Leave a lasting legacy

Making a legacy to RCVS Knowledge is a powerful way to ensure that advances in veterinary care and treatment, knowledge and understanding continue long into the future. 

“People need to have confidence in a charity before they leave money to it in their Will - it is a big decision. For me, the RCVS Charitable Trust was my chosen charity because I was inspired by the scope of its innovative veterinary educational and animal welfare work. I have decided to leave a residual amount to the RCVS Charitable Trust in my Will. This is the most convenient way for me to support the excellent work of the Trust; what’s more, my gift will keep its value over time. I am confident that the Trust will make the very best use of my legacy in its grant-making and educational activities. This will allow me to 'give something back' to the veterinary profession and invest in its future.”

Dr Wendy Harrison
A personal endorsement


Here are some of the gifts we’ve received over the years from our amazing donors:

Dame Olga Uravov FRCVS – Since 2001 Dame Olga’s generous gift has funded a number of travel and research achievement awards, including our latest EMS Grants.  Dame Olga had a long and distinguished career in veterinary medicine, becoming the first female president of the RCVS in 1976.  Her bequest also included her collection of personal papers, photographs and correspondence which we hold in our Archive Collections.

Mr Frank Geoffrey Startup MRCVS – Mr Startup left his book collection and a substantial legacy to the Library ‘in gratitude for the excellent services provided to me by the Library over very many years’. Mr Startup was the first veterinary surgeon to specialise in veterinary ophthalmology whilst working in general practice and produced one of the earliest textbooks on the subject, Diseases in the Canine Eye’ in 1969. You can search for Mr Startup’s contributions on the Library catalogue.

Mr and Mrs Robert Daubney MRCVS – The Robert Daubney Research Fund was established by the Trust in 1992 to fund research in the fields of virology and helminthology, subjects he had pioneered during his career. Our latest Blue Sky Research grants were funded thanks to the generosity of Mr and Mrs Daubney’s gift.

Mr Tom Hendley MRCVS – In 2008 Mr Hendley’s bequest made a significant contribution to our Golden Jubilee Awards. Mr Hendley had expressed his wish to fund research into canine disease and his gift enabled us to award a grant of £250,000 to Professor David Argyle to fund his project; Ageing and regeneration in dogs: a study of stem cells in health and disease.  Read updates on this project.

Miss Rosemary Hughes MRCVS – A recent legacy gift from Miss Hughes has been used to fund a number of £500 EMS grants to veterinary undergraduates. Miss Hughes’s family hoped her bequest would inspire future generations of vets.

Mrs Elisabeth McCaw Gould – Mrs McCaw Gould, a long-term supporter of the RCVS Knowledge, left her legacy gift in 2010. Her daughter’s described her reason for giving – ‘Our mother was a supporter of your charity and we hope this will go some way in helping continue your good work.’

If you would like to discuss legacies and the future of animal health, treatment and welfare, please email Clare Boulton at clare@rcvsknowledge.org, or telephone her on 020 7202 0710.

Alternatively, you can download and complete our ‘Legacy information form’ from our 'Related documents' box, or make a bequest online via Charity Choice, please follow the link in our 'Related links' box.