About us

Our purpose

To drive excellence in veterinary practice to improve the health and welfare of small animals. 

Our mission

To fund vital clinical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of pets, so that vets always have the knowledge they need to counter the distress and pain caused by those diseases.

Who we are

BSAVA PetSavers was founded by a group of veterinary surgeons in 1974 and to this day, our charity continues to be run by a band of enthusiastic, dedicated vets and vet nurses. The majority of the committee members are in general practice and are fully aware of how vital the research is in addressing risks posed to our pets’ health. Importantly, BSAVA PetSavers is almost unique in being one of the few charities concerned with promoting the study of medical and surgical conditions in pets without the use of experimental animals, and this is a principle that we have followed throughout the past 40 years.

To achieve our aim, we award grants to researchers in universities, practices and research organisations enabling veterinary surgeons and nurses to advance clinical investigations into the problems associated with pet animal medicine and surgery. Only studies involving naturally occurring diseases in small animals are considered and are undertaken to the highest ethical, scientific and veterinary standards.

Read about some of our funded projects to see the impact of our work

Funded solely by charitable donations, BSAVA PetSavers has invested more than £2 million in vital clinical research and training programmes over the past 40 years, in areas as diverse as kidney disease, anaemia, diabetes, feline leukaemia, deafness, cancer and heart disease, to name just a few.

Pet animals are subject to many illnesses and, while there are several charities devoted to the prevention of cruelty and suffering, few are concerned with the study and improvement of pet medicine and surgery.

We continue to be the UK’s leading veterinary charity provider of grants solely dedicated to supporting clinical research into companion animal diseases and helping pets enjoy longer and healthier lives.

See what grants are available to support veterinary research and apply here




Contact us

We are based in Gloucestershire close to the beautiful rolling Cotswold Hills. Contact us and we will be happy to help you, whether you have a query about your grant application or need advice on fundraising. You can also contact us to buy BSAVA PetSavers products over the phone.

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Our history

Discover key dates and events in BSAVA PetSavers' 40 year history

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Our veterinary volunteers

BSAVA PetSavers relies on our veterinary volunteers who are recruited via our parent organisation, the BSAVA. See membership lists for PetSavers' committees and also how you can help us.

How can I help?

Our fundraisers

Here we acknowledge our outstanding volunteers who have run, cycled, walked and baked for BSAVA PetSavers. You can also support us by donating to current fundraising projects here too.

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Our sponsors

We like to recognise both our corporate sponsors and all the practices that have raised a minimum of £200 for BSAVA PetSavers as part of the £200 project. You can also find out how your practice can pledge to raise at least £200 for us here.

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Previous events

Take a look at some videos of our previous fundraising events we have organised.

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Registered Company No. 02837793. A Company Limited by Guarantee in England. Registered as a Charity No. 1024811.