British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)

United Kingdom | Full Member

BSAVA President:
Dr. Patricia Colville

WSAVA Representative
Prof. Michael Day

Members: 7660



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 7,500 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, CD-Roms, handbooks and Congress proceedings.

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 British Small Animal Veterinary Association – 2014 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. Over 100 regional meetings were organized in 2014 and our volunteers have worked tirelessly to offer an unrivalled regional programme of education. President Katie McConnell says that visiting the regions as been the highlight of her year as President, along with seeing how well respected BSAVA is on an international scale when attending overseas events. 2014 has been another successful year for BSAVA – and we are grateful for our close relationship with our WSAVA colleagues.  


Global outlook

BSAVA has launched its e-Membership programme for nine nations as part of its commitment to supporting colleagues in developing countries. The first to benefit from the initiative will be India, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Albania, Guatemala, Paraguay, Kenya, Swaziland and Mozambique. This membership is free and lasts for three years, providing access to the wide range of resources online. This will help veterinary professionals in those countries establish a foundation of material on which to build their own CPD and develop their own organisations. Once this free membership period expires, these members will be offered a transfer to a special reduced fee membership. BSAVA’s general overseas e-membership has grown to nearly 500 members, supported with a much-improved new website. 


 Knowledge – made relevant 




BSAVA aims to promote an integrated approach to learning through all our resources; from courses to Congress, online and in print. Our courses have a well-deserved international reputation for quality and value. The BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate programme continues to develop with the introduction of additional subject areas, and an increasing number of practical courses. In print, and increasingly through digital publications, we build on our reputation for providing practical, relevant resources by expanding our library of manuals.


Science – talking of evidence
Science is behind everything we do at BSAVA. This is currently demonstrated in the support we’ve given the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) working with Liverpool University, and also importantly in the ongoing funding of clinical research by PetSavers. Advances in science are central to The Journal of Small Animal Practice and at Congress in the Clinical Abstract and Poster sessions, and we are increasingly being asked to comment on matters affecting the small animal profession. In 2014 BSAVA provided funding towards a veterinary intern to support the work being done by Lord Trees in the House of Lords and we support the role through collaboration between our own Head of Scientific Policy and Lord Trees’ office.


Congress – by us for us
Every year at Congress we are able to showcase the best in veterinary education for vets, VNs, practice managers and veterinary students. With input from permanent staff with specific event expertise, this is really only possible thanks to the collaboration with the veterinary volunteer force on both Congress committee and the scientific programme subcommittee. Their input means that BSAVA offerings are always innovative and relevant. BSAVA Congress remains an important event run by the profession for the profession and we welcome delegates from across the globe to Birmingham every April.


Members – Who we are

Membership growth continues at BSAVA. In December 2014 membership numbers exceeded 10,000 for the first time, with 4624 full paying members and over 6000 members in the subsidised and free categories. These groups include over 1000 ‘overseas’ veterinary professionals benefiting from our membership support. In the latter part of 2014 the Association launched the second part of its member survey to try and better understand the needs of all members. This is due to be completed in 2015 and the results will inform our plans for the coming years.


Dr Penny Watson MA, VetMD, CertVR, DSAM, DipECVIM, MRCVS

Honorary Secretary, BSAVA


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