Welcome to AGV

The Association of Government Veterinarians (AGV) is a Specialist Division of the British Veterinary Association representing the views of vets working in UK Government Departments and Executive Agencies.

What can AGV do for you?

  • Relevant and accessible CPD twice a year at our Spring and Autumn conferences.
  • Networking and social activities with colleagues across Government
  • Positive engagement with senior management across GVS
  • Authoritative, independent opinion on matters affecting vets in Government
  • Input into consultations affecting government vets and a channel of communication with the British Veterinary Associaion.
  • International communication and linkage with FVE/EASVO
  • Continuity after retirement
  • Opportunity of Council membership

What can you do for AGV?

  • Join us!
  • Pay your subscription
  • Contribute to newsletters
  • Attend events and CPD
  • Provide feedback on communications, website, consultations and events
  • Promote membership to others
  • Stand for council


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What's New?

Launch of Govenment Vet Wellbeing Survey

The Association of Government Veterinarians (AGV) in close collaboration with Government Veterinary Services (GVS) has launched a wellbeing survey.

This survey seeks to capture information relating to the wellbeing of veterinarians undertaking Government roles, including vets directly employed by Government departments and also vets working for the Government under contract, such as Official Veterinarians. This is to recognise and help raise awareness of the multiple challenges faced by veterinarians undertaking roles for Government as a distinct subset of the veterinary profession.


Following the survey, a report will be collated to present key information that:

  • Identifies existing issues affecting government vets wellbeing
  • Identifies existing tools to promote wellbeing within Government and consider developing new ones if necessary.
  • Identifies best practice and any gaps in the wellbeing services currently available that veterinarians in Government roles would benefit from.


This initiative also has support from the UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Government Veterinary Services, Defra, APHA and FSA wellbeing advisers and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA). The survey was launched at the spring AGV/VPHA conference that took place on the 17th of March under the theme “Brexit and the Vet Profession”.


Further Information

Contact: Rebeca Garcia - Rebeca.Garcia@apha.gsi.gov.uk

New president Rebeca Garcia

Rebeca Garcia was voted in as the new AGV President at our Annual General Meeting on 17 March 2018. As part of her new Presidency Rebeca is keen to help raise awareness and promote the role of Government Veterinarians supporting animals and society. As part of this Rebeca launched a new AGV Wellbeing Survey for Government Vets at the 2018 Spring Conference

NEW AGV Careers page

We have launched a new careers page containing a selection of blog posts and useful links for vets looking to start or develop their careers in the Civil Service.


To recommend additional links to include please contact Anthony Ridge - AGV webmaster


Strengthening the voice of UK Government Vets in Europe

We are pleased to announce that AGV Council member Jane Clark was elected to serve as President of the European Association of State Veterinary Officers (EASVO) in November 2017.


EASVO represents the interests of State Veterinary Officers at a European level and is a section of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).


The Presidency gives Jane the opportunity to build relationships with members of the FVE and the other 3 FVE sections - UEVH (Veterinary Hygienists), UEVP (Veterinary Practitioners) and EVERI (Vets in Education, Research and Industry) - during the EU Exit negotiations.


The FVE/BVA/RCVS have recently issued a joint press release calling on Brexit negotiators to secure animal welfare, surveillance and medicines.

EASVO Board 2017-19

L-R: Ole-Herman Tronerud - Secretary General; Pavel Bravek - Vice President; Jane Clark - President; Ray Finn - Senior Vice President;
Fabien Loup - Vice President; (Absent -  Cornelia Rossi-Broy - Treasurer)

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