SCAW 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. SCAW 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


Board Positions

Chair: Nadine Tod

Publications Team: Dominique Flipse, Nessie Riley

Liaison and Education Officer: Yvonne Cabanlit Cabilan

Regional Representatives:

  • Europe: Megan Rawlins
  • America: Allyson Davis
  • Asia: Natasha Alia Roslan
  • Africa: Osama Ashraf

Find out more about us on the IVSA Committees’ website:



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 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.


Liaison and Educational Officer (1)

The liaison education officer compiles and maintains a database of externships, internships, and other work opportunities in the field of animal welfare. He/she also stays up to date on available grants for students/member organizations pursuing local animal welfare projects. This position works closely with the External Relations Officer and Member Organization Director. The liaison and educational officer also collaborates 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. He/she also assists with organizing animal welfare workshops for IVSA members at Congress and Symposium. Other projects will depend on the other committees and individual initiative.



Interested in getting Active?

Become a SCAW Ambassador!

The SCAW Ambassador will work closely with the Standing Committee on Animal Welfare to create projects within your local Member Organisation to raise awareness of welfare issues in your community.
Be the one that makes a difference!

Apply now:


Please visit our website to find out more about SCAW and its projects. You can also send us an e-mail at, and leave your suggestions or tell us about your animal welfare projects and ideas!


We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Nadine Tod

Chair of the IVSA Standing Committee on Animal Welfare 2017-2018