“IVSA is oftentimes described as a family, a bit of a complicated one, with family members from every corner of the world, but a family nonetheless. We are not bound by blood, but connected by a common purpose: a better, safer, and healthier future for all animals and humans of the world. All of our members contribute in their own way to that single purpose, through education, through developing new skills, through cultural experiences and through simply making friends. That’s what makes IVSA, IVSA. I hope that this year, our family will only get bigger, and that even more people’s lives can be changed by becoming involved in our amazing association.”

Merel Knoops
IVSA President 2020-2021

Member Organizations



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.


IVSA Exchange Program

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.

Congresses and Symposia

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.


IVSA’s Fund aim is to help and promote any project for members from IVSA Central Fund and / or third parties.

Member Organization’s Events and others

Having hundreds of active member organizations, we have done many activities to achieve IVSA’s mission. Let’s check our activities!

Donate to IVSA's Development Fund

Funds will go to underprivileged veterinary students and faculties around the world. For more information, visit our Development Fund page under the "What We Do" tab