Citizen Science Project

BSAVA PetSavers is funding a new citizen science research project at the University of Liverpool – aiming to help vets and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

We are pleased to announce that ethical approval has now been granted for both the owner and veterinary professional surveys. 


The owner survey has now closed - thank you for your support! 

Terms and conditions for the Amazon voucher prize draw for the owner survey can be found here:


The veterinary survey is now live and we want to recruit veterinary professionals who currently or have recently conducted consultations on senior dog preventative healthcare and/or treatment to take part. The survey is anonymous and should take around 20 minutes to complete. Get involved and be in with a chance of winning an Amazon voucher!

Please click here to access the veterinary survey

Terms and conditions for the Amazon voucher prize draw for the veterinary survey can be found here:

About the OAP project

Dogs are living up to twice as long as they did 40 years ago which has implications for ageing dogs’ healthcare and wellbeing. As the life expectancy of canine golden oldies increases, so does the amount of time our dogs spend in poor health, but it may be difficult for us to distinguish between normal age-related changes and serious diseases that require veterinary treatment. 

To help address this, BSAVA PetSavers is funding a major research project at the University of Liverpool – Old Age Pets – that will help vets and owners to provide the best care for their senior and geriatric dogs.

Over the past year and a half, PetSavers and the University of Liverpool have been working together to investigate owner expectations, experiences and attitudes to ageing in dogs. Pet owners have been invited to submit diaries, photographs and videos, to share their experiences of living with an older dog. There have also been opportunities for both veterinary professionals and pet owners to complete in-depth interviews and online questionnaires.

We are now able to invite veterinary professionals to complete an online survey about their experiences. The survey can be found here. The findings will be used to develop a guidance tool to help vets and owners provide the best care to senior dogs.

Meet the research team

Find out more about the research team, led by Carri Westgarth from the University of Liverpool.

Find out more

Watch our webinar 

As part of the popular BSAVA Science Webinar series, we talk to Carri Westgarth and Zoe Belshaw about the progress and purpose of the OAP project, and much more! 

Watch it here

The BSAVA and ageing dogs

Junior Vice President of the BSAVA, Carl Gorman, talks about his book ‘The Ageing Dog’, which ties in perfectly with the work and aims of the OAP project.

Read the interview here



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