Master's 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).

PetSavers will fund, for a period of one year, the following costs up to a maximum in aggregate of £40,000:

a) Postgraduate student stipend at UKRI standard rates
b) Payment of university fees
c) Equipment and consumables (up to £10,000 including VAT) depending on the nature of the project.

The research student should be a veterinary surgeon or registered veterinary nurse. The MDR can only be undertaken at a university or at the Animal Health Trust and projects must be undertaken within the UK. Supervisors, who should be recognised experts in the field of the research project, are expected to act as academic supervisors. At least one applicant must hold a veterinary degree and be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Supervisors are welcome to apply for funding which either names the prospective research student, or before advertising for a prospective student.

Applications for the 2020 round of grants have now closed. 

The next call will open in April 2021 so please check back then.


How to apply

To complete your application please complete the application form below and send to us by post or email together with signed terms and conditions, a letter of support from the head of department or practice principal, and ethical committee approval. 

Address: PetSavers, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire GL2 2AB

Application form

Terms and Conditions

Report formthis is for successful applicants to use once research has commenced

If you have any questions, please contact us on the email address above or call 01452 726723.

How we decide what to fund

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Our research

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