Why are you a member of IVSA?
I believe that there are as many answers to this question as veterinary students worldwide. The beautiful diversity of our reasons to be involved in the association, paths in the veterinary profession and our cultural backgrounds makes IVSA a global platform that allows us to broaden our horizons and learn from each other, collectively improving our approach to veterinary medicine. It amplifies our voices and allows us to play a crucial role in tackling global health challenges. I am delighted to be part of this international family, seeing it thrive, embracing our diversity working towards the common goal – safety of animals and people of the world. I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the upcoming year!
Lots of love,
Yuri Victor Calvo
IVSA President 2022-2023
The International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) aims to improve the standard of veterinary education internationally through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and culture. The mission of IVSA is to “benefit the animals and people of the world by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary students to promote the international application of veterinary skills, education and knowledge”.
The way in which this is achieved is through our annual international events: congresses and symposia, facilitating exchanges between our members, endorsing events and projects on national and local levels, and many projects and educational opportunities focusing on animal welfare, one health, education, soft skills and wellness.
IVSA helps to expand the worldwide collaboration of over thirty thousand students, enriching their student experience and improving their skills as future veterinarians. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1951 and is also the largest veterinary student association in the world.
On shaping the future of veterinarians, IVSA Exchange Program provides a network of active IVSA members that globally facilitate access to veterinary fields on a journey to explore veterinary medicine in different cultural and social backgrounds.
IVSA Congress and Symposium are held annually. Members gathered in one place to discuss the future of IVSA in General Assembly, the supreme decision making body of IVSA. Delegations also can feel veterinary medicine’s field in different culture around the world.
The Committees and Groups of IVSA are subordinate to the ExCo and ultimately to the General Assembly, and may be authorized to act on IVSA's behalf on certain issues with permission from either body.