brian-2Chair: Brian Jochems, IVSA SAVMA
Committee Coordinator: Alexandra Sousa

General Committee Goals for the next 4 months:

  • Communicate with current EXCO and former officials about possible tasks and goals for this paid position, publishing the results and asking for feedback from the Member Organizations
  • Communicate with other organizations with a similar position to ascertain the management of this position for their organization
  • Draft up contract outlining paid position and what duties/responsibilities/expectations it entails
  • Begin the hiring process to hire this individual
  • Provide feedback and support to individual in paid position for the first few months
  • Create a presentation to be given at the Special General Assembly in SAVMA regarding this position to vote on whether to keep the position or terminate it

Dear IVSA Membership,

My name is Brian Jochems and I was recently elected as the Chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee for IVSA Paid Positions. A little bit more about me! I am 25 years old and currently a final year veterinary student at the University of Missouri in the USA. I am the current exchange officer for SAVMA (Student American Veterinary Medical Association) and have a strong interest in zoo medicine. I enjoy exercise (triathlons in particular are my favoriteJ) and love being outdoors!

I am looking for two motivated IVSA members who are ready and willing to help navigate IVSA through the transition of adopting a paid position within the organization. Ideally, these members would come from a variety of experiences with IVSA (both someone with experience on ExCo or Secretariat, and someone with little experience in IVSA leadership). The idea of this paid position surfaced within ExCo as a possible solution to the overwhelming work it is to run such an organization as well as to provide some long-term stability to the association (with the idea being this person would remain in the position for a minimum of three years). Several other associations similar to ours also have such a position. Given the unexplored nature of this endeavor, an Ad Hoc Committee was formed at the most recent Congress in Austria to help the ExCo and the general IVSA body navigate through this transition. This committee will be working closely with current and previous ExCo and IVSA Officials for input and guidance. If you have an interest in assisting IVSA in this new and exciting initiative, and are willing to put in some work to help make this transition as smooth as possible, than this committee is for you.

Please note: This committee is scheduled to end at the IVSA Symposium and Special General Assembly in SAVMA this January, however there is the possibly of work extending behind should tasks still need to be completed and at the discretion of the General Assembly gathered at Symposium.

I welcome any and all applications and am so excited you are considering joining my committee! Please fill out the following form if interested in applying for the committee:

Application Form

Additionally, feel free to direct any questions or clarifications to myself at the contact information at the top of this page!


Brian Jochems