Welcome to the website of the British Deer Veterinary Association, a subdivision of the British Veterinary Association (BVA). The Veterinary Deer Society (VDS) was established in 1981 with the object of aiding those vets interested in deer to exchange information more easily. The Society became a non-territorial division of the British Veterinary Association in 1989. In 2021, the society was renamed as the British Deer Veterinary Association. Our aims are to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas on matters of science, biology and veterinary medicine pertaining to deer. Also, to assist the BVA in its activities by advising on matters relating to deer. Deer matters may include those related to wild and captive deer, including those related to farmed, rescued (wildlife centres), park and zoological collections.
Informative meetings have been held on an occasional basis in recent years and the most recent was held online in 2020. Such meetings aim to disseminate new information and to pass on knowledge gained by experience to support those already familiar, and those wishing to start working, with deer. These meetings are relatively informal and held in a relaxed atmosphere and are an excellent way to make contacts with others working in this sector.
Recent meetings have been attended by people from across the UK who deal with farmed deer including reindeer, park deer herds and zoological collections, by research scientists and vets, farmers and deer keepers. Diseases such as Mycobacteria infection (Tb) and transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSEs), with recent advent of Chronic Wasting Disease in Scandinavian deer, continue to focus interest in deer, both here in the UK and further afield. Speakers have covered the role of deer and ticks and Lyme disease; of deer control by contraception.
Members receive discounted delegate rates for BDVA meetings; access to the Management and Diseases of Deer book and other resources, including news of note to vets dealing with deer.