Skip to main content

Mission & Plan

Our Mission

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

The WSAVA is a global community of more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide drawn from our 105 member associations. Together, we are working to advance the health and welfare of companion animals throughout the world and to speak on behalf of companion animal veterinarians globally. In support of our mission our core activities are based around four key pillars:

shutterstock_38046796-RESIZED-(1).jpg
  • The advancement of companion animal welfare.
  • The creation of globally relevant ‘Standardization Guidelines’ in key areas of veterinary care.
  • The provision of continuing education (CE) for companion animal veterinarians globally
  • Increasing understanding of the importance of companion animals in the One Health movement.

Much of our work is delivered through our hard-working Clinical Committees and we are grateful to our committee members, all volunteers and experts in their field from around the world, who work together to develop WSAVA Global Guidelines, information, tools and other educational resources to support companion animal veterinarians. They also campaign on key issues to veterinarians globally, such as animal welfare, professional wellness and equitable access to veterinary therapeutics.


Strategic Plan

We work to an agreed Strategic Plan to ensure that we meet the expectations of our members and remain focused on the delivery of our mission.

Read the WSAVA Strategic Plan 2014-2019 (PDF).


Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct manual contains information about ethical conduct, member duties, guidelines for sponsorship negotiation, the strategic plan, WSAVA Awards and WSAVA policies.

Read the full WSAVA Code of Conduct (PDF).
concave-pink-white