IVSA Standing Committee on Animal Welfare (SCAW) intends to address one of the IVSA’s main objectives; to actively support measures to improve the standard of animal welfare worldwide. SCAW aims to engage veterinary students on an international scale to increase levels of awareness and education about animal welfare and work towards creating a world in which animal welfare is maintained to the highest standards and animals and humans can live in harmony; while also preserving the environment.
- Engage veterinary students on an international scale to increase levels of awareness and education about animal welfare.
- Work towards creating a world in which animal welfare is maintained to the highest standards.
- Preserving the environment.
A calendar containing the dates related to animal welfare is made each month. The calendar is to help MOs plan the events relating to the dates ahead, which can also make the members aware of the animal welfare celebrations worldwide. The calendar could help MOs increase awareness and aid in planning the events.
Ceva Animal Welfare Grant
SCAW has partnered with animal health company CEVA to offer Member organizations the chance to receive up to 600 euros to plan independent animal welfare projects. The projects were in line with SCAW’s core objectives and principles. Nine member organizations' project proposals were selected for the grant. This project was implemented to encourage animal welfare activities in the MOs worldwide.
SCAW shares information with its members via infographics and other attractive social media tools. SCAW uses its social media team and other committee members to provide valuable information related to animal welfare, thus creating awareness among its members on animal welfare aspects. Social media is a significant media of communication for students worldwide, and the SCAW uses it to its maximum.
Animal Welfare Week
SCAW encourages Member Organisations worldwide to organize animal welfare events in their local communities.
SCAW helps members organize these events and relays them through social media to help promote all the different initiatives worldwide. We promote and encourage veterinarians and veterinary students to pursue local efforts to improve animal welfare in their communities. This week aims to foster debate and thought about animal welfare issues, whether inside veterinary schools or in collaboration with outside organizations - or even the general public.
The ambassadors serve as a connection between SCAW and the Member Organisations. They keep the committee updated on any animal-welfare-related activities and events held in their university or any current issues discussed in their university or community. Besides that, the ambassadors are used to disseminate certain projects, including the Ceva animal welfare grant and SCAW surveys.
In turn, SCAW – through the ambassador manager, informs the ambassadors of projects or opportunities and relays and promotes the events organized by these MOs through social media.