British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)

United Kingdom | Full Member

BSAVA President:
Prof. Michael Day

WSAVA Representative
Dr. Grant Petrie

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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Publications -
BSAVA publishes manuals, CD-Roms, handbooks and Congress proceedings.

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 British Small Animal Veterinary Association – 2013 report for WSAVA 

When Professor Michael Day began his presidential year in April 2013 he brought a vision for a ‘Global Outlook’ that would see BSAVA extend its international outreach. With a wealth of information created in its 57 year history, BSAVA has embarked on a project to make available this great legacy of material to its current members, but to also encourage veterinary colleagues from across the world to take advantage of this rich resource. This has resulted in investment in new technologies, the introduction of a free membership campaign in developing countries, and a greater attendance at overseas events. 2013 has been a successful year – and we are grateful for our close relationship with WSAVA. 


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. 


Investment in new technology

In 2013 BSAVA introduced a new membership system and website. This project, which was delivered on time and on budget, was essential in order to serve a growing membership that demands quick and effective access to resources online. The new database and website will enable BSAVA to extend its offering to members and provide a platform for the Association’s ambitious digital project to enhance our already respected print publications. 


Pride in publications 

When BSAVA attends events, both in the UK and overseas, it is clear that our manuals are very popular amongst vets and nurses in practice and their excellent reputation has never been more deserved. The challenge for BSAVA is now to extend the scope and delivery of this valued material in a digital age. The 2013 launch of manuals with additional content on DVD has been met with great enthusiasm and the trial introduction of e-versions of some of the manuals has been well received. This is an ongoing project to which BSAVA is committed – and this development will be aided by the launch of the new website. 


Congress evolution

Having hosted WSAVA and FECAVA in the previous year, April 2013 saw BSAVA Congress attendance return to record numbers in Birmingham. Final reports show that a total of 6,199 vets, vet nurses, practice managers and students attended. A significant number of international delegates visited, with almost 60 countries represented. Delegates acquired more than 100,000 CPD hours from a varied scientific programme and there was an increase in practical and hands-on lectures, which allowed delegates to get even closer to the expertise on offer at this world-class event. With the venue in Birmingham receiving a facelift, and a new team at Head Office, the future looks bright for BSAVA Congress. 



Knowledge that matters

The BSAVA Postgraduate Certificates have been a huge success and continue to go from strength to strength. The Certificates in medicine and surgery have been heavily subscribed and for 2014 the programme has been extended to include Ophthalmology and Emergency and Critical Care (the latter sees BSAVA working in conjunction with Vets Now). Another innovation that has proved popular is the BSAVA webinar series for vets and vet nurses, which will now see improved access through the new website. These programmes, along with our delivery of CPD in our regions, mean BSAVA can meet the ever-growing demand for quality education in formats that are relevant to our members at all stages of their career. 


Small Animal Surveillance Network (SAVSNET)

SAVSNET is collaboration between BSAVA and the University of Liverpool that aims to fill a gap in health surveillance of the UK’s pet population. This will be achieved by the ethical collection and analysis of large volumes of health information about companion animals. In 2013 contracts have been agreed with software developers, key staff have been employed and a campaign to recruit practices and diagnostic laboratories got underway. In 2014 it is expected that significant numbers of practices will have joined the programme to allow the collection, analysis and distribution of vital information. This is an exciting development for the British veterinary profession, and for animal welfare. 


Four decades of PetSavers 

PetSavers funds crucial clinical research designed to advance our knowledge of conditions in companion animals. It has invested more than £2 million into vital clinical research and training programmes over the past 40 years, which has led to some key scientific breakthroughs in the treatment of small animal diseases. There are currently two types of PetSavers grants; a Masters Degree by Research and a Clinical Research Project. In 2013 PetSavers welcomed its first ever patron, the popular writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.  For its 40th anniversary in 2014 PetSavers has a series of fundraising events planned and we look forward to the support of our members in the UK and overseas.  At the 2014 Congress we will launch a special 40th anniversary initiative that will see £40K allocated to the UK veterinary schools to fund summer research studentships. 


Scientific Policy

BSAVA has reviewed its position statements to provide clear declarations of its position on a range of topics related to companion animal veterinary practice. These are backed up by advice and guidance for members. New position statements include those on novel procedures and the responsible use of antibacterials (based on the PROTECT guidelines), all available on the BSAVA website. BSAVA has contributed to a wide range of consultations this year, including those related to proposed legislation on compulsory microchipping and dog control, and clinical standards in veterinary practice.


Membership growth

Membership growth continues at BSAVA. In 2013 there were 4511 full paying members, with a further 4641 members in subsidised categories. The challenge for 2014 is to ensure that the range of services offered to those members meets their needs in relevant ways that are accessible and affordable, without compromising on the quality that has always been expected from BSAVA. 



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

Honorary Secretary, BSAVA


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