IVSA UK and Ireland is the local chapter of the IVSA for students at the veterinary faculties in the UK and Ireland. We are now a subcommittee of The Association of Veterinary Students UK and Ireland, and students automatically become members of IVSA upon obtaining AVS membership. We endeavour to form international links with other vet schools, raise awareness about veterinary public health and present opportunities for our members to attend conferences overseas. There are nine universities which offer Veterinary Medicine & Science within the UK & Ireland. These are the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, University College Dublin (UCD), the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, the University of Liverpool, the University of Nottingham, The University of Surrey and the Royal Veterinary College, London. We have two IVSA exchange representatives at each university and meet twice a year. These representatives are responsible for organising exchange trips with veterinary faculties at other universities outside the UK and Ireland. If students wish to do EMS abroad and meet foreign vet students, their school’s IVSA representative can coordinate with their overseas to assist with organising this.
Formed in 1942, AVS are a division of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
The AVS acts as a bridge between students and other areas of the profession. Executive committee members frequently attend meetings with the BVA, the RCVS and many other professional and student organisations, with the explicit aim of ensuring that student opinion is considered when creating policies that concern students. The AVS has recently further incorporated the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) into its meetings so as to add to the strengths of each organisation.
Vet school reps act as a link with other vet schools and are able to present issues to the main committee, and seek opinion from their own student body on matters that concern the AVS.
IVSA was founded in 1951. 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 by arranging annual meetings (congresses and symposia), running permanent projects, facilitating exchanges and publishing a quarterly newsletter.
The General Assembly (GA), consisting of delegates from all the member organizations present is the main governing body of IVSA, and at the IVSA Congress the GA elects the Executive Committee, which is in charge of the daily running of IVSA, with the help of the Secretariat and the Trust, also elected by the GA.
Animal Welfare Committee (AWC)
Standing Committee on One Health (SCOH)
Standing Committee on Veterinary Education (SCoVE)
See their websites for more information: www.ivsa-committees.org