Development Fund

What is the development fund?

IVSA was created in 1953 to benefit the people and animals of the world through the sharing of knowledge and science of veterinary students all over the world.

The Development Fund (DF) is one of the main ways for the IVSA to achieve this. Created in 1981 to help underprivileged faculties around the world, the DF has assisted many students – not only improving their education, but improving the health and welfare of the animals they care for and people that rely upon them. This is reached by several projects and sponsorships given by the DF every year.

Where do the funds come from?

The DF’s income depends on financial donations, student activities (eg. The Live and Silent Auctions) and fund raising activities. It is also helped by donations of equipment, services and is assisted by similar organizations. But our main fund raising activities are:

  • DF auctions at IVSA Congresses and Symposia (the Live and the Silent auctions)
    • The IVSA Symposium and Congress are held in different countries every year. These are the largest gatherings of IVSA members throughout the year.
  • DF auction at Students American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) symposium

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  • IVSA Merchandise.
    • We also sell merchandise during events. The merchandise contains of IVSA Hoodies, scrubs, pins, phone cases, white t-shirts, etc.
    • All profit from the sellings of our merchandise goes to the Development Fund!


  • Local chapter activities and donations
    • You can also conduct a local fund raising and donate to the IVSA Development Fund.


Current Projects of the Development Fund


The Development Fund supports students around the world with the IVSA Scholarship Grant. This Grant contains multiple scholarships given twice a year. These Scholarships enable students to do an internship at a veterinary placement of their choosing. Which enables underprivileged students to broaden their experience, knowledge and skillset in the veterinary field.


Scholarship Opportunities:

1. You have the chance to win one of the THREE €1000 scholarships to fund your internship. This internship must be a veterinary placement which is approved by your veterinary faculty.

In order to be one of the winners of the €1000 scholarships, you will have to submit the following:
– One motivational letter
– Two recommendation letters from your faculty teaching staff
– One draft budget

Scholarship Grant Program rules:
– The veterinary student needs to be a member of an IVSA Member Organization to apply.
– As long as the total experience duration for a minimum of 4 weeks, you can combine your internship with an IVSA event (the annual Congress, Symposium or the SAVMA Symposium).
– You have 9 months from when you have received your confirmation email to have completed your internship.
– You will have to organize your own project, but the MOD ( / can help you by getting you in contact with Exchange Officers (EOs) of Member Organizations (MO’s).
– The most important thing is your motivation and educational value of the experience. Please don’t think because you are from a high GDP country you are less likely to be chosen. The selection process is multi-factorial.
– It will make your application stronger if you have an internship plan before applying to the scholarship.
– The money must be used for educational purposes and essential expenses such as food, transport and accommodation You are not allowed to spend the money for touristic attractions, these should be for your own expenses.
– A report has to be written after the internship. This report should be around two (2) A4 pages (examples can be send to you by our Development Aid Director). Please include information on your experience such as why you were there, cases that you saw, lectures you attended and importantly what you have learned.
– You will need to submit your written report and financial report with receipts (examples of layout can be send to you by our Development Aid Director). After this has been submitted, you will be reimbursed up to the maximum amount of money you were granted.
– When you are writing your budget, make sure you put the currency into Euro (€).

Example of the documents for applicants

       Applications for this year are CLOSED! Stay tuned on the IVSA Social Media pages for updates!

Membership Fee Fund

The Development Fund supports MO’s in underprivileged countries through the Membership Fee Fund. New Mo’s are able to apply for this fund when they struggle to pay their first contribution to IVSA. The MFF will pay their IVSA Membership Fee for 1 year, enabling MO’s to start up and reach more students at their faculties.


Reduced Fee Spots

At every IVSA Symposium and IVSA Congress, the OC of the event will give out several reduced fee spots for students to attend the upcoming Symposium or Congress. The Development Fund will fund two more reduced fee spots per event to enable these students to attend the upcoming symposium or congress. The application process for these reduced fee spots, will be through the application form opened by the OC of that particular IVSA Symposium or Congress. Students that have applied for these reduced fee spots, will be contacted through e-mail.


Other Projects

The Development Fund has different projects every year. This year the Development Fund is helping different projects by delivering sponsorship, equipment, and services. Current projects of the Development Fund are: the Mission Rabies project in Ghana, the Vetbooks 4 Africa project, The Philippines Barili Project, the Henry Schein Microscopes project and the Vetbooks from Ohio State project.


Planning an Event

Are you planning an event to raise money for the Development Fund? Thinking of doing one or have you already organized an event to raise money for the Development Fund?

If your answer is “YES” , we would love to hear about it! Please contact our Development Aid Director at


Becoming a Sponsor

If you or your company would like to support us or one of our projects or become one of our official sponsors contact our Development Aid Director for an individual offer.



If you have any questions please email the Development Aid Director. Application forms can be found on our website or facebook page ( Any questions can be send to this years Development Aid Director through



IVSA Development Fund bank account details:

Payment in Euro:

Account Holder:                                International Veterinary Students’ Association IVZW
Account Holder Address:              Avenue de Tervueren 12. B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
Bank:                                                     ING Belgium SA/NV
Mailing Address:                              Avenue Marnix 24, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Account Number:                            363073392866
SWIFT (BIC):                                       BBRUBEBB
IBAN:                                                    BE07363073392866


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