Funding available

The Trust has funding available to support members of AVA who are pursuing further qualifications in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia either by attending AVA meetings or courses or via Externships in institutions, where at least one ECVAA or ACVAA Diplomate works.

Applicants must be current members of AVA and should not have received a grant from the AVA Educational Trust previously.

There are two deadlines for submission of applications for these grants

January 31st (exceptionally February 28th for 2022) and June 30th of each year 

Applications for funding for the spring AVA meeting or Externships starting before June 30th should be made in January. Applications for funding for the Autumn meeting or Externships in the second half of the relevant year should be made in June.

Applications on the relevant form, and a reference letter should be sent by the closing date, preferably by e-mail to A ‘hard copy’ is not necessary.

Submissions will be reviewed by the trustees of the AVA trust. Applicants will receive notification by email within 4 weeks of the applicable deadline, with information on how to contact the AVA Honorary Treasurer who will then arrange payment to be made.

Criteria used for assessment of applications are available to aid in completion of the required paperwork.

Successful candidates will be required to produce a 500-word report summarising the meeting, outlining how they met their learning objectives and how it may affect their practice of veterinary anaesthesia. These reports will be presented to the sponsor and will also be placed onto the AVA website. Failure to provide such a report on request will be passed on to the ECVAA as evidence of unprofessional behaviour and may result in the request to return the award to the Trust.

The Trust also accepts application for funding from:

The Kate Borer-Weir Memorial Fund

Applications are welcomed for research focused in the areas of equine anaesthesia and analgesia and veterinary education.

The Pain Research Fund

Applications are welcomed from this fund set up following the Manchester 2017 meeting. Subsequent meetings in Berlin and Bristol have also contributed to this fund.

For more information on these funds and to apply for please contact the Trust Secretary at