British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)

United Kingdom | Full Member

BSAVA President:
Dr John Chitty

WSAVA Representative
Michael Day

Members: 11395



The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) exists to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science.
The Association was founded in 1957 as a professional body to serve veterinary surgeons who treat companion animals. It now has over 11,000 members. The majority of our members work in practice, and represent over a third of the working veterinary surgeons in the UK.

Benefits of Membership
• Get massive member discounts on CPD courses throughout the UK
• Pay less for all BSAVA books, manuals, CD-ROMs and videos
• plus a free copy of the BSAVA Small Animal Formulary
• Receive significant reduction on Congress Registration
• Subscription to monthly Journal of Small Animal Practice,The European Journal of Companion Animal Practice and companion magazine
• Discounted Regional CPD Day Meetings
• Access to members-only content at
• Help with health & safety issues, small animal pharmacy topics, veterinary nursing, attaining Practice Standards etc
• National and international representation for your profession within government and other veterinary organisations

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Our regional committees also organise CPD for members and non-members. You can find out more online -

Publications -
BSAVA publishes manuals, e-books and Congress proceedings

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 British Small Animal Veterinary Association – 2016 report for WSAVA 

The heart of BSAVA is its regional structure in the UK, delivering accessible and high quality continuing education and a real sense of community to our members. BSAVA membership fees subsidise free evening CPD to encourage all members meet and network with other vets and veterinary nurses within their region. This year has seen the roll out of 12 Mind Matters courses in conjunction with the RCVS; these have been a valuable part of a programme of collaborative work to tackle mental health challenges faced by the profession.

Knowledge - made relevant
BSAVA aims to promote an integrated approach to learning through all our resources; from courses to Congress, online webinars and in print via our manuals and journals. Our courses have a well-deserved international reputation for quality and value. The BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate programme now has four subjects with the initial two being launched in Surgery and Medicine and now more recently in Ophthalmology and Emergency and Critical Care. Summer 2016 saw the launch of the BSAVA Masters in Clinical Veterinary Research which is designed primarily for those working in small animal clinical practice.


Science – talking of evidence
Evidence based science is behind everything we do at BSAVA and we have worked with the University of Liverpool for several years to establish the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET). This project has now secured independent funding from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which will ensure its future, independent of BSAVA, while our members and the wider profession will continue to benefit from the analysis and outputs of this important project.


International Partnerships
BSAVA seeks opportunities to suport important initiatives that provide education for small animal vets around the world and 2016 has seen two exciting projects develop. The first is the BSAVA-backed Eastern European Veterinary Conference in Belgrade, which brought an extensive, quality CPD programme to vets at a price they could afford. BSAVA was delighted to support the local team of small animal veterinary associations with advice and resources from our own Congress team.

We have also worked with Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) to deliver a website for vets in developing countries around the world as a benefit to the profession and animal welfare. This fulfills part of our mission to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science.

We also continue to enjoy our relationship with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, presenting news from around the world through our WSAVA pages in Companion, our membership publication.


Members – Who we are

Membership growth continues and in November 2016 membership numbers exceeded 11,000 for the first time, with 4545 full veterinary members and over 7000 members in the subsidised and free categories. Much of the growth has come from our concessionary 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Qualified categories following the launch of the new Professional Development Phase resource bank this year. In the latter part of 2016 the Association launched a new membership survey which will help us improve our products as well as providing some useful benchmarks against other professional membership bodies to inform our future plans.


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