ΑWC is a Standing Committee of IVSA is the first Standing Committee of IVSA. It is intended to address one of IVSA’s objectives: to actively support measures of improving the standard of animal welfare worldwide. AWC aims to increase the levels of awareness and education about animal welfare among veterinary students, while allowing them to form their own opinions.

Our goals are to:

  • Create partnerships with organizations protecting Animal Welfare
  • Promote international and local organizations involved in Animal Welfare
  • Organize animal welfare workshops, lectures, webinars, etc. at IVSA events or separately
  • Publish articles about animal welfare in the IVSA newsletter and journal
  • Provide sources of information and knowledge on Animal Welfare
  • Create places of training on Animal Welfare for veterinary students


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The Animal Welfare Committee is the oldest standing committee in IVSA, it needs motivated students who are willing to put in the work to improve the lives of animals around the world and bring students closer to projects where they can make a difference! The committee will be made up of 7 students worldwide and a Chair, Hilary Antosh from the USA, in charge of supervising and helping out whenever necessary. I hope you are as excited to get started as I am and I can’t wait to hear from you from your application form.

If you can’t join the committee this year but would still like to help, please visit our website www.ivsa-committees.org or send us an e-mail at animalwelfare@ivsa.org, and leave your suggestions or tell us about your animal welfare projects and ideas!


Regional Representatives (3)

As a regional representative of your region, you will work with your region’s local Animal Welfare Ambassadors to create a list of animal welfare topics pertinent to your region. These topics will serve as discussion points for our Vet Dialogues project as well as starting new projects that can be relevant and impacting. Representatives should also encourage member organizations in their region to pursue local projects promoting animal welfare. This role requires good communication skills and the ability to work with a variety of people with different opinions. One representative will be selected from each of the following regions:

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe


Publications Team (2)

Members of the publications team will write articles for several publications like the Veterinary Public Health Journal from the Committee on One Health, among others. Articles should pertain to current issues and topics in animal welfare. Articles are expected to be well-researched and include citations. The publications team is also responsible for the “This Week in Welfare” project on the committee’s Facebook page. This role requires excellent English comprehension and composition, as well as creativity for coming up with new topics and always stay up to date with the news on Animal Welfare.


Committee Liaison Officer (1)

The committee liaison officer will collaborate with the other committees (SCOH and SCoVE) on inter-committee projects. This includes organizing a webinar with SCoVE (Standing Committee on Veterinary Education) on an animal welfare topic. The committee liaison officer will also assist with organizing animal welfare workshops for IVSA members at Congress and Symposium. Other projects will depend on the other committees and individual initiative.


Educational Officer (1)

The continuing education officer will compile and maintain a database of externships, internships, and other work opportunities in the field of animal welfare. He/she will also stay up to date on available grants for students/member organizations pursuing local animal welfare projects. This position will work closely with the External Relations Officer and Member Organization Director.


Thank you for considering joining the committee! The applications will close on the 16th of September and students will get a reply from the committee the latest by 25th of September.


Chair of the Animal Welfare Committee,

Hilary Antosh