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Member organisation

British Small Animal Veterinary Association


The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) was founded in 1957 as a professional body to serve veterinary surgeons who treat companion animals. It now has more than 6,200 members, representing almost a half of the working veterinary surgeons in the UK. The Association aims to promote the highest standards of small animal medicine and surgery in practice, teaching and research.


Principal activities

The objectives of the BSAVA are achieved by:
  • Encouraging veterinary surgeons to develop their professional skills
  • Organising continuing education courses for both veterinary practitioners and nurses
  • Hosting the biggest annual small animal conference in the world
  • Publishing books, manuals and CD-ROMs on a diversity of small animal topics
  • Publishing the monthly Journal of Small Animal Practice
  • Through its charity, Petsavers, funding clinical research in companion animals and providing scholarships for young veterinary surgeons to develop specialist clinical and research skills
  • Through the Practice Standards Scheme, recognising those practices working to a high standard of competence and safety
  • Gathering information in areas where specific current or controversial issues have implications for small animals, small animal practice and pet owners
  • Maintaining contacts with small animal practitioners through a network of regional officers
  • Providing a forum for the discussion of issues of importance to veterinary surgeons in small animal practice
  • Submitting evidence on behalf of its members to the British Veterinary Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as to government departments
  • Liasing with other veterinary bodies
  • Representing member interests internationally through various European and world small animal organisations
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