Fachschaft Veterinärmedizin
Universität Bern


IVSA stands for International Veterinary Students Association.

It exists 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.

We are

17 students from first to third year who form the executive committee. In fact, every student is automatically part of IVSA.

New members are always welcome!

Committee of 2019/2020: Above: Sarah, Lea, Kathrin, Caroline, Florence, Alea, Francesca; below: Federica, Rahel, Zoe, Seraina, Céline (from left to right).
Not pictured: Charlène, Raphael, Camille, Nathalie

The specific aims are

  • To raise the overall standard of veterinary education, particularly in disadvantaged countries.
  • To actively support measures to improve the standard of animal welfare worldwide.
  • To provide opportunities for veterinary students to undertake education in important areas outside the traditional  veterinary training (e.g. in management, animal welfare,environmental issues and technical language training).
  • To increase the awareness of the functions and philosophy of the IVSA.
  • To represent the international interest of veterinary students.


IVSA meets these goals by

  • Organising student exchange programmes
  • Holding international congresses and symposia
  • Producing various publications
  • Supporting veterinary education, especially in disadvantaged countries
  • Working with professional veterinary health care organisations
  • Representing the international professional interests of veterinary students 

What does this mean FOR YOU?

Through IVSA you can join to single and group exchanges. Besides IVSA organises every year Workshops, Congresses and Symposia for which you can apply as well. The Fachschaft Vetmed Bern is a part of IVSA so the Membership for you is free. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us via email: ivsaswitzerland.bern@ivsamo.org. 

You can also find us on Facebook (IVSA Bern, Switzerland) and Instagram (ivsa_bern_switzerland).