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PetSavers funds clinical research specifically designed to advance knowledge of conditions affecting small animals kept as pets, with the ultimate aim of advancing the understanding of the cause and / or management of a clinical disorder. Projects are selected in the hope that study results will have a rapid and positive impact on the way diseases are diagnosed, managed and treated in general practice, as well as at a specialist level.

In order to qualify for a PetSavers grant, a research proposal must meet the following criteria:

  • The study involves only naturally occurring disease in small animals; there must be no experimental or artificial induction of disease.
  • The anticipated results of the study will result in a change in diagnosis or management of small animal disease.
  • The study is supervised by people with veterinary clinical skills and knowledge.
  • Any interventions on animals (including obtaining samples) would be considered part of Recognised Veterinary Practice.
  • All applications should indicate whether ethical approval has been obtained, and if not, what steps will be taken to ensure that the project achieves ethical approval.
  • Applicants must state how the results will directly benefit cats, dogs or other companion animals. If the benefit is not direct, they must suggest how many further steps (and at what cost) they believe it will take, before a benefit becomes apparent.

 

Please note PetSavers does not fund experimental research requiring licence under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. The Act makes a distinction between experimental procedures and “Recognised Veterinary Practice” which is defined as ‘procedures and techniques performed on animals by veterinary surgeons in the course of their professional duties, which ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to their care’.

The RCVS provides further guidance on Recognised Veterinary Practice and Ethical Review as well as information on their Ethics Review Panel

There are three types of PetSavers’ Grants:

1. Masters Degree by Research (MDR)
2. Clinical Research Project (CRP)
3. Student Research Projects (SRP)


Please select the grant you are interested in from the choices below.

Clinical Research Project

PetSavers funds clinical research specifically designed to advance knowledge of conditions affecting small animals kept as pets, with the ultimate aim of advancing the understanding of the cause and/or management of clinical disorder.

Clinical Research Projects are now closed for application for 2017.  The 2018 application process will open in October 2017. 

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Masters Degree by Research

A PetSavers’ MDR will fund a postgraduate student to work full time on a specific research project, with or without attendance at some short courses (e.g. statistics, thesis presentation).

Applications for the Masters Degree by Research open in April 2018.

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60th anniversary Masters Degree by Research

PetSavers funded four additional Masters Degrees by Research grants in 2017 to celebrate BSAVA's 60th Anniversary.

Applications for the 60th anniversary Masters Degree by Research have now closed. Keep an eye on the website to see which research projects were chosen.

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Student Research Project

PetSavers award eight student grants of £1,000 for each veterinary school in the UK and one specifically for veterinary nurses. Projects are selected in the hope that study results will have a rapid and positive impact on the way diseases are diagnosed, managed and treated in general practice, as well as at a specialist level.

The 2017 application process has now closed.  You can apply for the 2018 cycle from April 2018. 

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