“For me, IVSA means a family that transcends any distance and borders. The IVSA family is one of compassion, knowledge sharing and generally improving people’s and animals’ lives. I feel like it has definitely achieved that for me personally. So my goal for this term is to achieve that for others as well through all the amazing initiatives that we already have, and trying to add even more to that!”
Elwin van Oldenborgh
IVSA President 2019-2020
The International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) aims to improve the standard of veterinary education internationally through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and culture. The mission of IVSA is to “benefit the animals and people of the world by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary students to promote the international application of veterinary skills, education and knowledge”.
The way in which this is achieved is through our annual international events (congresses and symposia), facilitating exchanges between our members, endorsing events and projects on national and local levels, and many projects and educational opportunities focusing on animal welfare, one health, education, soft skills and wellness.
IVSA helps to expand the worldwide collaboration of over thirty thousand students, enriching their student experience and improving their skills as future veterinarians. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1951 and is also the largest veterinary student association in the world.
On shaping the future of veterinarians, IVSA Exchange Program provides a network of active IVSA members that globally facilitate access to veterinary fields on a journey to explore veterinary medicine in different cultural and social backgrounds.
IVSA Congress and Symposium are held annually. Members gathered in one place to discuss the future of IVSA in General Assembly, the supreme decision making body of IVSA. Delegations also can feel veterinary medicine’s field in different culture around the world.
The Committees and Groups of IVSA are subordinate to the ExCo and ultimately to the General Assembly, and may be authorized to act on IVSA's behalf on certain issues with permission from either body.
- World Veterinary Association (WVA) Animal Welfare Student Award with Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva)World Veterinary Association and Ceva Santé Animale recognize veterinarians and veterinary students for their exemplary work in protecting and promoting Animal Welfare. read more
- Plumb’s Veterinary DrugsPlumb’s Veterinary Drugs delivers the most trusted veterinary drug resource in a digital and mobile-friendly format. Subscribers get instant access to continually updated information on dosing, drug read more
- Committee Applications New Term 2019-2020It’s the start of the new term, and so applications for staff of committees are now (September 1st, 2019) open! See below for application details of all standing committees (SCOH, SCAW, SCoW, read more
- Open calls: Third IVSA Animal Welfare ConferenceIVSA strives to raise the overall standard of veterinary education worldwide by bringing veterinary students together to exchange ideas, knowledge and culture. Animal welfare is an integral read more