AVS operates in conjunction with many other organisations, and we thank them for their continued support. Please take a moment to visit their websites and find out more about them using the links below. Many will be of interest to both current and prospective veterinary students.

The IVSA (International Veterinary Students’ Association) was founded in 1951. Their mission statement is 'To benefit the animals and people of the world' which they achieve by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary students to promote the international application of veterinary skills, education and knowledge.

IVSA aims to:

  1. Encourage veterinary students to use their knowledge and abilities for the benefit of both animals and humans

  2. Raise the overall standard of veterinary education worldwide

  3. Actively support measures to improve the standard of animal welfare worldwide

  4. Encourage cooperation between members veterinary student associations and international organisations

They arrange annual meetings (congresses and symposia), run permanent projects, facilitate student exchanges, publish a quarterly newsletter, and administer a scholarship fund to assist students in undertaking EMS or research abroad. 

IVSA UK and Ireland

IVSA UK and Ireland is the local chapter of the IVSA for students at the veterinary faculties in the UK and Ireland, and is now a subcommittee of AVS. Hence, every member of AVS is automatically also a member of IVSA UK and Ireland. For more information, contact your AVS representative. Each veterinary school also has their own IVSA Exchange reps, get in touch with them to find out more about IVSA exchange opportunities at your University. These can include helping students organise EMS overseas.

Other partners

British Veterinary Association

The BVA is the national representative body for the UK veterinary profession. The BVA guides members throughout their careers, from student to retirement, with the support and knowledge they need to achieve their goals, and to speak up for them on the issues that matter most.

Prospective and current veterinary students may find the 'student centre' section of their website particularly useful.


Veterinary Benevolent Fund

Vetlife is the website of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund, established with funding from the BVA and RCVS trust. VBF works for vets and their dependants, vet students and vet nurses to provide confidential help and support in times of need.

24/7 free, confidential helpline number: 0303 040 2551

British Veterinary Zoological Society

The BVZS runs bi-annual meetings, details of which can be found on their website. Veterinary students can attend the meetings at a concessionary rate, and are able to act as stewards. There is also the opportunity at meetings for networking with individuals and organisations that may be able to provide students with EMS placements.

Animal Welfare Foundation

Founded in 1983, AWF works to improve the welfare of animals. It funds research, supports veterinary education, provides pet care advice and encourages debate on animal welfare issues. In conjunction with AVS, the AWF has arranged many animal welfare talks at the UK and Ireland veterinary schools, discussing issues ranging from TB control to the ethics surrounding cat cafés.

British Small Animal Veterinary Association

The BSAVA was founded in 1957 as a professional body to serve veterinary Surgeons who treat companion animals and now has over 8,500 members. The majority of their members work in practice as veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses.

British Cattle Veterinary Association

The BCVA is the cattle specialist division of the BVA. The main activities of the association centre around providing around 1300 members with information and education on relevant issues. The BCVA Congress is held in the autumn and training courses are run throughout the year at various locations. 

British Equine Veterinary Association

BEVA is committed to serve and lead the equine veterinary profession in the championing of high standards of equine health and welfare and the promotion of scientific excellence and education throughout the world.

BEVA is a world leading equine veterinary association with over 2,400 members globally. BEVA is a highly regarded authority representing the industry at the highest level, running outstanding CPD and producing universally respected journals.

BEVA runs an annual conference, information regarding which can be found here. They also provide student bursaries for this event. You can learn more about the experience this can provide and the perks from Ruby Cox, who has written for JAVS.