Who we Are

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is an association of associations. Its membership is made up of veterinary organisations from all over the world, which are concerned with companion animals. Currently there are 101 member associations globally, representing almost 200,000 individual veterinarians from around the globe.


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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."


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Our People

Our people are volunteers from the veterinary community around the world and are sourced from our assembly member representatives who meet once a year at the WSAVA world congress. The executive board works together with our administrative assistant and committees/working groups to carry out activities that bring global development to our member associations and individual veterinarians.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association - A History

Early years

Veterinarians in the UK launched the original impetus to organize a specialist group for small animal veterinary care - an initiative which led first to the creation of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and, later, to the WSAVA.

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WSAVA Strategic Plan 2014-2019

The following Strategic Planning Task Force Report is comprised of an Introduction, an overview of the revised/current Strategic Planning Process, a summary of the proposed WSAVA 2014-2015 Strategic Plan, and initial identified priorities, including SMART goals.

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WSAVA committees have 2 main functions. One is to carry out activities that provide continuing professional development to our members and the other is to uphold the integrity of the association and how it is remains relevant to members.

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WSAVA projects and working groups are our various teams of experts that come together to create standards in protocol or diagnostic tools to help  practitioners create a unified approach in specific areas such as gastointestinal, liver or renal disease, microchip identifi

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Assembly Members

Assembly members are our member association representatives (one for each member association) and are required to carry out the important task of linking up the WSAVA to respective members in their association. This ensures the continued reinforcement of creating a strong alliance, sharing of professional development and contribution within our membership.


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WSAVA Bylaws

Bylaws 2014


In January 2010 WSAVA sought and was granted status as an incorporated, not-for-profit entity in Canada. To meet the Canadian regulatory requirements, the WSAVA Constitution was revised and the Bylaws of 2012 was in effect. 

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WSAVA Code of Conduct

The WSAVA Code of conduct manual contains information about ethical conduct, member duties, guidelines for sponsorship negotiation, the strategic plan, awards and WSAVA policies. To access detailed information about the topics mentionned, please download manual below.

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Congress Protocol

WSAVA World Congress Protocol

The WSAVA hosts a veterinary congress once a year for companion animal veterinarians from across the globe. The WSAVA World Congress is an internationally recognized veterinary congress with a scientific program of the highest standard produced in alternating regions reflecting the local culture and veterinary diversity.

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WSAVA Awards 

Every year during World Congress, the WSAVA presents its prestigious annual awards which are designed to recognize veterinary excellence and achievement globally.  Our Award winners are an inspiration to our global veterinary community with their work benefitting animals and people right around the world.

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Travel Policy

Travel Documents


Travel Policy- April 2017 Travel Guidelines- April 2017
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President's Message



WSAVA Foundation


To improve global companion animal care by means of science and education

Meet Our Sponsors

The WSAVA Global veterinary community acknowledges the support of industry sponsors and donors to our many facets of activities. The following are the names of companies, organizations and associations that have helped up to build our community together!

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