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  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)
    The statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Its purpose is to make agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity. See its specialist divisions as below:
  • AHDB Beef and Lamb (formerly EBLEX)
  • AHDB Dairy (formerly DairyCo)
  • AHDB Pork (formerly BPEX)
  • Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA): an Association of responsible animal health product distributors, dedicated to serving the best interests of its members; in particular by protecting their rights to sell and supply, and securing the continued availability of, a wide range of non-prescription animal medicines. The Association also strives to secure the continued availability of such medicines for its members by constant negotiation with manufacturers, government and the European Union.
  • Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Association (AMTRA): an independent regulatory body whose task it is to ensure that the marketing and distribution of animal medicines in the UK is undertaken in a responsible manner by AMTRA qualified persons.
  • Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI): the trade association for about a hundred companies in the UK producing prescription medicines. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 90 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the National Health Service (NHS).
  • Association of Veterinary Consultants (AVC)
  • British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA)
  • British Pig Association (BPA)
  • British Poultry Veterinary Association (BPVA)
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
  • British Veterinary Association (BVA): the national representative body for the British veterinary profession. It is a voluntary body with over 10,000 members. Veterinary surgeons work in private practice, in industry, in government service and in research, both in the UK and overseas. Most working veterinary surgeons are members of the Association and of more than 50 geographical and specialist divisions.
  • British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)
  • Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
  • Crop Protection Association (CPA)
  • Farmers Union of Wales (FUW)
  • Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)
  • National Farmers Union (NFU)
  • National Pet Month (NPM): a registered charity unique in bringing together animal welfare charities and professional bodies throughout the UK with the common goal of improving the welfare of pets. The charity aims to promote responsible pet ownership, make people aware of the benefits of pets to people, increase public awareness of services available from professionals involved with pet animals and raise awareness of working animals
  • National Pig Association (NPA)
  • National Sheep Association (NSA)
  • Pet Advisory Committee (PAC) has a remit to examine the role of companion animals in society and to make recommendations to central and local government as to how pets can best fit into the environment, in the interests of the animal, its owner and the wider community.
  • Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA)
  • Pet Health Council (PHC) had the specific aim of promoting the health and welfare of pet animals in the interests of both pets and people. The PHC’s work was supported by a panel of medical and veterinary advisors who are experts in this field. The PHC produced a range of leaflets offering hints, tips and advice to the public on areas such as pet health, beating stress and pet nutrition. While dormant, the website still offers a resource.
  • Pet Industry Federation The Pet Industry Federation is the membership association for pet industry specialists in the UK. As a Federation it combines five specialist trade associations under one umbrella group. Federation members are pet industry specialists and include groomers, pet boarders, pet retailers and manufacturers
  • Pig Veterinary Society (PVS)
  • Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) promotes the highest standards of food safety, animal health and animal welfare in British livestock farming. A unique initiative involving organisations representing every stage of the food chain, RUMA aims to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines. RUMA membership spans the food chain and includes organisations representing interests in agriculture, veterinary practice, the pharmaceutical industry, retails, consumers and animal welfare interests.
  •, produced by RUMA, explains the facts about antibiotic resistance as well as consolidating scientific data and the details of the steps being taken to tackle the challenge of resistant bacteria in livestock into one place
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS): a registered charity, formed in 1979 to promote awareness and understanding of human – companion animal relationships. SCAS is particularly concerned with vulnerable groups of people in society – people who are severely disabled either emotionally or physically; people who live in institutions such as hospitals and prisons; people in nursing homes and residential accommodation; elderly people; children; and those suffering pet loss, either temporarily or through death.
  • Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS)
  • Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS): SCOPS is directed by a steering committee chaired by the National Sheep Association and includes representatives from SNFU, NOAH, AHDA, RUMA, CSL/VLA, SVS, Defra and SAC. The group has been formed to develop strategies for parasite control in sheep and to oversee the delivery of recommendations to the industry.
  • Veterinary Marketing Association (VMA): an association of members who make it their business to stay in touch with what’s happening in animal health marketing today. It is a non-profit organisation comprised of marketers from over 50 companies, dedicated to raising the standard when it comes to the promotion of animal health products.