Our Mission

WSAVA Mission Statement


"To advance the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through an educated, committed and collaborative global community of veterinary peers."


Each year an Annual WSAVA World Congress is held in a different part of the world, hosted by a member association under the auspices of WSAVA. The Congress attracts large numbers of vets and veterinary nurses/technicians from many countries. They are able to learn from top international speakers on all aspects of small animal practice. Proceedings from the Congress are available to veterinary schools, libraries and individuals, and provide a valuable source of the most up to date knowledge.

WSAVA CE committee is in charge of running an imaginative series of continuing education courses, using world-renowned speakers, for veterinarians in areas where companion animal practice is relatively less developed. After starting the programme in the emerging countries of Eastern Europe, WSAVA's targets have now expanded to include other areas including the Balkan States, Russia, South East Asia, China, India and South America.

In addition to the general practitioner’s interest, WSAVA is also working in close co-operation with the veterinary speciality groups in Europe and the USA towards the production of an Asian Board of Registered Specialists.

Through a number of its committees, WSAVA collaborates with veterinary scientists in academia to enhance understanding and knowledge of specific topics This takes the form of various standardization projects such as vaccination guidelines, hereditary diseases, gastrointestinal standardization, renal diseases. A number of committees works on development of important initiatives and guidelines which are: Global nutrition committee, Global Pain Council, One Health Committee and Animal wellness and welfare committee.


WSAVA furthers international relationships between all veterinarians dealing with small animal health and welfare.

The WSAVA Convention for the Protection of Companion Animals contains a set of legislative proposals which have been endorsed by the Assembly. Many of the member associations have become signatories, which means they have agreed to the basic common standard of attitude and practice. Also they will use their influence and knowledge to educate the community about animals and to increase community awareness of all issues affecting animal welfare. A WSAVA Animal Welfare Symposium is included in the programme of the Annual WSAVA World Congress.

The Annual Congress provides the forum for these and other matters to be discussed, as well as encouraging friendship and co-operation between veterinarians from all over the world. News for members is published widely on the website, in the Journal of Small Animal Practice and in a variety of other journals in many languages.


WSAVA promotes the standing of small animal practice.

In association with prestigious sponsoring companies, WSAVA encourages excellence in small animal practice. Each year a number of Awards are presented to veterinarians chosen by an international panel of experts.

By publicising the activities of the WSAVA, its committees and its members, the association can help make the wider community aware of the benefits of pet ownership and the valuable work done by veterinarians who care for small animals.


How we operate

Integrity of the WSAVA relies on its assembly members and volunteers who comprise the current executive board. Many internal committees that are from contributions of our assembly representatives uphold the structure and function and provide a check and balance system to the organization. The following committees that perform such functions are: Financial advisory committee, Scientific advisory committee, Leadership and nomination committee.

And as the association grows to become a true “Global veterinary community” one of our  key strategic activities is in our communication. The PR and communications committee is set up to link our members to each other and also generate a “One global voice” to the world.