BSAVA Masters unlocks ‘inner researchers’

7 October 2016

Vets with enquiring minds can unlock their ‘inner researcher’ by joining the Masters by Research, just launched by BSAVA.

Enrolment is now open for the programme, which matches participants with a highly experienced supervisor, and provides the level of BSAVA support that has already proved popular with students on the Postgraduate Certificates.

The qualification is intended to give vets the opportunity to investigate in more depth any aspect of clinical research relating to their work – in particular vets working in practice, including those who may be unsure how to take the first step.

It could be a special interest, such as evaluating risk factors for a particular disease or common case they see in practice, with experienced peers available in diverse areas – from exotics to ophthalmology and nutrition to internal medicine.

The Masters is a significant addition to the most successful CPD programme in the 60-year history of the BSAVA, spearheaded by Academic Director Frances Barr.

“This qualification offers exciting possibilities for vets to unlock their inner researcher, finding answers to clinical questions faced in practice and guided every step of the way by highly experienced supervisors and the BSAVA team,” she said.

“It furthers the BSAVA’s mission to help vets realise their ambitions and develop through lifelong learning at every stage of their careers, which we hope will have a very positive impact on the profession.

“Enrolment is now open and we would invite anyone with a strong interest in research to apply.”

The Masters programme, validated by Nottingham Trent University, is aimed at people who already have any accredited postgraduate certificate (60 credits at Level 7) relevant to some aspect of veterinary medicine or surgery.

It is based on a further 1,200 study hours and could be flexibly achieved in two years of part-time study or up to five years, depending on the project type and an individual’s availability. It starts with online study into the principles of clinical research, which students will then apply to their own research project.

The programme starts in January 2017 and applications are now open.

Students can enroll online and find out more information at or by emailing