Most of the 570 supporters of VAWM are general veterinary practitioners, spread across England , Wales, Scotland and Ireland . Many have had years of clinical experience with all common species of domestic and wild animals. Some are, or were, in the pharmaceutical industry, some are academics with a wealth of research experience, five are veterinary professors and six are fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists.
The objectives of the Association are to promote the sensible management of British wildlife by methods that are advantageous for the welfare of wild animals and which promote or sustain the health and vigour of their species.
- To maintain a balance between various species of wild animals, birds and plants in particular those that are indigenous to the area where the management is practised, thereby promoting biodiversity
- To protect the health and welfare of farmed and other domestic animals
- To protect the livelihoods of farmers and others whose livelihoods depend on the management of wildlife - see also A response to a consultation by DEFRA towards a Wildlife Management Strategy for England, September 2008
- To protect public health
Full subscribing membership of the VAWM is open to any qualified veterinary surgeon. Persons enrolled to read for a university degree that leads to qualification as a veterinary surgeon may apply for student membership. Please use this link to send us your details if you wish to join VAWM.
The Association publishes two newsletters a year to subscribing members and holds an Annual Meeting in September or October.
The Association has held several symposia in London in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010 and most recently in 2012 on wildlife diseases and zoonotic infections.