The WVA is a federation of over 80 veterinary medical associations representing over 500,000 veterinarians across the world on six continents. We work to promote animal health, animal welfare, and public health globally with the understanding that human, animal, and environmental health are intricately interconnected, through food, infectious and zoonotic diseases, research to improve human and animal lives, encroachment on wildlife habitat, and the human-animal bond that has existed throughout time.
The WVA is the internationally recognized voice of global veterinary medicine working with partners around the world, including OIE, WHO, and FAO, to assure improved health and welfare for humans, animals, and the environment we share together.
The World Veterinary Association is recognized and respected as the trusted and influential voice of global veterinary medicine.
To assure and promote animal health and welfare and public health globally, through developing and advancing veterinary medicine, the veterinary profession as well as public and private veterinary services.
Hundred-fifty years ago, in 1863, Dr J. Gamgee convened a first International Veterinary Congress, an initiative that has grown to what the World Veterinary Association (WVA) is today.
The ambition of this first key group of future-oriented colleagues, to bring veterinarians from all over the world together, to share experiences, to exchange ideas and to join forces for the promotion and development of veterinary medicine still is a very valid one.
More than ever veterinary medicine is a global matter. Disease prevention and control, food security and food safety, animal welfare and availability of medicinal products, have all become global issues that need a global approach. Regardless of all achievements made over the years, international veterinary collaboration is increasingly crucial for the promotion of the health and welfare of animals, and the health and well-being of people.
The WVA unites and represents the global veterinary profession, in the interest of the health and welfare of animals and people as well as the interest of its member organisations and their members.