Do I Qualify For Free PDSA Treatment?


To qualify for free or subsidised treatment, pet owners must be in receipt of certain benefits, such as housing benefit or council tax support, and live within the catchment area of a PDSA hospital or clinic.

You will need to bring your registration certificate with you to the clinic.

What benefits do you need to qualify for PDSA?

Owners need to be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits to access the service:

  • Child Tax and Working Tax Credits.
  • Universal Credit (without housing element)
  • Pension Credit.
  • Income Support.
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance.
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) (formally incapacity benefit)

What can I do if I can’t afford a vet?

When You Can’t Afford Veterinary Care

  1. Choose pet insurance.
  2. Get a Credit Line.
  3. Ask for payment options.
  4. Consider crowdfunding.
  5. Host a group yard sale.
  6. Use free or low cost clinics.
  7. Ask friends or family.
  8. Start a pet savings account.

How do I get a free PDSA treatment?

PDSA vets care for household pets like cats, dogs and rabbits.

You could receive free treatment for one pet at your local PDSA if you receive at last one of the following:

  • Housing Benefit.
  • Council Tax Support.
  • Universal Credit with a Housing Element.

Can anyone go to PDSA?

The PDSA have a vet care service that you may be eligible for if you cannot afford a vet. PDSA Vet Care services are available to pet owners who receive means tested help with their rent or Council Tax (Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support/Reduction).