PetSavers funds clinical research specifically designed to advance knowledge of conditions affecting small animals kept as pets, with the ultimate aim of advancing the understanding of the cause and / or management of a clinical disorder. Projects are selected in the hope that study results will have a rapid and positive impact on the way diseases are diagnosed, managed and treated in general practice, as well as at a specialist level.
In order to qualify for a PetSavers grant, a research proposal must meet the following criteria:
- The study involves only naturally occurring disease in small animals; there must be no experimental or artificial induction of disease.
- The anticipated results of the study will result in a change in diagnosis or management of small animal disease.
- The study is supervised by people with veterinary clinical skills and knowledge.
- Any interventions on animals (including obtaining samples) would be considered part of Recognised Veterinary Practice.
- All applications should indicate whether ethical approval has been obtained, and if not, what steps will be taken to ensure that the project achieves ethical approval.
- Applicants must state how the results will directly benefit cats, dogs or other companion animals. If the benefit is not direct, they must suggest how many further steps (and at what cost) they believe it will take, before a benefit becomes apparent.
Please note PetSavers does not fund experimental research requiring licence under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. The Act makes a distinction between experimental procedures and “Recognised Veterinary Practice” which is defined as ‘procedures and techniques performed on animals by veterinary surgeons in the course of their professional duties, which ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to their care’.
The RCVS provides further guidance on Recognised Veterinary Practice and Ethical Review as well as information on their Ethics Review Panel
There are five types of PetSavers’ Grants:
1. Clinical Research Project (CRP)
2. Student Research Project (SRP)
3. Masters Degree by Research (MDR)
4. Cardiovascular Society Research Project (VCSRP)
5. Citizen Science Project (CS)
Please select the grant you are interested in from the choices below.