We have three memberships categories:- Veterinary, Associate & Student. If you are interested in becoming a member of the BDVA, please complete and submit a membership form for assessment. Once your membership has been assessed we will contact you for payment to complete the application. You will then be sent details to enable you to access the members’ section of the website. Current members will receive preferential rates at all BDVA events.

Membership fees per annum are


Members are veterinary surgeons. 

Membership is also open to students studying for a veterinary degree, without an annual subscription, following the procedure for Members. Students will not be able hold an appointed post or an elected post or have voting rights; they may be co-opted. 

Associate Members, who have relevant training, experience or qualifications, subject to the approval of the Committee, will be very welcome to join. They will not be eligible for election and will not hold voting rights. They may require a supporting reference from a veterinary surgeon. To become an associate member follow the procedure for Members.

Elections of committee members (see constitution for more details)

The Executive Committee of the BDVA shall consist of the five officers of the BDVA and up to five elected members. The election of Officer and Members of the Executive Committee shall take place at the AGM each year. Nominations for such elections to be submitted to the Secretary one week before the AGM. Election will be by ballot, where there is more than one candidate. Nominations may be made during the AGM. Office Bearers and members of the Executive will take office immediately after the election. Election will require a simple majority of the membership present at the AGM.

Scottish Government consultation on deer (March 2024)

The BDVA committee will be making a submission to the consultation on Managing deer for climate and nature: consultation – (

The proposed text for responses to theme 6 (kept and farmed deer) is given below. BDVA members are encouraged to make their own submissions to the Consultation.

Older Veterinary Deer Society conference presentations (2005 to 2010)

Alex Barlow has kindly provided access to the following presentations which are from Veterinary Deer Society meetings where Alex was representing APHA (formerly the VLA). Withstanding the date when these presentations were made, colleagues with an interest in diseases of deer will hopefully find them to be useful.

17th January 2024