Our History

BVNA over the years

The BVNA was formed in 1965 and has seen immense change in the role of the veterinary nurse since then. Sue Badger RVN, Cert Ed and past BVNA President, looks back at the history of veterinary nursing and the BVNA in an article published in the March 2005 edition of the VNJ.

Being a President of BVNA is an important and demanding role. Presidents work tirelessly to support the members and represent the profession.


  • 2023

    BVNA celebrates its 50th Annual Congress.

  • 2020

    Launch of the BVNA Educators Network. Read more

  • 2019

    Launch of BVNA Career Pathways. Read more

  • 2015

    BVNA and RCVS launch VN Futures. Read more

  • 2012

    BVNA involved in the introduction of Code of Professional Conduct for VNs.

  • 2004

    Veterinary Nursing Awareness campaign launched. Read more

  • 1996

    BVNA involved in working parties for Schedule 3.

  • 1981

    The first VN speaker at BSAVA was President of the BVNA.

  • 1979

    The first VN to be an examiner was President of the BVNA.

  • 1977

    BVNA involved in first survey of VN working conditions.

  • 1973

    First BVNA Congress. Read more

  • 1965

    BVNA was launched. Read more

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