Membership of the BVOA is encouraged for veterinary surgeons interested in the aims of the Association and the promotion of the study and development of orthopaedics in small animals. Membership is open to other members of the profession including veterinary students and veterinary nurses and other suitably qualified workers, provided that they have been proposed and seconded by BVOA members.

Member benefits include:

  • Membership rates for biannual meetings and courses
  • Access to the Google Discussion Group for the sharing of cases, expertise and advice. New members can request access here.
  • A biannual newsletter
  • Option for discounted subscription to the journal Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT)
  • The opportunity to apply for the BVOA Clinical Research Award
  • NEW BSAVA member rates for BVOA members on orthopaedic CPD

The annual subscription is £100 for Full membership with on-line access (only) to VCOT, £40 for Ordinary membership – no journal or £145  for Premium membership with online access and paper copy of VCOT.

Subscriptions are due on the 1st November but new members are welcome to join the association at any time.

Applications for membership of the Association must be submitted on the official subscription form. Please return the form, together with your cheque, to the administrator. If you wish to pay by Standing Order, download the mandate and send directly to your bank when completed. There is also a renewal form for existing members.


BVOA is now a HMRC professional body approved for tax relief, please see recent inclusion on their list:

BVOA Privacy Notice - GDPR compliance


This Privacy Notice will help you understand how we collect, use and protect your personal information. If you have any queries about this Privacy Notice or how we process your personal information, please contact the administrator by email:


Who we are

The organisation responsible for the processing of your personal information is The British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA)

 c/o The secretary, Mr  Simon Thompson, Charter Veterinary Hospital ,Charter Court, Roundswell , Barnstaple ,North Devon EX31 3FG.


What information we collect about you

The personal data you have provided, we have collected from you:

  • Name, address and address history, date of birth, gender

  • Qualifications / post nominal and work address details

  • Contact details, including telephone numbers and email address

  • Details of attendance of BVOA events and training courses

  • Where you have agreed to / set up a standing order for your membership of BVOA we will retain your bank account number and sort code during the period of your membership


    How we collect information about you

    The personal information we hold about you is that which we collect directly from you, for example:

  • When you apply for membership

  • When you renew your membership

  • When you register for meetings or training courses

  • When you register to receive information from us

  • Each time you interact with us, respond to communications when you make enquiries or raise concerns with the administrator or committee members


    What we use your information for and the legal bases for processing

    We may store and use your personal information for the purposes of:

  • Administering your membership

  • Sending you information about how to renew your membership

  • Communicating with you about your membership, forwarding newsletters and voting papers to fulfil our obligations under the BVOA constitution and ensure your rights as a member are fulfilled.


    Who we share your data with

  • We will not share your personal data with any person or organisation, charitable or commercial without your explicit consent


     How long your information is kept

    Your personal information will be kept for the duration of your active membership and for up to 12 months after membership ceases to allow for any on going  / as necessary administration. However you have a right to request immediate data deletion at any time.


    Your rights

    Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the following rights:

  • To obtain access to, and copies of, the personal information that we hold about you;

  • To require that we cease processing your personal information to require us not to send you marketing communications

  • To require us to correct the personal information we hold about you if it is incorrect


    Under GDPR you also have the following rights:

  • Withdraw consent, if consent was the lawful basis for processing

  • To require us to erase your personal information;

  • To require us to restrict or object to our data processing activities;

  • To receive from us the personal information we hold about you which you have provided to us, in a reasonable format specified by you, including for the purpose of you transmitting that personal information to another data controller; and if you are not satisfied with how we are processing your personal information, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner at :-


Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology



At the beginning of 2018 the Thieme Group acquired the Schattauer publishing house. As a consequence, the management of subscriptions to the Schattauer journals was also transferred to Georg Thieme Verlag. BVOA members subscribed to VCOT can access the contents of Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology online via Thieme Connect.

 Members can register their personal online access unto Thieme connect with an access code and receive access for one year each time.



The access code is renewed annually.


You will find instructions on how to register here.


A)   If a member already has a user account on Thieme Connect .


First request an access code from Rachel at then :-


1) Login to

2) Go to “My account” (

3) Chose the tab “Access code” and type in the code given.

4) Verify your personal data and log off.

5) You will receive an e-mail with an activation link. Once you have clicked on that link you will have access to Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology upon your next login.


B)   If a member doesn’t have a user account on Thieme Connect yet.


First request an access code from Rachel at then:-


 1) Go to

2) Click on “Registration with an Access Code” and then on “Access Code Registration”.

3) Type in the access code and continue.

4) Chose a username and password and accept the General Terms and Conditions.

5) Fill out the registration form with your personal data and continue.

6) Verify your data and continue.

7) You will receive an e-mail with an activation link. Once you have clicked on that link you will have access to Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology upon your next login.