Why leave a legacy to us?

Legacies left to RCVS Knowledge over the past 50 years have funded a broad and rich range of high quality research and welfare projects. In that time, advances have been made on all fronts of veterinary science, animal treatment and care:

  • Over £1 million invested in companion animal projects, including a number of ongoing research projects into cancer, orthopaedics and heart disease in cats and dogs.
  • An investment of nearly £1 million in production animal projects over the past decade, including specific studies on the treatment of chronic infections and hock lesions in dairy cows.
  • The development of veterinary expertise, animal welfare and conservation in Africa, Asia and the Middle East; recent projects include paravet training in Northern Mali, the development of diagnostic facilities in Mauritania and Tunisia, a scholarship scheme for animal health assistants in The Gambia, and protection of Black Rhino in Zimbabwe.
  • Support for the emotional and welfare needs of veterinarians, including seed funding for a regional support scheme for new graduates, and a helpline for veterinarians struggling with emotional or other welfare problems.

If you want to see this work continue into the next 50 years, make a powerful contribution by including RCVS Knowledge among the beneficiaries mentioned in your Will.

Bequests can also be directed towards a range of key areas of RCVS Knowledge's work, such as blue sky research programmes focusing on animal disease, binding of the older specialist veterinary book stock, preservation of our Historical Collection, etc.  However, unrestricted gifts - the applications of which are left to the discretion of the Trustees - are most valuable as they can be used wherever the need is greatest.


Recent examples

Miss Hughes left us a gift in 2011 – see what we did with it.