Our Stakeholders

Collaboration between veterinary, welfare and rescue associations is crucial to achieving a standardised ethos and methodology across sectors.

BARTA works with stakeholders strategically to ensure we are providing a joined up response to community risk and tactically in understanding the needs of responders and providing training appropriate to organisational roles and capabilities.

The National Fire Chiefs Council brings together the operational leadership of the UK’s fire and rescue services to provide co-ordinated professional, operational and technical leadership of the sector, advising and supporting central and local government, and other stakeholders.

The Animal Rescue Practitioners Forum has been an active technical group of the NFCC (previously the Chief Fire Officers Association, CFOA) since 2008.

The RSPCA have supported the process of animal rescue development throughout and provide welfare guidance to ensure emergency responders understand legal frameworks and embed animal welfare at the heart of response policies. Operationally, an MOU exists between the National Fire Chiefs Council on behalf of the fire and rescue sector and the RSPCA, outlining each other’s capabilities and promoting ways of working collaboratively in the field to support each other’s aims and objectives.

The British Veterinary Association is the national representative body for veterinary surgeons in the UK.

As the largest membership community for the veterinary profession in the UK, they champion, support, and empower more than 18,000 vets of all ages, stages, and disciplines.

The British Equine Veterinary Association has been at the forefront of animal rescue development since 2007, supporting their members who respond to equine emergencies through joint training and as a standing advisory member of the fire and rescue development journey. BEVA initiated Safer Horse Rescues and through that scheme produced a comprehensive list of veterinary practices willing to support a rescue and accompanying rescue fund, to cover emergency treatment costs where there was no owner to accept responsibility for their attendance.

The British Cattle Veterinary Association launched their participation in the rescue initiative in style at their 2009 conference with HRH the Princess Royal highlighting the clear benefits of what had already been achieved and looking towards a wider Large Animal Rescue response.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) exists to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science. As the scope of veterinary care and attendance at emergency incidents develops, it is essential to engage expertise from the sector to ensure their members are equipped and prepared for what they might be asked to do. BARTA also provides veterinary experts a mechanism to ensure clinical governance for the immediate care provision by first responders.

The British Association of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care is an organisation for those either working or undertaking further education in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care.

Leading critical care specialists help provide structure and governance to our Pre-Veterinary Immediate Emergency Care initiative.