About us


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



To enable the community of small animal veterinary professionals to develop their knowledge and skills through leading-edge education, scientific research and collaboration.


Our Association Aims and Objectives

BSAVA was founded in 1957 as a professional body to serve veterinary surgeons who treat companion animals and now has over 10,000 members. The majority of our members work in practice as veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses.  On behalf of our members, the BSAVA:

  • Encourages veterinary surgeons and nurses to develop their professional skills
  • Runs an extensive programme of continuing education courses and seminars
  • Hosts one of the biggest annual small animal conferences in Europe 
  • Publishes books, online resources and videos on a diversity of small animal topics
  • Publishes the monthly Journal of Small Animal Practice and Companion, exclusive to members
  • Maintains contacts with small animal practitioners through the Regions, who organise local CPD and events
  • Provides access to discounts and services through identified third party providers
  • Through its associated charity, BSAVA-PetSavers, funds clinical investigations into the diseases of companion animals
  • Provides a forum for the discussion of issues of importance to veterinary surgeons and nurses in small animal practice and submits evidence on their behalf to the British Veterinary Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as to government departments
  • Informs and keeps members up to date with the latest issues and events impacting the small animal veterinary profession
  • Liaises with other veterinary professional bodies and represents member interests internationally through various European and world small animal organisations


Take a look back at key dates since we were founded and see how our history has impacted on how you experience life as a veterinary professional today.

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In order for the Association to deliver support and advice veterinary professionals require, numerous Committees bring together members from a diverse range of backgrounds. Further details and the function of each committee can be found here plus members can read an archive of AGM minutes and council highlights.

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Contact us

All the ways to contact us to find out more about books, education, resources and everything else BSAVA does.

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PetSavers is our grant awarding arm that funds vital clinical research into finding cures for diseases and illnesses which affect companion animals.


How can I help?


As well as staff members at BSAVA HQ, a lot of the running of the association is carried out by volunteers, who all say using their spare time to help has benefited their career.

Take a look out all of our current volunteering opportunities at the BSAVA!

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2020 Financial Report

The latest report is available to view, with this year's version being digital-only. If you would like a hard copy, please contact us. 

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These are the regulations governing the relationships between the stakeholders of the Association, and are a requirement under the law of the United Kingdom.

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Affiliate groups and partner associations

These organisations are associations, groups and societies which are affiliated to the BSAVA and partner associations who we work very closely with.

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Media enquiries

Members of the press can download images of our officers and find out rules on the use of our logos.

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Current vacancies

Find out more about current roles being advertised by teams at our Gloucester HQ.

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Head Office Departments

The Association is run by a mixture of veterinary professional volunteers and staff members. Find out more about the teams at our Gloucestershire headquarters here

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Membership T&Cs

Find out more about our membership terms and conditions


Privacy policy

Find out more about the Personal Data we may collect about you when you interact with us. It also explains how we will store and handle that data, and keep it safe.


Registered users T&Cs

Find out more about our registered users terms and conditions.


Terms of use

Find out more about the terms of use for the BSAVA website.


Our Sustainability 

The BSAVA has recently formed a new ‘Sustainability Working Group (SWG)of interested BSAVA volunteers and staff members. The initial purpose of the SWG is to explore the feasibility of BSAVA becoming carbon neutral as an organisation, both at the Association’s HQ (Woodrow House) and association-wide.

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Our Strategy 

As times have changed, so has our strategy as we continue to be the voice for small animal vets and nurses. So, we invite you to take a look at our strategic plan for 2021-23, and how we plan to continue driving the small animal profession forward, past the pandemic.

Our strategic plan

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