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British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS)
The British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) is the specialist division of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) recognised as having responsibility for exotic pets, companion avian species, zoo animals and wildlife. Founded in 1961(see details of inaugural meeting) the BVZS nowadays has an international membership and finds itself involved in almost every aspect of the care and welfare of exotic pets, zoo animals and wildlife.
The aims of the Society are to promote the advancement of veterinary knowledge and skill in the maintenance of the health and welfare of non-domesticated animals and to encourage proper housing and conditions for such animals; to encourage full use of veterinary services by wild animal establishments and by the owners of exotic animals; to promote the international exchange of veterinary knowledge of non-domesticated animals.
The current membership of the BVZS is approximately 412 paid up members which consist of:
- 296 Full, Vets and/or Associate members
- 43 Students
- 16 Honorary members
- 34 Veterinary Nurses