Empowering Voices Against Abuse

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Vicki Betton

Links Vice Chair & Trustee, British Veterinary Association

Vicki is the Communications Director of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the largest membership organisation representing supporting and championing vets in the UK.

She is responsible for the organisation’s communications and organisational strategy, media and campaign activities, and digital, marketing and events teams. Prior to joining BVA in 2022, Vicki worked at PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity, establishing a national youth engagement and schools’ teaching programme, and a national community education scheme.

She was responsible for producing the PDSA Animal Wellbeing PAW Report, development of the organisation’s policy, public affairs and campaigning strategy, and representing PDSA on several government and sector working groups.

Vicki continues to work with groups which tackle a wide range of animal welfare issues, including the link between animal abuse and family violence, for which she received BSAVA’s Ray Butcher Award in 2018.

Vicki has been involved with the Links Group for over 15 years and is a founding Trustee of the charity.

What Our Attendees Say

The speaker's presentation was incredibly impactful. It truly opened my eyes to the importance of recognising and addressing the link between animal and human abuse. The Links Group's mission is now something I deeply support.

Attending this event was a game-changer for me. The insights shared by the speaker were both enlightening and motivating. I left feeling empowered to make a difference in my community.

'Even though I ask the question on the DASH form regarding animal abuse, I feel more confident how to respond’.

‘I thought it was brilliantly presented and one of the most worthwhile training sessions I have ever attended’.

‘Whilst the sharing of real scenarios from survivors' experiences was confronting and difficult to hear, it really cemented the knowledge and research you were providing’.