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Privacy Policy


The British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) respect the privacy of visitors to our website ( and This policy is concerned with how we collect information, what we do with it and what controls you have over your personal information.

The BVZS is a specialist division of the British Veterinary Association and is a representative body for exotic, zoological and wildlife veterinarians in the UK and overseas. The aims of the Society are to promote the advancement of veterinary knowledge and skill in the maintenance of the health and welfare of non-domesticated animals and to encourage proper housing and conditions for such animals; to encourage full use of veterinary services by wild animal establishments and by the owners of exotic animals; to promote the international exchange of veterinary knowledge of non-domesticated animals.

We are a not-for-profit organisation so any money that we make is reinvested to serve the veterinary profession. We take our duty to process your personal information very seriously. This policy explains how we collect, manage, use and protect your personal information.

We may change this document from time to time to reflect the latest view of what we do with your information. Please check back frequently; you will be able to see if changes have been made by the date it was last updated.

Refer to the sections below for more details on how and why we use your personal information:

1 – Who are we?

2 – What personal information we collect and how we use it

3 – Legitimate interests

4 – Sharing your information

5 – Retaining your information

6 – Your details on the web

7 – What are your rights?

Who are we?

In this policy references to the British Veterinary Zoological Society, or to ‘we’ or ‘us’ are referring to BVZS.

What personal information we collect and how we use it

What we need

The BVZS is what’s known as the ‘Data Controller’ of the personal information you provide to us. We will usually collect basic personal information about you such as your name, postal address, telephone number, email address and your payment details if you are purchasing a membership or other items from us.

Sometimes we will collect other information about you such as your date of birth, gender, employment details, veterinary interests and other details. We will be very clear with you that we wish to collect such information and our reason for collecting such information.

Why we need it

We collect your personal information in connection with membership activities, to keep you informed of news and developments in the veterinary world, to provide you with services, to facilitate access to our membership portal and for other specific activities, such as campaign updates, newsletter requests, product purchases, feedback, donations, competition entries, information you provide in public forums on our sites and applications.

The information is either needed to fulfil your request or to enable us to provide you with a more personalised membership service. You don’t have to disclose any of this information to browse our site. However, if you choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with certain services.

Our marketing

Sometimes, with your consent, we will process your personal information to provide you with information about our work or our activities that you have requested or are expecting.

On other occasions, we may process personal information when we need to do this to fulfil a contract (for example, if you have purchased something from our shop) or where we are required to do this by law or other regulations.

The BVZS also processes your information when it is in our legitimate interests to do this and when these interests do not override your rights. Those legitimate interests include providing you with information on our products, campaigns, services, products, newsletter requests, feedback, competitions and other activities. Please see the section on ‘Legitimate Interest’ for more information.

How we obtain your details:

— We will also hold information about your details so that we can respect your preferences for being contacted by us.

— We collect your personal information in several ways: When you provide it to us directly as part of your communication with us for membership services, training and other interactions.

— When you provide permission to other organisations to share it with us (including Facebook or Twitter).

— When we collect it as you use our websites or apps.

— When you have given it to a third party and you have provided permission to pass your information on to us.

— From publicly available sources (where possible) to keep your information up to date (e.g. the Post Office’s National Change of Address database).

— We combine the information from these sources with the information you provide to us directly.


If you are under 16 please ensure you obtain your parent/guardian’s consent before sending any personal information to any website or the BVZS.

Please note that we will not knowingly market to or accept orders for goods or services from persons aged under 16 years.

As a parent or guardian we encourage you to be aware of the activities in which your children are participating, both offline and online. If your children voluntarily disclose information, this may encourage unsolicited messages. We suggest that you discourage your child from providing any information without your consent.

Anything else?

All the personal information we process is processed within the EEA. However, for the purposes of IT hosting and maintenance your information may be situated outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). This will be done in accordance with guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

If you would like to change the way you hear from us or no longer wish to receive direct marketing communications from us, then use the contact form on our ‘Contact Us’ page or go to your online membership.

Legitimate interests

We have a number of lawful reasons that mean we can use your personal information. One of these is something called ‘legitimate interests’. Broadly speaking Legitimate Interests means we can process your personal information if we have a genuine and legitimate reason and we are not harming any of your rights and interests.

Please read the information we have provide in the ‘Legitimate Interest’ policy for more detailed information. (Found below)

 Sharing your information

We do not share your information with any other organisations or individuals unless we are obliged to by law, for purposes of national security, taxation and criminal investigations and in the following instances:

— If you have agreed that we may do so.

— When we use other companies to provide services on our behalf, e.g. processing, mailing or delivering orders, answering customers’ questions about products or services, sending mail and emails, affiliate services, customer analysis, assessment, when using auditors/advisors or processing credit/debit card payments.

— If we merge with another organisation to form a new entity, information may be transferred to the new entity.

— We may disclose aggregate statistics about our site visitors, supporters, customers and sales to describe our services and operations to prospective partners, advertisers and other reputable third parties and for other lawful purposes, but these statistics won’t include any personally identifying information.

Retaining your information

We hold your information only as long as necessary for each reason that we use it. We have provided some examples of the time we will keep your information in this paragraph but you can contact us for more information.

If decide not to support the BVZS any more or request that we have no further contact with you, we will keep some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future and to ensure that we don’t accidentally duplicate information.

If you make a purchase from us, we will keep the purchase information for a period of seven years for accounting purposes.

Third-Party Links

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of the website you visit.

What are your rights?

You have a number of rights about how the personal information you provide can be used. These are:

— Transparency over how we use your personal information (right to be informed).

— The ability to request a copy of the information we hold about you, which will be provided to you within one month (right of access).

— Update or amend the information we hold about you if it is wrong (right of rectification).

— Ask us to stop using your information (right to restrict processing).

— Ask us to remove your personal information from our records (right to be ‘forgotten’).

— Object to the processing of your information for marketing purposes (right to object).

— Obtain and reuse your personal information for your own purposes (right to data portability).

— Not be subject to a decision when it is based on automated processing (automated decision making and profiling).

If you would like to know more about your rights under the data protection law, you can find out more at the Information Commissioners Office website (

Remember, you can change the way you hear from us or withdraw your permission for us to process your personal information at any time by using the form on our ‘Contact Us’ page.

How to contact us

If you wish to talk through anything in our privacy policy, find out more about your rights or obtain a copy of the information we hold about you, please contact us (through the contact page or directly via email to the webmaster), we will be happy to help.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal information, you can contact the webmaster who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal information in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

If you wish to talk to us about anything in the policy or the information we hold about you please contact us:

Through the website:

By email:

This document was last updated: September 2020