BSAVA PetSavers open applications for PhD and Master’s Research funding

1 August 2023

BSAVA PetSavers have today (1st August) opened applications for both a PhD studentship in companion animal science, and two master’s degrees by research.

The PhD studentship will offer partial funding of £80,000 and the application should be submitted by prospective academic supervisors of the student. The institution that they belong to is responsible for securing any remaining funding required to cover the student’s work on the project.

Applications for the BSAVA PetSavers master’s degrees by research are also now invited, and in this grant call two projects will be awarded funding of up to £42,000 each. The first is in the field of disease in Bull Terriers, with a preference given to applications looking at inherited disorders. The funding for this grant has been made possible by a very generous legacy donation from Terry Heath, a breeder and owner of Bull Terriers.

The second grant will investigate disease that Border Terriers are susceptible to, and is made possible from a large donation from Andrew and Wendy Mooney, who are lifelong owners and breeders of Border Terriers, as well as a donation from Border Terrier Lifeline.

Speaking about the grant, Andrew and Wendy said: “Having been involved in almost every aspect of Border Terriers from pet owner to show dog owner, to breeder, dog show judge, grooming, rescue, and charity work (PAT Dogs), and feeling incredibly indebted to our dogs for all the pleasure they have given us, we decided that we wanted to try and contribute to the future of the breed in some meaningful way.”

Sarah Williams, Fundraising and Grant Awards Manager for BSAVA PetSavers continued: “We are extremely grateful for the support of those who have kindly donated towards these grants, and are excited to help develop the veterinary researchers of tomorrow by funding these studentships.”

Applications for both the PhD and master’s degrees by research will close on 15th October. Further information and application forms for the PhD can be found here: For more information on how to apply for the master’s grants, visit the website here: