About Us

The British Bee Veterinary Association (BBVA) was launched on 1st April 2015 in response to an increased demand for bee expertise from the veterinary profession. Full Membership is open to anyone holding a veterinary qualification registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. We also warmly welcome student and non-veterinary Associate Members as well as ‘Bee Friendly Practice’ Membership. For information of joining the BBVA, please visit the membership section of the website.

The objectives of the Association are to:

  1. Promote awareness and education in bee health, disease, management and research across the veterinary profession
  2. Play an active role in bee-related scientific research
  3. Promote evidence-based medicine and management practices
  4. Aspire to be recognised as a source of expert information regarding bee health
  5. Promote the responsible use of medicinal products, including Prescription Only Medicines (POMs), in accordance with current legislation and scientific research
  6. Equip veterinary surgeons with the knowledge and skills to act in a surveillance capacity for endemic, emerging and reportable diseases
  7. Safeguard human health by increasing awareness of regulations regarding honey and other hive products
  8. Help student and practising members of the veterinary profession find suitable work experience placements or research projects relating to bees


The original members of the British Bee Veterinary Association Committee were on 1st April 2015:

  • Keith Baxter
  • Suzetta Cameron (Treasurer and acting Secretary)
  • Beverley Cottrell
  • Catherine Fraser
  • John Hill (President)
  • Rowena Killick
  • Chris Palgrave
  • Robert Thurlow