the Association.  The groups are Congress, Education, PetSavers, Publications and Scientific.

If you want to find out how you can get involved in either of these groups and would be interested in an informal, no obligation chat with a volunteer from either group to find out what being a volunteer entails then please contact Carole Haile, Volunteers Manager on volunteer@bsava.com and she will arrange this for you.

More information

To find out about the various opportunities or to gain some general understanding of the volunteer community of BSAVA please email volunteer@bsava.com or visit the Volunteer Area of the website.

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