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:


To join the current Board of Trustees, an interest in getting involved in the running of the Association. Training in governance and the role and responsibilities of being a trustee will be offered prior to and whilst in post. The time commitment for the Officer with Portfolio role is three years.

If you wish to submit an application please complete the Trustee/Director Application Form and send it to volunteer@bsava.com. The deadline for applications for this particular role is Friday 19th March 2021. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Applications will be forwarded to the Volunteer Development Committee after 19th March, when they will review the applications, at this point they may wish to ask further questions before submitting their nomination to Board for approval.  You will be contacted in April 2021 about your application.

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.

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 Thursday 8th April 2021. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

All of these positions are subject to an application and a selection process which is overseen by the Volunteer Development Committee of the Association, this will take place April 2021.

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 Sustainability Working Group who are tasked with exploring the feasibility of BSAVA becoming carbon neutral as an organisation.  They will set a target date to achieve this and they will develop and oversee a strategy to achieve this aim along with the development of a sustainability policy and assess the credibility credentials of the associations investments.
  • The BSAVA are currently developing guidance to support vets and veterinary nurses with how to verify manufacturer’s claims for automated laboratory analyser performance. This guidance includes a spreadsheet to calculate total allowable errors for common analytes. We are seeking GP vets and vet nurses to review the functionality of the guidance and associated spreadsheet, and provide feedback on ease of use or any suggested improvements.

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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