About the British Small Animal Veterinary Association


Our Vision Statement

To be the professional association of choice to inform, support and engage the small animal veterinary community.

Our Mission Statement

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) exists to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science.

Our Association Aims and Objectives

BSAVA was founded in 1957 as a professional body to serve veterinary surgeons who treat companion animals and now has over 10,000 members. The majority of our members work in practice as veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses. On behalf of our members, the BSAVA:

  • Encourages veterinary surgeons and nurses to develop their professional skills
  • Runs numerous continuing education courses and seminars throughout the UK
  • Hosts the biggest annual small animal conference in the world, attracting over 7,000 delegates
  • Publishes books, manuals, CD-ROMs and videos on a diversity of small animal topics
  • Publishes the monthly Journal of Small Animal Practice
  • Maintains contacts with small animal practitioners through the Regional Officers, who organise local CPD meetings
  • Through its charity, PetSavers, funds clinical investigations into the diseases of companion animals
  • Provides a forum for the discussion of issues of importance to veterinary surgeons and nurses in small animal practice and submits evidence on their behalf to the British Veterinary Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as to government departments
  • Liaises with other veterinary professionals through regular meetings
  • Represents member interests internationally through various European and world small animal organisations

History of the BSAVA

Since the BSAVA was founded in 1957, the Association has been committed to its mission of promoting excellence in small animal practice with a strong focus on innovation in science and education.

As 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of the BSAVA, we’ve created a simple timeline which illustrates some of the key dates in the Association’s history interspersed with a few world events.

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