The General Assembly (GA), consisting of delegates from all our member organizations present at our biannual meetings, is the main governing body of IVSA. One of the tasks of the GA is election of the IVSA Officials for every term.
During the IVSA Symposium that is organized during winter – December / January – the President of IVSA for the next term starting on September the 1st is chosen. During the IVSA Congress in summer, the other seven members of the Executive Committee, which is in charge of the daily running of IVSA with the help of the Secretariat and the Trust, are also elected by the GA. In addition to the Executive Committee members, the members of the Secretariat and the Trust are also elected by the GA during the IVSA Congress in summer.
More information on the tasks of the different administrative bodies of IVSA, as well as the chart with the current IVSA Officials 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 and three open positions, this year specified as: Committee Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator and External Relations Officer. Each of the ExCo members is responsible for tasks vital to the running of 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 also visit the projects section.
The Secretariat is an administrative body of IVSA, elected by the General Assembly to assist the ExCo with their tasks and projects. The Secretariat consists of eight Secretaries this year, each allocated to one or several ExCo members, but they are also to assist the rest of the ExCo with whatever tasks they might need help performing. It’s also a great trainee program for anyone who is 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 five Trustees this year, who all have formerly held a position in either the ExCo or the Secretariat prior to 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 quickly can get started on their work, and be updated on the work of the former ExCo (also each officer has a handover period after the new ExCo is elected to update them on current projects and their tasks). This body ensures stability and efficiency in the running of IVSA. Please read more about the Trust in our manuals.
The Chairmen of the committees and working groups of IVSA are the elected leaders of the IVSA Committees and Working Groups. Currently, IVSA has five committees: the Standing Committee of One Health (SCOH), the Standing Committee of Veterinary Education (SCoVE), the Standing Commitee 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 one working group: the Working Group on Alumni (WGA). The Committee and Working Group Chairs facilitate the functionality and work of the different committees and working groups as well as the projects, which are very important to the IVSA and her members. At last, the Chairmen are responsible for updating the ExCo on the projects and progress of the Committee or Working Group.
We have divided IVSA to 6 regions (Asia, Europe, Middle East North Africa (MENA), Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas) in order to initiate cooperation of Member Organizations within the Region and strengthen the communication with IVSA Global. On the posters below, you will find the Regional Representatives of each region, their contact information, and links to the Regional Facebook Group which you can join. We hope that this project would not just encourage more involvement in IVSA, but also strengthen communication and our bond as one big IVSA Family.