IVSA is the International Veterinary Students’ Association, connecting you with veterinary students around the world!
The mission of IVSA Global 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.”
IVSA is newly established in Glasgow and is open to all students, to help you increase your global network and engage with veterinary medicine on an international level! We are actively expanding and looking for new ways to engage as many students as possible. In normal times, we hold exchanges with other IVSA chapters across the world, allowing students to travel, experience different cultures and network with vet students from different parts of the world.
IVSA Glasgow also stays active on a local level with events including our Pet Photoshoot, Cultural Food Festival (featured during our Culture and Diversity Month Celebration), Clinical Skill Olympics and monthly Cocktail Corners. All of these events have been able to be converted to online or socially distanced events in the current circumstances, so don’t worry, IVSA is adaptable and has something for everyone. No matter what we are all experiencing, we experience it as a community! We welcome all students (not just vet students) to take part and get involved at a local level.
On a global level IVSA has 5 standing committees; Veterinary Education, Animal Welfare, One Health, Wellness, Career Attributes and Alumni. We have recently established the IVSA Wellness Committee as a sub-committee of IVSA Glasgow, reflecting IVSA Global’s Standing Committee on Wellness. Our aim is to promote wellness in the veterinary profession, starting here at vet school.
To this aim, we hold a number of events throughout the year. Our most successful event has been the Christmas Gift Drive for the elderly. With the generosity of the vet school, we managed to make 141 Christmas boxes for the residents of local care homes. We hope to continue to hold this event every year!