Standing Committee on Wellness

Standing Committee on Wellness

“Wellness is the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind which can also be perceived as an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life.”

Mental Health problems are seen more and more commonly throughout the veterinary community with each passing year. Seeing that this problem is very real, several students at the International Veterinary Students’ Association created the Standing Committee on Wellness (SCOW). This committee is devoted - as its name suggests - into improving the wellness of the people in the veterinary profession and aims to promote the self-improvement of mental and physical health in the veterinary society, including veterinary professionals and students alike.

Mission

Help students identify stress factors by giving presentations at student gatherings and disseminating information

Share stories to help students realize they are not alone in experiencing these feelings and inspire them to seek help where possible

Share advice on how to make small positive life changes, such as increasing time spent on sports activities or hobbies, to reduce or avoid stress

Compile a list of different methods veterinary faculties and universities around the world use to provide help for struggling students in order to inspire those looking to create support systems within their own faculties

Projects

Vet Recipe Book

As vet students we have all struggled with keeping our diets healthy and avoiding the easy take-out food. The cookbook is a collection of healthy recipes, tested from students all around the globe, in one handy document. This way, students will not only be able to relish nutritious cuisines from different countries, but will also be able to start eating clean! It is a wonderful way of promoting a healthy and wholesome diet.

Send in your recipe by clicking here for a chance to win 25 euros!

Wellness Toolkit

The wellness toolkit is the “Playbook” of the mental and physical wellbeing of the average veterinary student. It contains every scam, con, hustle, hoodwink, gambit, flim flam, stratagem and bamboozle vet students need to survive their years of vet. school and be transformed from stressed caterpillar students, to wonderful-yet somehow, still stressed- vet butterflies.

Wellness Week

Wellness Week is a, as its name suggests, week-long tribute, to students taking care of themselves, promote wellness to their universities and getting to know each other. It usually takes place during the Spring months, and while wellness is certainly not a race, the Standing Committee on Wellness offers the people with the most wonderful wellness week a prize.

Mentor-Mentee Program

Are you a vet school student, especially during your first years of studies? Have you ever felt that sometimes veterinary medicine can be overwhelming and crushing? Have you considered asking your seniors for help and guidance?

The IVSA mentor-mentee program matches current IVSA students with a member of IVSA alumni, senior year students, or seasoned veterinarians, to help younger students through the twists and turns of veterinary school. This entails providing emotional support, as well as studying or any other student life tips and tricks they have learned in their own time.

Applications to be a mentor or a mentee are currently open-these forms will help us to best match you with a mentor/mentee who fits your interests!

Committee Structure

Chair of Committee: Katerina Kokkinidou, email: scow@ivsa.org

Secretary

Project managers

Mentor-Mentee Project Managers

Wellness toolkit editors

Graphic designers