The General Assembly (GA) comprises delegates from all our Member Organizations (MOs) at our biannual meetings. The GA is the main governing body of IVSA; one of its tasks is to elect the IVSA Officials for every term.
During the IVSA Symposium organised during December / January, the President of IVSA for the next term, starting September the 1st, is chosen. During the IVSA Congress in June/ August, the other seven members of the Executive Committee, in addition, during the congress, are also elected the Secretariats, Chairs, Regional Representatives and Trust Members.
Together, this group compose the next IVSA Team of Officials.
More information on the tasks of the different administrative bodies of IVSA can be found below.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee (EXCO) is the supreme administrative body of IVSA and consists of the President, Secretary General, Treasurer, Member Organization Director, Development Aid Director, Committee Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator and External Relations Officer. Each of the EXCO members is responsible for tasks vital to running IVSA between the General Assemblies. If you want to read more about each EXCO member’s specific tasks and projects or the EXCO in general, please visit the Manuals section of the IVSA Wiki and the projects section.
The Secretariat is an administrative body of IVSA elected by the General Assembly to assist the EXCO with its tasks and projects. The Secretariat consists of eight Secretaries this year, each allocated to one or several EXCO members, and they assist the rest of the EXCO with whatever tasks they might need help performing. It’s also an excellent trainee program for anyone interested in running for a position in the EXCO in the following term. Please visit our manuals to learn more about the Secretariat and their duties.
The Trust consists of six Trustees, who all have formerly held a position in the Officials team before being elected. They have an advisory role, guiding, supervising and assisting the work of the EXCO and the Secretariat. The Trust has a vital role when a new EXCO is elected so that the new officers can quickly get started on their work and be updated on the work of the former EXCO. This body ensures stability and efficiency in the running of IVSA. Please read more about the Trust in our manuals.
Committee and Network Chairs
The Chairs of the committees and networks of IVSA are the elected leaders of the IVSA Committees and IVSA Networks. Currently, IVSA has five committees: the Standing Committee of One Health (SCOH), the Standing Committee of Veterinary Education (SCOVE), the Standing Committee on Animal Welfare Committee (SCAW), the Standing Committee on Wellness (SCOW), and the Standing Committee on Career Attributes (SCOCA). Besides the committees, IVSA currently has three networks: the Alumni Network, the Equine Network and the Wild and Exotic Animals Network. The Committees and Networks Chairs facilitate the functionality and work of the different committees and networks as well as the projects, which are very important to the IVSA and its members.
IVSA is divided into 6 regions (Asia, Europe, Middle East North Africa (MENA), Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas) to facilitate the cooperation of Member Organizations within the Region and strengthen communication with IVSA Global.